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Administration [series]

The Administration series contains the planning materials and records of general assemblies; early records and content related to predecessor organizations; and the records of governing bodies and committees (including the Constitution and Bylaw, Finance and Budget, and Strategic Planning committees among others). The series documents various reorganizations (including the Consultations on the Future of Ecumenism in Michigan that resulted in the MCC's rebirth as the MEF) as well as the evolution of the MCC/MEF's constitution, governance (Board of Directors, Program Development Table, and State Ecumenical Coordinating Committee), and goals. Also present are personnel files of executive directors and other officers as well as printed materials that include news clippings and MCC/MEF newsletters.

 
Assemblies and State Ecumenical Forums
Box   1  
Annual reports and agendas 1940-1976 (21 folders)

(missing 1942, 1946, 1956, 1958-1959)

Box   1  
Correspondence 1969-1972
 
Planning materials, agendas and correspondence
Box   1  
1985-1986 (5 folders (includes 7 audio cassette recordings of the April 1986 State Ecumenical Forum in Grand Rapids))
Box   2  
1987-1994 (26 folders)
Box   3  
1994-2001 (10 folders)
Box   3  
Guidelines 1986-1988
 
Committees
 
Budget and Finance

(includes related financial materials)

Box   3  
Financial records, budgets, and correspondence 1955-1983 (17 folders)

(missing material from 1978-1979)

Box   4  
Financial records, budgets, and correspondence (incomplete materials) 1984-2002
Box   4  
Real property 1956-1957, 1984-1986 (6 folders)

(includes photographs)

Box   4  
MEF Endowment Fund 1988-1995, 2001 (3 folders)
 
Constitution and Bylaws
 
Document revisions and official versions
Box   4  
1945-1957
Box   4  
1964-1995
 
Meeting materials, correspondence, and reports
Box   4  
1962-1969 (2 folders)
Box   4  
1971
Box   4  
1991
Box   4  
Membership and Relationships: clippings, correspondence, directories, etc. 1962-2001 (10 folders)
Box   5  
Nominating: meeting minutes, correspondence, and slates 1987-1996 (9 folders)
Box   5  
Personnel: meeting minutes, correspondence, and job descriptions 1965-1996 (11 folders)
 
Strategic Planning

(includes planning materials from other committees)

Box   5  
Correspondence 1964-1969
Box   5  
Meeting minutes, memoranda, and related materials: 1958-1968 (8 folders)
Box   5  
Position statements 1970-1981
Box   5  
Program Committee materials 1977-1980, 1987-1991
 
Projects
Box   5  
Northport Report 1965
Box   5  
Co-op Ministries 1966-1967
Box   5  
Vacationland Workshop 1967
Box   5  
Consultation on Church Location 1968
Box   5  
Resolutions 1964-1969
Box   6  
Working papers, reports, and proposals 1956-1998 (7 folders)

(includes the MCC-28 planning document)

 
Other
Box   6  
Assemblies 1993-1994
Box   6  
Courtesy 1965-1970
Box   6  
Ecumenical Mission 1997-1998
Box   6  
Friends of MEF 1983-1993
Box   6  
Interchurch Office Center 1963-1964
Box   6  
Justice and Service 1992-1993
Box   6  
Property 1988
Box   6  
Taxation and the Church 1975-1979
 
Early Records and Predecessor Organizations
 
Michigan Sunday School Association

(also known as the Michigan Sunday School Council of Religious Education and the Michigan Council of Religious Education)

Box   6  
Articles of Association (and amendment) 1916, 1926
Box   6  
Certificate of Dissolution 1936
Box   6  
One hundredth anniversary research materials 1959-1960 (2 folders)
Box   6  
Records held by the Michigan Historical Commission Archive Dept. 1961

(item list of records from 1886-1960)

 
Governance
 
"Blue Books": yearly authorized records of action of the MCC containing the minutes of the general assembly, Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee
Box   6  
Description of the Contents of Blue Record Books 1968

(covers 1964-1968)

Box   7  
1928-1936
Box   7  
1964-1968 (4 volumes)
Box   8  
1969-1972 (4 volumes)
Box   9  
1973-1975 (3 volumes)
Box   10  
1976-1977 (2 volumes)
Box   11  
1978-1981 (4 volumes)
Box   12  
Administrative staff meeting minutes and memoranda 1965-1967
 
Correspondence
Box   12  
1967-1971 (3 folders)
Box   12  
1980-2002 (3 folders)
 
Board of Directors: minutes, correspondence, and related materials

(additional materials for 1964-1981 located in the "Blue Books")

Box   12  
1953-1963 (2 folders)
Box   12  
1982-1986 (4 folders)
 
Executive Committee: minutes, correspondence, and related materials

(additional materials for 1964-1981 located in the "Blue Books")

Box   12  
1962-1964
Box   12  
1967-1969
Box   12  
1981-1986 (3 folders)
Box   13  
1990-1999
 
Officers
Box   13  
General lists 1947-1965
Box   13  
Installation of Directors 1960s-1980s
 
Reports of the Executive Director
Box   13  
1965-1968
Box   13  
1981-1988, 2001
Box   13  
Program Development Table 1969-1972 (2 folders)
 
State Ecumenical Coordinating Committee (SECC)

(succeeded the Board of Directors after the MCC became the MEF)

Box   13  
Board directories and curricula vitae 1986-2001
 
Meeting minutes, correspondence, and related materials
Box   13  
1986-1995 (50 folders)
Box   14  
1995-2002 (29 folders)
 
Yearly collections of SECC activities, memoranda, and reports
Box   14  
1985-1986 (2 folders)

(unarranged)

Box   15  
1987-1998 (10 folders)

(unarranged; missing 1995 and 1997)

 
Personnel Files
Box   15  
Bassett, Wendell (Executive Director) 1965-1968
Box   15  
Benallack, William (Associate Director, Division of Christian Mission) 1964

(includes photograph)

Box   15  
Brown, Nelson (Director of Peace Education) 1973-1976

(includes photograph)

Box   15  
Bruun, Arril "Archie" (Director, Michigan Farm Worker Ministry) 1971-1974

(includes photograph)

Box   15  
Crouch, Arthur E. "Ted" (Associate Executive Director) 1972-1974

(includes photograph)

Box   15  
Fisher, Robert (Treasurer) undated
Box   15  
Frears, Robert (Associate Director, Division of Christian Education) 1966-1967
Box   15  
Kearns, Jr., Raymond V. (Executive Director) 1974-1976
Box   15  
Kidd, Samuel E. (Executive Director) 1969-1973
Box   15  
Lord, Harry J. (Director) 1961
Box   15  
McKinney, Harold C. (Associate Director, Division of Church in Society) 1963-1964
Box   15  
Mielke, William C. (Director of Continuing Education) 1972-1973
Box   15  
Mondol, Harold (Associate Director, Division of Church in Society) 1965-1967
Box   15  
Rozendaal, John (Program Director, Michigan Migrant Ministry) 1969-1976
Box   15  
Vore, Duane N. (Executive Director) 1975-1978

(includes photograph)

 
Printed Materials
Box   16  
Clippings and articles 1960-1988
Box   16  
MEF media packet 1986
Box   16  
"Milestones in MEF History" 2002
 
Newsletters
Box   16  
"The Collaborator" 1943-1947
Box   16  
"News Nuggets" 1955
Box   16  
"Spot News" 1966-1968
Box   16  
"Action" 1971
Box   16  
"Council News" 1973-1978 (2 folders)
Box   16  
"The Time Has Come" 1982-1986
Box   16  
"Michigan Ecumenical Forum Newsletter" 1987-1993, 1998 (2 folders)
Box   16  
Press releases 1974-1996
Box   16  
Publications: pamphlets, brochures, and reports 1962-1982
 
Reorganization: Consultations on the Future of Ecumenism in Michigan
Box   16  
Reports on ecumenism 1982-1985
 
Steering Committee
Box   16  
Brown (Patricia): personal notes and correspondence 1980-1985
Box   16  
Meeting materials, correspondence, and related materials 1979-1985 (3 folders)
Box   16  
Transition Committee (MCC, MEF, and School for Ministry) 1984-1985
 
Other
Box   16  
Address system and mailing protocols 1980s
Box   16  
File cabinet manifests 1985-1987
Box   16  
Subscriptions and memberships 1982
 
Organizational Activities and Units [series]

The Organizational Activities and Units series consists of planning materials, meeting minutes, reports, and correspondence related to the MCC/MEF's operations. The series is divided into five subseries based upon longstanding (albeit frequently renamed) official divisions in the original MCC's activities (Church in Society, Education, Interchurch Unity and Cooperation, and Missions and Outreach) as well as General Issues, Initiatives, and Partnerships unassociated with specific initiatives.

 
Church in Society [subseries]

The Church in Society subseries reflects the activities of the Division of Church in Society, Division of Christian Life and Work, the Program Development table. It highlights the role of the MCC/MEF in social issues such as civil rights and race relations, activism against the Vietnam War (especially CALCAV, Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam), and planning materials and correspondence related to the Peace Education Program. The subseries also contains information related to legislative issues as well as the MCC publications Lansing Legislative Memo (a newsletter on political events at the state capital) and Legislative Principles (an annual pamphlet that detailed MCC's priorities in local and state politics).

 
General: meeting minutes and related correspondence

(includes material from the Division of Christian Life and Work and Division of Church in Society)

Box   17  
1954-1965 (3 folders)
Box   17  
1983
 
Aging
Box   17  
Agreement between the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging and the Michigan Ecumenical Forum 1997
Box   17  
Seminars 1997-1998 (2 folders)
Box   17  
Chavez Avenue (in Lansing) Name Controversy 1995
 
Children's issues
Box   17  
General 1981
Box   17  
"Covering Michigan's Kids and Families Proposal" 2001
 
Civil rights and race relations
Box   17  
1947
Box   17  
1962-1963
 
Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam (CALCAV)

(originally Clergy Concerned about Vietnam (CCVN))

Box   17  
General: meeting minutes, reports, and related materials 1967-1972 (4 folders)
 
Branches and regional activity
Box   17  
Detroit 1968-1970
Box   17  
Flint 1969-1970
Box   17  
Saginaw 1970-1971
Box   17  
Congressional candidates' reactions 1968
Box   17  
Correspondence in 1967-1972 (5 folders)
Box   17  
Correspondence out 1967-1970 (4 folders)
Box   18  
Correspondence out 1970-1971
 
Demonstrations and other activities
Box   18  
Anti-ABM March and Conference 1969
Box   18  
Daily Death Toll Project 1971
 
Dinners
Box   18  
Chomsky, Noam 1972
Box   18  
Spock, Dr. Benjamin 1969
Box   18  
Wald, George 1970
Box   18  
Young, Andrew 1969
Box   18  
Dow Chemical Corporation demonstrations 1968-1969 (2 folders)
Box   18  
Draft counseling workshops 1967-1968
Box   18  
Letherer (Father Kenneth) organizing activities 1968-1971 (2 folders)
Box   18  
Paris trip (March 1971) 1970-1971
Box   18  
Selfridge Airforce Base demonstration January-February, 1971
Box   18  
Spring Campaign 1972
Box   18  
Washington Mobilization 1968-1969 (2 folders)
Box   18  
Death Penalty 1974-1976, 1985
Box   18  
Economic crisis in Michigan 1983
Box   18  
Educational Exchange Program Agreement 1952

(contract with the United States Government regarding German exchange students)

Box   18  
International relations 1967-1968
 
Legislative activities
Box   18  
Lansing Legislative Memo (newsletter) 1965-1968
Box   18  
Legislative Information Committee 1963-1964
 
Legislative issues
Box   18  
Council Against Parochaid and Citizens to Advance Public Education 1968-1973 (2 folders)
Box   18  
Committee on State Aid to Non-Public Schools 1968-1969
Box   18  
Governor's Commission on Educational Reform 1969
Box   18  
Proposed religious practitioner legislation 1991
Box   18  
Sex education 1969
Box   18  
State School Board Mission Statement 1997
Box   18  
Legislative Principles (MCC publication) and related correspondence and reports 1963-1970 (2 folders)
Box   18  
Seminars 1965-1971 (3 folders)
 
Peace Education Program (PEP)
Box   19  
General: meeting minutes, memoranda, and reports 1967-1971, 1974 (3 folders)
Box   19  
Correspondence in 1968-1971 (3 folders)
Box   19  
Correspondence out 1968-1971 (3 folders)
Box   19  
Draft counseling and conscientious objector training 1970-1971
Box   19  
Films: promotional materials, study guides, and related materials 1969-1971
Box   19  
Michigan military contractors 1969-1971
 
National and local priorities in spending
Box   19  
Committee 1969
Box   19  
Workshop 1969
Box   19  
Office memos 1968-1969
Box   19  
Staff 1968-1969
 
Planning documents
Box   19  
"Directions for the Division of Church and Society" undated

(facilitate cooperation between denominations and churches)

Box   19  
"A Strategy Proposal: Division of Church and Society" 1967

(focus work on Vietnam and urban issues)

Box   19  
Racism and hate groups: correspondence, conference materials, and clippings 1994-1999

(includes photographs and materials related to Michigan church burnings)

Box   20  
Social Relations Committee 1961-1964
Box   20  
State Citizenship Conference 1953
Box   20  
Surrogate parenting 1983
Box   20  
Urban issues 1978-1979, 1984
Box   20  
Williams International Peace Demonstration (Walled Lake): protests and arrests 1983-1984
 
Education [subseries]

The Education subseries contains records of the Division of Christian Education and various committees as well as materials related to continuing education for clergy and the School for Ministry. The Division's materials focus largely on Sunday school and youth camps but also reflect concerns over the intersection of religion and public education. The continuing education materials detail consultations and initiatives aimed at providing clergy with ongoing ecumenical education. The School for Ministry materials detail the MCC/MEF's collaboration with this non-accredited ecumenical education institution.

 
Division of Christian Education
Box   20  
General meeting minutes, reports, and related materials 1946-1968 (9 folders)
 
Church School Study
Box   20  
General 1962-1966 (3 folders)
Box   20  
Correspondence 1964-1967
Box   20  
Finances 1964-1965
Box   20  
"A Study of Christian Education Program and Personnel in Michigan Churches" by R. K. Ordway 1965
 
Committees
Box   20  
Adult Education and Work 1956-1963
Box   20  
Camp 1958-1972 (7 folders)

(includes materials related to youth camp conferences and camp leaders' training)

Box   20  
Campus Strategy 1956-1963
Box   20  
Children's Work 1960-1965
Box   20  
Laboratory Training 1967-1972 (3 folders)
Box   21  
Youth Work Committee 1958-1966
Box   21  
Purpose and goals of the Division 1940s
 
Workshops, consultations, and conferences
Box   21  
Ecumenical education 1966-1967
Box   21  
Educational planning 1968
Box   21  
Federal aid and education 1965
Box   21  
Religion and public education 1967
Box   21  
Sex education 1966-1967
 
Continuing Education for Clergy

(originally an initiative of the Division of Christian Education)

Box   21  
Committee 1989-1993
 
Consultations
Box   21  
1966-1967
Box   21  
1988
Box   21  
Professional Continuing Ecumenical Education (PROCEED) 1972-1973 (5 folders)
 
School for Ministry
Box   21  
Board meetings: minutes, correspondence, and reports 1982-1989 (5 folders)
Box   21  
Executive Committee (Southeast Michigan) 1981
Box   21  
Financial reports 1983-1985
Box   21  
Homecoming 1987
Box   21  
Newsletters and mailings 1985-1987
Box   21  
Personnel 1985-1986
Box   21  
Policy Board 1982

(includes the School for Ministry's bylaws)

Box   21  
Slides undated
Box   21  
Miscellaneous 1985-1986
 
Interchurch Unity and Cooperation [subseries]

The Interchurch Unity and Cooperation subseries consists of records from the Division of Christian Unity as well as materials related to the development of local church councils and Regional Ecumenical Forum (with a heavy emphasis on the Upper Peninsula). Content reflects interaction with other denominations and non-Christian faiths and conferences and reports dealing with interchurch collaboration.

Box   22  
Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns Commission 2000-2001
 
Division of Christian Unity
Box   22  
General 1965-1969 (2 folders)
 
Faith and Order Study and Summit
Box   22  
Correspondence and minutes 1964-1967
Box   22  
Seminar on Conciliar Development 1967
Box   22  
Summit Conference 1967
Box   22  
Conference on Protestant Needs and Resources 1955-1956
Box   22  
Interfaith Circles Jewish-Christian Dialogue 1989
Box   22  
Michigan Workshop on Christian Unity 1983-1984
Box   22  
Muslim, Christian, Jewish Leadership Forum 1994
Box   22  
National Workshop on Christian Unity 1982
Box   22  
Pastors' Conferences 1940-1969 (3 folders)
Box   22  
"The Resource Connection": Shared Resource Consultation 1988
Box   22  
Formula of Agreement between Evangelical Luthern Church in America, the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., the Reformed Church in America, and the United Church of Christ 1998
 
Regional Development of Ecumenical Forums
Box   22  
Area Councils of Churches 1950s-1970s

(includes material from Bay County, Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Lansing)

Box   22  
Directory of Michigan Interchurch Agencies and related correspondence 1970

(includes list of Michigan Regional/Area Ecumenical Organizations, 1985)

Box   22  
Lansing Area Regional Ecumenical Forum 1982, 1987
Box   22  
Local, Regional, and State Ecumenical Staff: meeting materials and correspondence 1968-1980
Box   22  
Manual for Local Councils circa 1946

(includes suggestions for fund raising and reports on social education and action committees)

Box   22  
Northern Regional Ecumenical Forum 1986-1987
Box   22  
Saginaw Regional Ecumenical Forum 1984-1986
 
Upper Peninsula
Box   22  
Council of Churches 1966-1968
Box   22  
Pastor's Conferences 1958-1971, 1985 (4 folders)

(also referred to as Clergy Conferences)

Box   22  
Peace Education Program 1970-1972
Box   22  
Upper Great Lakes Regional Commission (UGLRC): progress report, economic development, and consultations 1967-1970 (4 folders)
Box   22  
Various Regional Ecumenical Forums 1985
 
Reports
Box   22  
"The Relationship of the State and Local Councils of Churches" undated
Box   22  
"Relations between the Michigan and National Councils of Churches" undated
 
Rituals and Sacraments
Box   22  
Baptism 1995-1998
Box   22  
Eucharist 1998
 
Missions and Outreach [subseries]

The Missions and Outreach subseries consists of meeting minutes, reports, and correspondence related to the MCC/MEF's ministry to various populations. Materials relate to the aging, Native Americans, migrant workers and rural communities as well as a radio and television campaign from the 1960s. Much of the material stems from the Division of Christian Mission.

 
Aging
Box   23  
Coalition on Ministry and Aging 1977-1980
Box   23  
Interfaith Ministry with the Aging 1984-1987
Box   23  
Deaf, Mission for the 1965-1969
Box   23  
Leisure and Recreation Ministry: meeting materials and reports 1966-1971 (2 folders)
 
Michigan Indians
Box   23  
General 1969-1973
Box   23  
Community Action Program 1968
Box   23  
Consultation 1967-1969 (2 folders)
Box   23  
Indian Affairs 1967-1969
Box   23  
Medical Screening Project 1968-1969
 
Michigan Migrant Ministry
Box   23  
General 1957-1962
Box   23  
Annual reports 1965-1969
Box   23  
Area meetings 1965-1969
Box   23  
Settling Migrants Report 1967
Box   23  
Miscellaneous 1968-1969
Box   23  
Michigan Farm Worker Ministry 1975-1987
 
Radio-Television Committee
Box   23  
Correspondence 1965-1969
Box   23  
Minutes 1964-1969
Box   23  
"Possible Plan for Michigan Council Radio Program" 1951
Box   23  
Project Choice 1967-1969
Box   23  
Resource Packet: "Discovering God's Mission in Our Community" 1968
Box   23  
Rural Ministry 1986-1994 (11 folders)

(includes material related to Farm Aid and Rural Social Science by Extension)

Box   23  
Town and Country Church, Committee on 1960s
 
General Issues, Initiatives, and Partnerships [subseries]

The General Issues, Initiatives, and Partnerships subseries contains meeting minutes, correspondence, and reports related to the MCC/MEF's participation in various coalitions and partnerships as well as initiatives unassociated with specific organizational divisions. The records document specific events as well as planning sessions and regular meetings. Significant materials include those related to the Michigan Church Leaders (an organization of denominational heads formed contemporaneously with the MEF), the Michigan Ecumenical Consultation on Christianity and Ecology (MECCE), and Michigan Interfaith Impact (also known as Michigan Impact and Michigan Agenda).

Box   24  
Association of Church Secretaries: meeting minutes, roster, and constitution 1965-1969
Box   24  
Association for Faith-Based Development 1990s
Box   24  
Christian Science Committee on Publication for Michigan 1997

(collaboration regarding SB 446)

Box   24  
Coalition for the Free Exercise of Religion 1998
 
Events
Box   24  
"Dialogue on the Common Good: Seeking a Sustainable Society" 1991-1992 (6 folders (contains two audio cassette recording of the 1992 proceedings))
Box   24  
MCC Convocation 1981-1982
Box   24  
Michigan Sesquicentennial 1987
Box   24  
Michigan Stand for Children 1996
Box   24  
Music Workshop with Michigan State University 1966
Box   24  
Open House 1965
Box   24  
Spring Conference for Clergy and Lay Leaders (in Bay City) 1989
Box   24  
Vocation of the Laity 1988
Box   24  
"Work and Justice at the Century's Turn: a Religion and Labor Dialogue" 1997
Box   24  
Miscellaneous 1984-1997
Box   24  
Family Farm Concerns Coalition 1976-1981
Box   24  
Grant proposals and related materials 1995-2001
Box   24  
Lansing Multicultural Education 1995
 
Michigan Church Leaders
Box   24  
"Bitter Harvest" (welfare and General Assistance): press conference materials and clippings 1991 (2 folders)
Box   24  
Directory 1995-1996
Box   24  
Persian Gulf War: correspondence, press releases, clippings, etc. 1990-1991 (4 folders)
 
Retreats
Box   24  
General planning materials 1982-1998 (4 folders)
Box   25  
Agendas, correspondence, and additional materials 1991-2000 (17 folders)
Box   25  
Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency 1975-1976

(includes related materials from various MCC task forces and committees)

Box   25  
Michigan Ecumenical Church Secretaries Association 1990-1991
 
Michigan Ecumenical Consultation on Christianity and Ecology (MECCE)
Box   25  
General: meeting materials, correspondence, and reports 1994-2001 (3 folders)
Box   25  
Correspondence 1996-1997
Box   25  
Mailing list 1994
Box   25  
Resource bibliography 1993
Box   25  
MECCE conference materials 1995-1996, 1998, 2000 (4 folders)
Box   25  
Michigan Interfaith Disaster Response (MIDR): meeting minutes, correspondence, and related materials 1974-1989 (8 folders)
Box   25  
Michigan Interfaith Hunger Action Coalition 1978-1981
 
Michigan Interfaith Impact

(previously known as Michigan Impact and Michigan Agenda)

Box   26  
Constitution and board members 1983-1993
Box   26  
Newsletters 1977-1993 (2 folders)
Box   26  
Program materials, meeting minutes, correspondence, etc. 1982-1998 (8 folders)
Box   26  
Reorganization, law suit, and associated negotiations 1983-1985 (3 folders)
Box   26  
Michigan Peace Network 1981-1982
Box   26  
Michigan Theologians 1983-1987
Box   26  
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCCC) 2001
Box   26  
Partners of the Alliance (Development Planning for Belize) 1966-1969 (2 folders)
Box   27  
Working for Justice: conference materials, correspondence, and related documents 1995-1996 (8 folders)
Box   27  
World Hunger Education/Action Together 1976-1978
Box   27  
Miscellaneous Michigan Issues 1982-1985
 
Visual Materials [series]

The Visual Materials series contains photographs of various MCC/MEF officers, events, and activities as well as VHS video recordings of several church services.

Box   27  
Photographs: people and events 1940s-1980s (3 folders)

(includes material previously stored in a photo album)

 
Videotapes
Box   27  
Children's Church 1996
Box   27  
"One Spirit, One Body, One Baptism" (Westminster Presbyterian Church) 1995