Annual General Meetings Minutes

Scope and Content

Please note that minutes of Annual General Meetings can also be found at the back of two volumes of Executive Committee meetings (ref 5SMW/01/02 and 5SMW/01/03)

Minutes for Annual General Meetings dating from 1 Apr 1978 to 13 Oct 2001

Minutes usually include agendas (some in manuscript), separate secretary's report to 1983 (called annual report from 1984), statement of accounts

Particular items:

Secretary's report for Apr 1977 only

14 Jul 1979 - 'Towards a full ministry' conference to celebrate the Golden Jubilee (conference programme and typescript of lectures)

26 Jun 1982 - Women priests from Anglican Churches Overseas

3 Nov 1984 - General Synod of Church of England about bringing forward legislation to permit ordination of women

22 Oct 1994 - wish to extend scope of the newsletter; change of name to Society for the Ministry of Women in the Church (Ecumenical)

1993-1998 - Secretary dealing with requests from O and A levels students for information about ordination of women

9 Oct 1997 - approved recommendation to create category of Executive Emeritus; WISE (Welsh, Irish, Scottish, English) meeting in Liverpool in 1999; accounts for 1994-1997; ecumenical developments; attachments - editor of newsletter report, membership secretary report, Women's Inter Church Council / Women's Co-ordinating Group of CTE (Churches Together in England), International Association of Women Ministers report of meeting on 28-31 Jul 1997, Women's view of the 2 assemblies held in Graz Jun-Jul 1997, Catholic Women's Ordination report, We are the Church (UK) report

29 Sep 1998 - Women's Co-ordinating Group of Churches Together in England first meeting held on 23 Mar 1998; ecumenical developments; extracts from paper by Jean Mayland sent to Church Representatives meeting (CRM) of the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland (CCBI); report of Durham conference by Angela Robinson (conference marked the end of WCC Decade for Churches in Solidarity with Women held on 17-19 Apr 1998)

30 Oct 1999 - president's report (Pauline Webb) reflected that women's priesthood becoming more accepted; some discussion of woman bishops; Ecumenical Coalition for Women's Ministry report (ECWM was a coalition of denominational groups and had status within CTE, related to SMWC, but the two could not merge); Sr Teresa's report on Women's Co-ordinating Group of Churches Together in England; report from the Unitarian Representative, Methodist Women's Forum and Network, CWE, Sr Teresa's report on Ecumenical Coalition of Women Ministers

4 Oct 2000 - no progress on the website; further suggestions of draft constitution and bylaws; reports - Women's Co-ordinating Group for Churches Together in England, Ecumenical Coalition of Women Ministers, Treasurer, update on some larger ecumenical developments, Churches Together in England, CWO and WOW, St Joan's Alliance, Unitarian representative, Secretary of WATCH; periodical 'Distinctive News of Women in Ministry' number 14 Sep 2000; draft constitution and bylaws papers

13 Oct 2001 - approval of constitution and 'current policy' guidelines (draft copies attached); reports - Ecumenical Coalition of Women Ministers, Women's Co-ordinating Group for Church Together in England, Unitarian Representative; events and dates to clear; ministry and leadership

2002 - Statement of accounts for year ending 30 Jun 2002 only

18 Oct 2003 - name change to the Ecumenical Network for Women's Ministry and details of new remit

2004 - statement of accounts for year ending 30 Jun 2004

Abbreviations used in minutes:

CCBI - The Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland

CWO - Catholic Women's Ordination

ECWM - Ecumenical Coalition of Women Ministers

IAWM - International Association of Women's Ministers

SMWC - Society for the Ministry of Women in the Church

URC - United Reformed Church

WATCH - Women And The Church

WICC - Women Inter Church Council

WOW - Women's Ordination Worldwide