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Guide to the Jeanne Audrey Powers Papers

Summary

Reverend Doctor Jeanne Audrey Powers is a retired prominent activist clergywoman who was one of the first women to be ordained in the United Methodist Church. She is a longtime advocate for ecumenism and inclusiveness within the church. She was the highest-ranking UM church official to come out as gay in 1995. The collection contains materials documenting Reverend Doctor Powers’ personal and professional lives including correspondence, writings, family history, education, committee work, sermons, travels and activism.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.10181
Title
Jeanne Audrey Powers papers
Date
1924-2015 and undated
Extent
58 Linear Feet, 111 boxes
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
English

Collection Overview

The Jeanne Audrey Powers papers span the dates 1924-2015 and contain files documenting her personal and professional lives including correspondence, writings, family history, education, committee work, sermons, travels, and activism.

The collection is arranged into the following series: Professional Papers, Personal Papers, Print Material, and Re-Imagining Movement. The Professional Papers series contains the following subseries: Conferences/Workshops/Schools, Ecumenical and Interreligious Work, Correspondence and Writing, and Activism. A 2015 addition to the collection (2015-0177) is organized into the same four series.

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Contents of the Collection

Journey to Jerusalem: Southwest Texas Conference: United Methodist Women: Lenten Retreat - March 1987
Box 1
Light-Warm-Fill-Heal: Claremont '89 - 1989
Box 1
Light-Warm-Fill-Heal: Claremont '89 - 1989
Box 1
Workshops: Gainsville, FL District U.M. School of Enrichment - 1992
Box 1
Workshops: 'Making Your Church More Inclusive' RCP: Washington, DC - 1993
Box 1
Workshops: General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns: Gainsville, FL - February 1992
Box 1
Workshops: Joint Training Events - 1984-1992
Box 1
Mid-West Regional School - ca. 1992
Box 1
Midwest School of Christian Mission - June 1992
Box 1
Women-Church: Claiming Our Power: Mujer Iglesia: Reclamando Nuestro Poder - October 9-11, 1987
Box 2
Workshops: General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns: Gainsville, FL - 1992
Box 2
Workshops: Baptism, Eucharist, Ministry - Undated
Box 2
Spirituality Workshops - Undated
Box 2
North Carolina Council of Churches - 1994
Box 2
G-ETS Commencement 'Wounded Healer' - 1995
Box 2
The 'Witches' of Gelnhausen - ca. 1995
Box 2
Borsch - 1985-1986
Box 2
Boston University School of Theology - 1987-1990
Box 2
Group Process - 1976-1987
Box 2
Africa Trip: Study-Travel Seminar with American University - 1966
Box 2
Fosdick Presching Convocation, 1986
Box 3
Minnesota Conference - 1978-1982
Box 3
Minnesota Conference Correspondence - 1983-1985
Box 3
A Church is Born: A Musical Play - 1984
Box 3
Jurisdiction Elections: Strategy - 1980
Box 3
Jurisdiction Conference: Episcopal Candidates - 1988
Box 3
North Central Jurisdiction Confereince: De Kalb - 1988
Box 4
Committees, Methodist Church: Publicity and Correspondence - 1988
Box 4
General Conference - 1992
Box 4
Jurisdictional Conferences - 1992
Box 4
Past Minnesota Conference Nominations - 1980-1984
Box 4
Minnesota General Jurisdiction Conference - 1991-1992
Box 4
Genneral Conference (Caucus Types) - 1984
Box 4
General Conference - 1984
Box 5
NC Jurisdictional Conference - 1984
Box 5
General Conference: MFSA, Houston Dec., Good News, Perfect Love, Pacific Dec., Affirm - 1988
Box 5
General Conference - 1985-1988 (2 folders)
Box 5
Jurisdictional Conference - 1976
Box 6
General Conference: Portland - 1976
Box 6
Minnesota General Conference - 1980
Box 6
NC Jurisdictional Conference and Bishop's Letters - 1980
Box 6
World Methodist Conference: Nairobi - 1986
Box 6
World Methodist Council: Worship Consultation: Nairobi - 1986
Box 6
Ordained Women's Conference: Dallas - 1979
Box 7
Clergywomen's Consultation: Glorieta, N. Mexico - 1983
Box 7
Clergywomen's Consultation: Great George, NS - 1987
Box 7
Clergywomen's Consultation: Atlanta - 1995
Box 7
Clergywomen's Consultation: St. Charles, Il - 1991
Box 7
Dallas 'Symposium' - 1975
Box 8
Ordained Women Consultation - Undated
Box 8
Regional School: San Diego - 1973
Box 8
Wisconsin School of Christian Mission - 1973
Box 8
Nashville District and Program Council Directors - 1974
Box 8
Pacific and South West School of Christian Mission - 1977
Box 8
North Indiana School of Christian Mission: Miami: California: Jeanne Audrey Powers - 1977
Box 8
FLA Workshop - 1992
Box 8
Schools of Christian Mission - 1973/1974
Box 8
Iowa Pastor's School - 1973-1974
Box 8
ALA: West Florida United Methodist Women - 1980-1981
Box 8
Latin American Trip - 1968
Box 8
Methodist Clergywomen's Gathering - 1985-1990
Box 9
National Consultation: Spirituality for Justice and Peace - November 26-30, 1986
Box 9
Rituals (Alternate Rituals Committee): Ritual In A New Day: An Invitation: JAP - 1973-1978
Box 9
General Conference (Caucus Types) - 1996
Box 9
General Conference - 1996
Box 9
Michael Kinnamon: Ecumenical Shared Ministry (ESM) Conference: Canada - 1993
Box 10
Ghost Ranch Holy Week Retreat - 1995
Box 10
Holocaust Conferences - 1995-2003
Box 10
International Association Women Ministers (IAWM): Misc international contacts, organizations - 1985-2011
Box 10
Riverside Church: Fosdick Convocation - 1997
Box 10
San Diego Clergywomen's Convocation - 2001
Box 10
NCC/Nationall Workshop of Christian Unity: Pittsburgh, PA - 2011
Box 10
WCC Worship - 1971 1991
Box 10
NCC (Faith Order) - 1976-1981
Box 10
World Council of Churches Ecumenical Decade - November 1998
Box 10
National Council of Churches (USA) - 1983-1995
Box 11
National Council of Churches Inclusive Language Lectionary Project - 1978
Box 11
Riverside Church: Hymnal Comm - 1978-1981
Box 11
World Student Christian Federation Book - 2008-2009
Box 11
Gathering: JA Powers Participated - 1965-1967
Box 11
The Claremont Seminary Story - 1995-2008
Box 11
Board of Higher Education Ministry (UMC) - 1989-1993
Box 11
MN Conference - 1976-2011
Box 11
MN Annual Conf - 2010
Box 11
Women the Bible: School of Missions 77: Christian United Methodist Women - 1977
Box 11
Minnesota Conference Correspondence - 1987-1995
Box 12
(UMC) Minnesota Conference '09 - 2009
Box 12
Minnesota Conference: Communication - 1998-1999
Box 12
Minnesota Conference: Order of Elders - 1998-2002
Box 12
Quaker Work Camp: Mexico - 1955
Box 12
Methodist Student Movement: Urbana, IL - 1961
Box 12
Methodist Student Movement: Lawrence, Kansas - 1953-1954
Box 12
Riverside Church Worship Committee - 1970-1994
Box 11
National Student Christian Federation (NSCF): Athens, OH - 1959-1960
Box 12
Association of College University Ministers (ACUM) - 1962
Box 12
World Student Christian Federation (WSCF): Quebec - 1963
Box 12
Methodist Student Movement (MSM): Ottio - 1963
Box 12
Methodist Student Movement (MSM): Poinsett - 1964
Box 13
National Convocation of Methodist Youth: W. Lafayette, IN - 1964
Box 13
North Central Methodist Student Movement (NCMSM): Poinsett - 1962-1963
Box 13
General/Jurisdictional UMC Conference: Women's Caucus - 1992
Box 13
North Central Women's Caucus: Jurisdictional Elections - 1996
Box 13
UMC Annual Conferences: Reaction to GLBT Issue - 1978-2001
Box 14
UMC Women's Caucus - 1986
Box 14
Baptism Task Force: Judicial Council Ruling - 1991-1999
Box 14
Baptism Task Force - 1999, 2000-2002
Box 14
School of Christian Missions (WSCS) (Powers Teaching) - 1965
Box 14
UMC Women's Division: School of Christian Mission Class - 1970-1977
Box 15
Baptism Task Force: 2nd Round for General Conference - 2004
Box 15
Baptism Training for 2004 Gen. Conf.
Box 15
Beijing World Conference - 1995
Box 15
World Council of Churches Offical Docs - 1997-1998
Box 15
Information From World Council of Churches - 1996-1998
Box 15
World Council of Churches Delegates - 1998
Box 15
Reporting on World Council of Churches - 1997-1999
Box 15
World Council of Churches Informational Papers - 1998-1999
Box 15
Jubilee (Newspaper of World Council of Churches) - 1998
Box 15
General Conference - 2008
Box 16
Minnesota Conference 'Christian Conferencing' (GLBT Petitions for General Conference '08)
Box 16
Minnesota Annual Conference 2009: General Conference Amendments
Box 16
UMC Minnesota Conference, Misc - 2009
Box 16
Minnesota Conference Ministries Network - 1998-2008
Box 16
General Conference re Reconciling - Undated
Box 16
Post-General Conference (Reconciling Ministrities Network) - 2000
Box 16
Reconciling Ministries Network General Conference: 2000 Preparations
Box 16
Materials: General Conference - 2000
Box 16
2004 General Conference: Press Responses
Box 17
General Conference 2004: UMC - 2004
Box 17
Minnesota Conference: GLBT Strategy - 2004
Box 17
Reconciling Ministries Network General Conference - 1996
Box 17
World Council of Churches Urban Rural Mission: Zimbabwe - 1998
Box 17
Pre-General Conference - 2000
Box 17
Eighth Assembly: World Council of Churches: Harare, Zimbabwe - December 1998
Box 17
World Council of Churches 40th - 1988
Box 18
World Council of Churches - 1991-1998
Box 18
United Methodists Open The Doors...To All Persons Regardless of Sexual Orientation: The Organizing Packet: Reconciling Congregation Program - 1996
Box 18
Reconciling Congregation Program - 1998
Box 18
Witness Our Welcome 2000s: God's Promise Is For You! - WOW! 2000 - a gathering of Welcoming Churches and their allies in the United States and Canada: August 3-6, 2000: Northern Illinois University: DeKalb, Illinois: Program Book
Box 18
The Fifth National Convocation of Reconciling Congregations and Campus Ministries: Come to the Table: July 24-27, 1997: Emory University, Atlanta
Box 18
The Sixth National Convocation of the Reconciling Congregation Program: Proclaiming Jubilee: Renew Release Reconcile Rejoice: July 29-August 1, 1999: University of Texas: Denton, Texas
Box 18
WOW! 2003: Witness Our Welcome 2003: August 14-17, 2003: University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, PA: God's Deliverance is for All!
Box 18
Reconciling Ministries Network Convocation 2001: Revival!
Box 18
A Reconciling Cookbook: Recipes for an Inclusive Church: A Handbook of Activities and Strategies for the Reconciling Congregation Program's General Conference Campaign - Undated
Box 18
Student Recognition Brochure by JAP - 1967
Box 18
Minnesota Wesley Foundation - 1959-1968
Box 19
World Student Christian Federation - 1990
Box 19
St Paul Wesley Foundation - 1964-2002
Box 19
Wesley Foundation Alumni - 1955-2003
Box 19
Awards: Anna Howard Shaw Carter: Pioneer Woman Award Event - 1995
Box 19
Minnesota Foundation for Social Action Ball Affirmation Wheatley Awards: General Conference - 1996
Box 19
Anna Howard Shaw Center: Board Member Information - 1998
Box 19
Awards, Misc. - 1993-2008
Box 19
Jeanne Audrey Powers Honorary Doctorate - 1984
Box 19
The Jeanne Audrey Powers Ecumenical Award - 1996-1997
Box 19
Anna Howard Shaw Center - 1995
Box 20
Anna Howard Shaw - 1995-1998
Box 20
Awards: Minnesota Women's Press - 1996
Box 20
Saint of Cambridge: Welcoming Ministries - 2000-2002
Box 20
Mission Evangelism: WCC - 1989-1994
Box 20
England Sabbatical - 1976
Box 20
Divorce Conference Materials - 1971-1979
Box 9
North Central Methodist Student Movement (NCMSM): Lincoln, NE - 1964-1965
Box 13
North Central Women's Caucus - 1996-1998
Box 14
Riverside Church - 1980-2009
Box 20
Riverside Convocation: Homophobia - 1987
Box 20
Auburn: Feminist Theology Conference - 1997
Box 20
Philadelphia WCC Conference - 1986
Box 20
Kairos Comotion - 1995-2002
Box 96
Lists: Old - 1988-2000
Box 96
Lists, People - 1969-1992
Box 96
Events, Misc - 1993-1998
Box 96
Obama Inauguration - 2009
Box 96

Ecumenical and Interreligious Work

Contains materials related to Powers' seminary work, sermons and documentation of her involvement in interreligious and interdenominational activites. Also contains materials relating to her chapter in the 2003 Sara Evans book: Journeys that Opened Up the World.

Baptism, Eucharist, Ministry - 1976-1990
Box 21
Presbyterian Church: Reports to the 203rd General Assembly: Part 1 - June 1991
Box 21
Language - ca. 1988
Box 21
Biblical Translations - ca. 1982
Box 21
Hennepin Sermon Prep - 1995
Box 21
Sermons, etc. by JAP - ca. 1990s
Box 21
Seminar Briefings - ca. 1970s
Box 21
Bible Study: NWCU: (Powers-Welsch): Disciples Convention: JAP - 1977
Box 22
Disciples Convention: JAP - 1977
Box 22
Minn. Conf. Sermon (and Related Materials): Week of Prayer - 1987-1991
Box 22
Hennepin Ave. UMC Sermon - 1996
Box 22
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary: Interview - 1982
Box 22
Journey in the Power of the Spirit: Clergy Women's Consultation - 1979
Box 22
Mankato, MN - 1977
Box 22
Shared-Facilities: The Mankato Center - 1977
(4 folders)
Box 22
Methodism Eucharist Wesley - 1979-1988
Box 22
A Descriptive Study of the Curriculum in the Field of Religion and Education Offered at Selected Theological Institutions in Canada and the United States - 1986
Box 22
The Ecumenical Institute: Chicago - 1969
Box 22
Religious Services - 1976-1991
Box 23
Christian Women - 1964-1995
Box 23
Miscellaneous - 1976-1988
Box 23
Miscellaneous Instructional Docs - 1986
Box 23
Ecumenical Papers - 1979-1994 (5 folders)
Box 23
Interfaith Papers - 1978-1994
Box 24
Marjorie Matthews - 1980
Box 24
Oxford Institute - 1992
Box 24
Oxford Theological Institute - 1973
Box 24
Louisvile: U.M.W. - 1978
Box 24
Rituals: Miscellaneous - 1968-1982
Box 25
David Randolph Project: Miscellaneous Material - 1970-1976
Box 25
Rituals: Next Steps - 1972-1983
Box 25
Ritual in a New Day (Media Coverage) - 1976-1978
Box 25
Assembly Worship - 1991
Box 25
Ministry Study - 1984-1988
Box 26
Global Nature of the Church (JAP) - 1980-1995
Box 26
United Methodist Women's History - 1968-1991
Box 26
Executive Staff - 1973-1996
Box 26
Support Staff - 1976-1994
Box 26
Academic Affairs: G-ETS - 1992-1996
Box 26
Garrett: ETS - 1982-1996
Box 27
Return to Jeanne Audrey Powers: GETS - 1991-1996
Box 27
Order of St. Luke - 1964-1995
Box 27
Auburn - ca. 1996
Box 27
Charles Wesley Society - 1976-1993
Box 27
Tom Oden Matters (JAP) - ca. 1994
Box 27
Bible Studies: Women - 1982-1991
Box 27
Bible Study/W.C.C. (Worship Mexican Notes) (Canaanite Woman) - ca. 1985
Box 27
Bossey - 1997-2004
Box 28
CORLE: Commission on Regional Local Ecumenism - 1976
Box 28
Consultation on Church Union - 1982-2002 (2 folders)
Box 28
Coworkers, Employees - ca. 1991
Box 28
Ecumenical Decade Churches: Women - 1993-2000
Box 28
Ecumenical Decade: Churches in Solidarity with Women - 1992-1998
Box 28
The Ecumenical Scene: Key Papers - 1978-1997
Box 28
Ecumenical Shared Ministry (GCCUIC) - 1993
Box 29
Ecumenical Shared Ministries - 1995-2000
Box 29
Mission Papers - 1968-1982
Box 29
Oxford Theological Inst. - 1992
Box 29
'Journeys...' Book Computer Disk - 2001-2002
Box 29
'Journeys...' Book Correspondence - 1996-2005
Box 29
'Journeys...' Book Info/Marketing/Promo - 2003-2004
Box 29
'Journeys...' Book: JA Powers Chapter Copies - Undated
Box 29
'Journeys...' Book: JA Powers Chapter Earlier Drafts - 1999-2003
Box 29
'Journeys...' Book: Other Chapters - 1997-1999
Box 30
'Journeys...' Book: Additional Notes - 1995-2001
Box 30
JA Powers Writing Published - 1967
Box 30
Misc: Prayers: Written by JA Powers - 1959-2009
Box 30
Notes for Sermons Speeches - Undated
Box 30
Programs and Services: JAP - 1972-1992
Box 30
Misc Speeches - Undated
Box 30
Jeanne Audrey Powers: Sermons on Sexuality - 1962-1963
Box 30
Sermons by JA Powers: 'Between the Tower the Table' MN Annual Conference - 1987
Box 30
Religion the Feminist Movement: JA Powers' Speech - 2002
Box 30
Eucharistic Services Development - Undated
Box 30
Evolving Worship - 1971-1998
Box 31
The Creation of Worship and Tools for JA Powers' Teaching - 1963-2009
Box 31
JA Powers New Worship Paradigm - 1966-2009
Box 31
The Development of Worship in the Liturgical Revival - 1960s-1970s
Box 31
Worship: Faith Life Community - 1962
Box 31
Beaumont's '20th Century Folk Mass' and 'Jazz in the Church' - 1960-1969
Box 32
Church Services: Special Occasion - 1965-2004
Box 32
Sermons - 1967-1981
Box 32
1776 Bicentennial Sermons - 1974-1976
Box 32
Worship Materials - 1962-1991
Box 32
Various Wesleyan Services - 1957-1991
Box 32
Passover Seder - 1972
Box 32
Litanies: Acts of Worship - 1958-1981
Box 32
Baptism, Eucharist, Ministry - 1991-1996
Box 32
Bible Study Materials (Group) - 1960-1978
Box 32
Biblical Characters - 1983-2006
Box 32
Denominational Ecumenism - 1997
Box 32
Devotions - 1981-1996
Box 32
Easter Week - 1997
Box 32
Ecumenism - 1982-2010
Box 32
Eucharist - 1985-2001
Box 32
Charles Wesley Society - 2000-2011
Box 33
Ecumenical Articles Saved by U. Methodists - 1970s
Box 33
Holy Living, Holy Dying - Undated
Box 33
Methodist Archives - 1983-1984
Box 33
Methodist Changes Bishop Elections - 1975-2000
Box 33
Methodist History - 1968-2010
Box 33
Methodist Board of Mission History - 1961-1966
Box 33
Methodist/Lutheran Dialogue - 2009
Box 33
Methodist Student Movement - 2009
Box 33
Methodist: Ordination of Women - 1996
Box 33
Methodist Women - 1996
Box 33
UFMCC Unsuccessful Bid for NCCC Membership (UM History) - Undated
Box 33
Baptist Students in Industry - 1956
Box 34
Summer Evangelist - 1957-1958
Box 34
Ecumenical Institute: Switzerland - 1958-1959
Box 34
The (Chicago) Ecumenical Institute - Summer 1967
Box 34
Global Nature of the Methodist Church - 1995-1998
Box 35
JA Powers' Teaching Course on Ecumenism - 1981-1992
Box 35
Local Church Training Materials - 1992
Box 35
UMC/Creating Contemporary Hymnody - 1960s
Box 35
UMC 'New Hymnal' - 1964
Box 35
UMC Foundation - 2008
Box 35
United Methodist Women - 1998-2002
Box 35
Baptism - 1966-2008
Box 35
Sermons by Others - 1965-2008
Box 36
Cuban Seminary - 2006-2009
Box 36
Ecumenical Articles - 1992-1998
Box 36
Films Theology - 1992
Box 36
Humor: Writing, Cartoons, etc. (by Others) - 1987-2008
Box 36
Solstice - 1998-2009
Box 36
Spirituality - 1985-1986
Box 36
Thanksgiving - 1966
Box 36
Theology - 1960-2000
Box 36
Baptism Advisory Team - 1998-2000
Box 36
Ecum. Actions Team: Minn. Conf. - 1998-2000
Box 36
Global Church - 1963-1999
Box 36
Sermon by JA Powers: US2S - 1969
Box 36
Steve Fink Scholarship by JA Powers - 1987-2011
Box 36
Baptism - 1995
Box 37
Baptism/Confirmation Worship - 1969-2002
Box 37
Baptism, Eucharist, Ministry (BEM) - 1989
Box 37
Church Study Guides - 1978-1997
Box 37
Consultation on Church Union - 1976-2001
Box 37
Ecumenical - 1986
Box 37
The Ecumenical Decade (1 of 2) - 1975-1992
Box 37
The Ecumenical Decade (2 of 2) - 1987-1992
Box 38
The Ecumenical Decade: Women (1 of 2) - 1992-1994
Box 38
The Ecumenical Decade: Women (2 of 2) - 1988-1998
Box 38
Ecumenism - 1960-1994
Box 38
Encuentro '89: World Conference on Mission Evangelism
Box 38
Faith Order - 1973
Box 38
New Hymns/Liturgy/New Services/Chas Wesley - 1968-2003
Box 38
Suffrage Ordination - 1970-2002
Box 38
Theology - 1960-2000
Box 39
Worship Poetry - 1980-1992
Box 39
Worship Services - 1974-1999
Box 39
Ecumenical Institute - 1961-1968
Box 34
Union Seminary Polity Course - Undated
Box 94
Garrett Evangelical T.S. Trusteeship - 1995-1997
Box 94
G-ETS Academic Affairs Committee (Trustees) - 1999-2000
Box 94
Seminary Study at St. Andrew's - 1934-2010
Box 94
Continuing Ed - 1967-1976
Box 94
RS-I PED - Undated
Box 94
Cornet - 1999-2008
Box 94

Professional Correspondence and Writing

This subseries contains Powers' professional correspondence and writing. This includes individual correspondence, speaking engagements, and materials related to her retirement. Also included are materials documenting Powers' coming out in 1995.

Vocational Correspondence - 1956-1961
Box 47
Annual Salary With Correspondence - 1958-1963
Box 48
Recommendations - 1964-1994
Box 43
Miscellaneous Informational Articles - 1967-1987
Box 43
Send-off to NYC - 1968
Box 49
JAP Writings and Articles - Pre-1970s
Box 42
JAP Writings and Articles - 1970s (4 folders)
Box 42
Speaking Invitations: Declined - 1971-1973
Box 43
Correspondence: Others - 1971-1983
Box 44
Acceptances: Completed - 1972-1986
Box 43
Correspondence: Task Force Members - 1973-1982
Box 44
Speaking Invitations: Declined - 1974-1976 (3 folders)
Box 43
Miscellaneous Correspondences Regarding 'Rituals in a New Day,' etc. - 1976-1979 (3 folders)
Box 45
Speaking Invitations: Declined - 1977-1980 (3 folders)
Box 43
English Correspondence - 1977-1978
Box 43
Speaking Invitations: Declined - 1979
Box 44
Form Letter JAP: Positive - 1981
Box 40
JAP Writings and Articles - 1990s
Box 41
Form Letter From JAP - ca. 1980s
Box 40
Personal Responses From JAP: Positive - ca. 1980s
Box 40
Speaking Invitations: Declined - 1981-1991 (2 folders)
Box 44
Correspondence - 1981-1986
Box 44
Conflict w/ Gen. Sec. - 1987-1990
Box 48
JAP Writings and Articles - 1990s
Box 40
JA Powers Sabbatical Report - 1995
Box 48
Chrono - 1995-1996
Box 43
Religious Press (re JA Powers Coming Out) - 1995-1996
Box 47
Secular Press (re JA Powers Coming Out) - 1995-1996
Box 47
JAP Retirement: MN - 1996
Box 45
Personal Responses From JAP: Negative - Undated
Box 40
JA Powers - 1950s
Box 45
JA Powers: Writings - 1960-1961 (2 folders)
Box 45
JA Powers: Writings - 1962-1969 (8 folders)
Box 46
Ja Powers: Writings - 1970s
Box 46
JA Powers: Writings - 1980-1994 (14 folders)
Box 46
Writings: JA Powers - 1995-2006 (11 folders)
Box 47
Three Sets of JA Powers' Coming Out Packet - 1995
Box 47
Coming Out Speech Preparation - 1993-2000
Box 47
Core Resources/Reflections for JA Powers' Coming Out Speech - 1986-1995
Box 47
Responses: Positive - 1995-1996
Box 47
Response: Positive: Work-Related - 1995
Box 47
Responses: Negative - 1995-1996
Box 48
Post Coming Out: IRD Campaign vs. JA Powers GCCUIC Position: Correspondence - 1990-1996
Box 48
IRD Campaign Against JA Powers GCCUIC Position: Press - 1995-1996
Box 48
Coming Out: Press - 1995-2000
Box 48
Annual Work Reports (NYC) - 1968-1996
Box 48
Articles/Sermons: JAP Wants to Save - 1965-2008
Box 49
Press re JA Powers - 1973-2007
Box 49
JA Powers on The Phil Donahue Show - 1981
Box 49
Appreciations - 1995-2011
Box 49
Retirement: Daytona Beach: GCCUIC - 1991-1995
Box 49
Misc Events, Conference, Workshops - 2001-2009
Box 49
Honoring Friends - 1990-2004
Box 49
Interviews w/ JA Powers - 1991
Box 49
Miscellaneous Press re: JA Powers - 1976-1991
Box 49
Correspondence, Professional - Undated
Box 95
JA Powers Correspondence - 1984-1999
Box 95
Correspondence, Misc - 2000-2011 (2 folders)
Box 95

Activism

Contains documents relating to Powers' work on issues such as racism, sexism, suicide, inclusivity, women in the church, clergywomen, feminism, AIDS, and LGBT issues in the United Methodist Church.

A Fixed Date for Easter - 1965
Box 6
WCC: 1st Assembly/Nairobi - 1975
Box 56
Divorce Responses: Zerox - 1977
Box 54
Achtemeier Controversy - 1978
Box 54
Marriage - 1978
Box 54
Commission on the Status and Role of Women: UMC (Madison, WI) - 1979
Box 56
Language Controversy: Inclusive Language Lectionary (Nat'l Council of Churches: 1981) - 1981
Box 62
Her Voice, Our Voice: Women's Solstice - 1986
Box 62
Language Consultation - 1986
Box 52
JA Powers/June Goldman: 'Goddess' Controversy - 1986
Box 52
Women and Spirituality - 1987
Box 63
Suicide (Hastening Death) - 1987
Box 63
And God Loves Each One: A Resource for Dialogue About the Church and Homosexuality - 1988
Box 51
Here Is My Hand: A Study Guide for Persons, Groups, and Congregations to Study What it Means to be Reconciled with all God's Children - 1990
Box 50
Reconciling Commission GCCUIC - 1990
Box 55
When Christians Disagree: by Harvey Lois Seifert - 1991
Box 55
Judicial Council: GCCUIC Reconciling Commission - 1991
Box 55
Faithful Inquiry: Exploring Christian Responses to Homosexual Persons - 1992
Box 51
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (A Sermon) - 1996
Box 56
Reconciling Ministries: Convo - 2009
Box 64
Christian Social Action: A Special Issue on Homosexuality: Statements on the War, p.4 - February 1991
Box 50
When Christians Disagree: By Harvey Lois Seifert - 1991
Box 50
Report of the Committee to Study Homosexuality to the General Council on Ministries of the United Methodist Church - August 1991
Box 50
History Ministerial Record of Women of the Minnesota Annual Conference, UMC, 1856-1977 - Undated
Box 66
Interfaith/Leadership Info - 1966-2005
Box 53
Clergy Couples - 1972-1981
Box 54
Sexism-Racism - 1973-1978
Box 63
Alternate Rituals Proj. (Documents): Cultural Context of Worship: Task Force: Jeanne Audrey Powers - 1973-1980
Box 54
Divorce Reviews - 1973-1980
Box 54
Divorce - 1974-1984
Box 54
Church Unity - 1974-1987
Box 54
Articles on Women the Church - 1975-1988
Box 53
General Conference on Homosexuality - 1976-1980
Box 55
Clergy Divorces - 1977-1978
Box 55
Council on Christian Unity - 1977-1987
Box 53
Salary Equalization Movement (JA Powers) - 1978-1983
Box 55
Inclusive Language Lectionary: Correspondence/News Releases, Articles - 1981-1983
Box 52
Inclusive Language: Guidelines, Statements, Resources - 1981-1984
Box 52
The Methodist Federation for Social Action - 1981-1991
Box 55
RSAC (Racism, Sexism, Classism) - 1982-1993
Box 67
NCC Lectionary: JAP - 1983-1984
Box 52
Women in the Church Movement - 1983-1987
Box 54
theOtherSide: Christians and Homosexuality: A discussion of biblical and ethical issues, plus a guide to 36 Christian organizations for gay and lesbian people - 1984
Box 50
NCCC Education TF/Inclusive Language - 1984-1985
Box 52
Reconciling Congregations - 1984-1990
Box 55
Homosexuality Task Force - 1988-1992
Box 55
Auburn Seminary Conferences [JAP]: 'Transforming Ecum.,' 'Sexuality/Spirituality,' 'Interfaith,' Women's - 1990, 1991, 1994
Box 63
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women - 1990-1991
Box 54
Judicial Council 'Services of Union': Minn. - 1991-1993
Box 55
Judicial Council 'Services of Union': Troy, CA, OR, WVA - 1992-1993
Box 55
Judicial Council (Minn.) Legislation: Homosexuality - 1992-1995
Box 55
Judicial Council: Homosexuality Definition - 1993-1994
Box 55
Reconciling Board - 1995-2002
Box 55
GCCUIC - 1995-2008
Box 57
Biblical Translation - ca. 1980
Box 52
Language and Sexism - ca. 1980s
Box 52
Women and Inclusivity - ca. 1980s
Box 52
Unity and Evangelism - ca. 1980s
Box 52
Homosexuality and Religion - ca. 1987
Box 53
MFSA Packet on Homosexuality - ca. 1989
Box 51
Inclusive Language - ca. 1990
Box 52
Workshop led by JAP: Churches in solidarity with women - ca. 1998
Box 67
Alternate Life Styles - Early 1970s
Box 58
Hospitality, Healing, and Hope: National Convocation of Reconciling Congregations: Celebration of Worship - February 1990
Box 50
The Fourth National Convocation of Reconciling Congregations: Bound for the Promised Land: Augsburg College: Minneapolis, Minnesota - July 1995
Box 50
The Third National Convocation of Reconciling Congregations: Borne on the Breath of God: Remembering|Renewing|Reforming|Returning: George Washington University: Washington, DC - July 1993
Box 50
From Generation: Woman Church Speaks: Engeneracion - November 1983
Box 50
Commission on Christian Unity Interreligious Concerns - Pre-1995
Box 57
Open Hands: Journal of the Reconciling Congregation Program: Our Churches' Policies - Summer 1986
Box 50
Breaking the Silence Overcoming the Fear: Homophobia Education - Undated
Box 51
Language - Undated
Box 51
Bible Sexism - Undated
Box 51
Inclusive Language Lectionary - 1983
Box 52
Language Consultation - 1986
Box 52
Inclusive Language Prime Resources - Undated
Box 56
WCC - Undated
Box 56
Inclusive Language - 1999-2006
Box 56
Jewish Inclusive Liturgy - Undated
Box 56
Commission on Status Role of Women - 1976-2010
Box 56
COSROW Flyer Newsletters - 1980-2009
Box 56
GCCUIC - 1974-1996
Box 57
General Commission on Christian Unity Interreligious Concerns: Administrative - 1980-1994
Box 57
GCCUIC: CHARS Report - 1995
Box 57
GCCUIC: Ritual for a New Day - 1974
Box 57
UMC History, GLBT Issues - 1977-1990
Box 57
Cultural - Undated
Box 57
Anglicans on Women/GLBT Issues - 1994-2006
Box 58
Christian-Jewish Dialogue - 1987-2007
Box 58
Christian Left - 1986-2006
Box 58
CLOUT - 1996-2005
Box 58
The 'Christian Right' - 1975-2009
Box 58
UM Christian Right Women - 1997-2002
Box 58
Clergy Conduct - 1995
Box 58
International Gaylesbian Human Rights Campaign (IGLHRC) - 1998
Box 58
More Light: Presbyterian GLBT Rights (Additional Lutheran Materials) - 1998-2001
Box 58
Racism - 2002
Box 58
Religious Groups Response to GLBT Issues - 1997-2001
Box 58
Sexism - Undated
Box 59
Social Justice - 1997-2000
Box 59
Clergywomen, Bishops - 1998
Box 59
Clergywomen: Catholic - 1976-1995
Box 59
Clergywomen, General - 1979-1982
Box 59
Clergywomen: Methodist - 1984-2008
Box 59
Clergywomen: Protestant - 1980
Box 59
Feminism - 1970-2000
Box 59
Feminist Theologian's Writings - 1981-1997
Box 59
Theology, Feminist - 1979-2009
Box 59
Violence Toward Women - 1983-1996
Box 59
Womanist Theology - 1977-1984
Box 59
Women The Bible - 1991-1996
Box 59
Women Power - 1970-1987
Box 60
Women in History - 1978-1992
Box 60
Women Managing Wealth: Ms. Foundation - 1986-1991
Box 60
Women in Philanthropy Conference - 2000
Box 60
Women's Issues - 1995-2000
Box 60
Women's Music - 1984-1991
Box 60
Workshops on Women - 1982-1994
Box 60
AIDS Quilt Friends: Steve, Lyle Loder, Earl Brooks - 1987-1993
Box 60
Beginning of the UMC Homosexuality - 1974-1987
Box 60
Gay Christian Movement - 1979
Box 60
GLBT History - 1978-2006
Box 60
GLBT History: Madison Event - 1998-2002
Box 60
GLBT: History Project, Ecumenical Archives - 1975-2002
Box 60
Soulforce: GLBT History - 2001
Box 61
Heterosexism/Homophobia - 1978-1998
Box 61
Study Guide: Heterosexism - 1994
Box 61
Homosexuality/Bible - 1977-2000
Box 61
Homosexuality/Christianity - 1971-1999
Box 61
Homosexuality/Church - 1973-2001
Box 61
Homosexuality/Denominations - 1971-2000
Box 61
Homosexuality/UMC - 1998-2007
Box 61
Homosexuality/UMC History - 1975-1996
Box 61
Human Sexuality - 1964-1999
Box 61
Human Sexuality: Cal Pacific Conference - 1996-1999
Box 61
Human Sexuality/Lesbian Retreat Resources: W.A.T.E.R. - 1981-1997
Box 61
Marriage, Same Sex - 1973-2008
Box 61
Methodist History: GLBT Issues - 1975-2003
Box 62
Methodist History/GLBT Issues: Bishops - 1996-2000
Box 62
P-FLAG - Undated
Box 62
Resources on GLBT - 1973-2000
Box 62
Sermons: GLBT - 1995-2009
Box 62
Trans-Gender - 1991-2010
Box 62
Hennepin Avenue UMC: Reconciling - 1993-2010
Box 62
Interfaith GLBT Info Study - 2004-2010
Box 62
Misc Clippings, Newsletters: Reconciling Resources, etc. - 1998-2009
Box 62
Parents' Reconciling Network - 2000-2008
Box 63
Reconciling Congregation Programs - 1996-2000
Box 63
Reconiling UM Resources - 1983-2005
Box 64
Reconciling Histories - 1999-2009
Box 64
Reconciling: U. Methodists - 1995-1996
Box 64
Reconciling Ministries Network - 1997-2010
Box 64
Reconciling Ministries: By-laws Policies - Undated
Box 64
Reconciling Ministries: National Clergy - 2002-2009
Box 64
RMN Correspondence - 1997-2010
Box 64
RMN Correspondence: Internal - 2000-2002
Box 64
RMN Correspondence: External - 1998-2002
Box 64
RMN Histories Marriage - 1999-2008
Box 65
RMN: Minn - 2010-2011
Box 65
Minn RM Network Ministries - 1987-2010
Box 65
Reconciling Ministries National - 2009
Box 65
May '01 RMN Mtg.: Minneapolis! - 2000-2001
Box 65
Open House: RCP @ Jeanne Audrey Powers' (to meet RMN nat'l offices) - 1997
Box 65
Minn RRCC Conference (RRCC Newspaper) - 2006-2011
Box 65
RMN: Personnel Com - 1992-2001
Box 65
Reconciling Retired Clergy: The Beginnings - 2004-2010
Box 65
Reconciling Retired Clergy (Outside on MN) - 2005-2009
Box 65
Feminist Revolution - 1970-1980
Box 66
Feminist Theology - 1976-2009
Box 66
Human Sexuality the Church - 1973-2008
Box 66
Jewish/Christian - 1968
Box 66
Liberation Theology/International Diversity/Multiculturalism - 1977-1998
Box 66
Methodist Women's History - 1986-2003
Box 66
Women's Feminist Church: 1 of 2 - 1975-2010
Box 67
Women's Feminist Church: 2 of 2 - 1974-2008
Box 67
Women in the Church/Women Clergy - 1996-2001
Box 67
Women's Perspective Book Group: 1 of 2 - 1966-2007
Box 67
Women's Perspective Book Group: 2 of 2 - 1974-2002
Box 67
'Her Voice, Our Voice': Women's Solstice - 1986
Box 50
Women and Spirituality - 1987
Box 50
Inclusive Language - ca. 1990
Box 52
Confronting the Holocaust: A Mandate for the 21st Century - 1996
Box 66
Women in the Church Movement - 1983-1987
Box 54
Fall Meeting 1992 Correspondence: San Francisco - 1992
Box 56
Hennepin Avenue UMC - 2000-2009
Box 57
RMN Address Lists - 2000-2001
Box 58
GCCUIC Project - 2001-2006
Box 59
UMC/Late 20th Century - 1980-2008
Box 59
Reconciling Board - 1995-2002
Box 63
OLOC: Mpls Chapter - 2000-2002
Box 97
PSR: Center for GL in Religion Ministry - 1998-2007
Box 97
US: 2 Classes - 1969-1970
Box 97
Princeton/Boston - 1957-2008
Box 97
Garrett Conflicts (Race, Gifting, Resignation) - 1996-2003
Box 97
[Untitled] - 1994-2003
Box 98
Garrett ETS: BIOS - 1989-1991
Box 98
Citizen's Scholarship Fund - 2000
Box 98

2. Personal Files, 1924-2011 and undated

This series contains materials documenting Powers' personal life, relationships, and history. This includes personal correspondence, diaries, clippings, calendars, and notes.

JA Powers Personal Correspondence - 1969-1996 (8 folders)
Box 68
JAP Schedules - 1977-1996
Box 69
Mankato, Minnesota - Undated
Box 68
Travel - Undated
Box 69
JA Powers' Trip to India - 1978
Box 69
Travel: Japan - 1979-1981
Box 70
Russia Trip - 1999
Box 70
South Africa Trip - 1997
Box 70
Correspondence - 1983-1988
Box 70
Personal Papers and Correspondence - 1981-1988
Box 70
JAP/Savings/Articles: Personal - 1975-1995
Box 70
JAP: Correspondence, Commendations, Complaints - 1980s
Box 70
Falling in Love - 1941-1987
Box 70
Judy Berglund - 1964-1983
Box 70
J.A.P. - 1971 or 1972
Box 70
Marge JA Troubled Times - 1978-1981
Box 70
Mayer Personal - 1970-1983
Box 71
Pride - 1987-1988
Box 71
Marge: 88+ (1/3) - 1982-1992
Box 71
Marge: 88+ (2/3) - 1982-2009
Box 71
Marge: 88+ (3/3) - 1989-1991
Box 72
Mayer, Marge - 1982-2010
Box 72
Ingram, Beryl - 1985-2007
Box 72
Valerie Ford - 1977-1992
Box 72
Valerie's Poems Articles (Some Letters) - 1981-1985
Box 72
B - Undated
Box 73
Ford, Val - 1982-2010
Box 73
Skewes, Ruth - 1976-1982
Box 73
JAP's Heritage - 1921-2003
Box 73
Childhood: Plus - 1936-2009
Box 74
Documents - 1947-1977
Box 74
Mankato H.S. Homecoming - 1950-2005
Box 74
Struggling w/ Sexuality: High School-College - 1924-1951
Box 74
Mankato State U./Truman Wood - 1991-2002
Box 74
Centenary Church: Mankato - Undated
Box 74
Danforth - 2008
Box 74
Wallace - 1969-1983
Box 74
Danny Grads - 2000-2011
Box 74
Danny Grads - 1955-1960
Box 74
Danny Grads Reunion - 1993
Box 74
Family of Origin - 1943-2010
Box 75
Mankato High School - 1949-1995
Box 75
Mankato/College - 1951-1954
Box 75
Appreciations - 1979-2009
Box 76
Mastectomy Correspondence - 1994-2001
Box 76
JA Powers Birthdays - 1982-2010
Box 76
60th Birthday - 1992
Box 76
Body, Mind, Spirit - 1995-2010
Box 76
Condolences After Breakup With Marge - 1988-2001
Box 77
Condolences After Breakup With Marge from JA Powers' Support Circle - 1987-1990
Box 77
Personal Therapy Journal - 1983-1984
Box 77
Struggling With Loss - 1988
Box 77
Struggling With Sexuality Post College - 1970-1988
Box 77
Correspondence: Personal - 1950s-1999 (4 folders)
Box 77
JA Powers Correspondence/Personal Reflections (Newsletters) - 1954-2010
Box 77
JA Powers Correspondence, Reflection - 1995-2010
Box 78
Personal Notes - 1958-1996
Box 78
Hobbies - 1990-2006
Box 78
Misc Photos (Incudes JA Powers Annual Portraits) - 1970-2011
Box 79
Misc Correspondence - 1993-2010
Box 79
Ruth: Adams Murray - 1964-1973
Box 79
Elizabeth Andrew - 1996-2009
Box 79
Blons, Susan - 1992
Box 79
John Elizabeth Cole - 1960-2010
Box 79
Sister Corita/JA Powers: Correspondence: Articles: Motive Magazines - 1964-1972
Box 79
Eck, Diana - 1998
Box 79
Steve Fink: Funeral/Memorial Service/Letters to from Friends - 1987-1993
Box 79
James Holsinger/Larry Pickens - 2007-2008
Box 79
Hubert Humphrey - 1978
Box 79
Hubert Humphrey Newspapers - 1978
Box 79
Huston, Robert - 2010
Box 80
JA Powers Family of Choice: Ginny/John Kruse - 1978-2005
Box 80
Lynn Larson (and Others) - 1965-2010
Box 80
Lawson, Jim Phil - 1958-2000
Box 80
Jan Love - 1991-2006
Box 80
Manbeck, Deane Connie: 60th Birthday - 1998-2009
Box 80
Sisterly Conversations (VA Mollencott) - 1991-1996
Box 80
Phil Paris - 1973-1986
Box 80
Steve's Writings - 1972-1988
Box 80
Jane Cary Peck - 1989-1992
Box 81
Randolph, Harland - 1954
Box 81
Bruce Carol Robbins - 2003-2009
Box 81
Self, Nan - 1976-1986
Box 81
Stanovsky, Elaine - 1987-1991
Box 81
Tanner, Mary - 2001-2009
Box 81
Weidman, Judy - 1999-2001
Box 81
Others - 1990-2008
Box 81
Calendars - 1995-2010
Box 81
Diaries - 1995
Box 81
Memorial Services: Family Friends - 1960s-1980s
Box 81
Obituaries - 1989-2007
Box 81
Jeanne Audrey Powers estate information - 1999
Box 81
JA Powers Gift Proposal to Seminaries - 1995-2001
Box 81
Contributions - 1982, 1984, 1991, 1993-2001
Box 81
GETS Struggle re Proposed Financial Gift - 1992-2000
Box 72
Material From JAP's Mother's Scrapbook About JAP - 1957-1974
Box 80
JA Powers Correspondence to Family (saved by her mother) - Undated
Box 82
Jeanne Audrey Powers Correspondence, Family - Undated
Box 82
Condolences after deaths in family - Undated
Box 82
Personal Correspondence (Cards) - Undated
Box 83
Abels, Paul and Bishops - 1977-1978
Box 78
Bryant, Anita - 1977
Box 78
Jimmy Creech Resulting Actions - 1994-2001
Box 78
Creed (Doug) Survey - 2001
Box 78
Delong, Amy - 2011
Box 78
Greg Dell Resulting Actions - 1998-2000
Box 78
Huskey, Rick - 1975-1977
Box 78
Wheatley, Mel - 1982
Box 78
Jeanne Audrey Powers - 1960-1977
Box 78
Woman's Song - 1986
Box 86
Women Church Celebrations: Feminist Liturgies for the Lenten Season - 1985
Box 86
Let All The People Praise Thee: Components for Inclusive Worship - 1978
Box 86
Soul Journeys: Images of the Feminine God - 1987
Box 86
Feminist Liturgies: Claiming Ourselves Church - 1981
Box 86
The Lima Liturgy Revisited: An Ecumenical Liturgy of Solidarity - 1990
Box 86
Resources for Sections: The Theme, Subthemes, and Issues - 1991
Box 86
According to the Scriptures: A World YWCA World Council of Churches Publication - Undated
Box 86
The Letter of Paul to the ROMANS - Undated
Box 86
Leap in Faith - 1971
Box 86
Middle East Panel Report: A Study Document: National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA - 1980
Box 86
Dr. Diedre Kriewald - ca. 1985
Box 86
Forging Solidarity Links - December 1985
Box 87
More Hymnal - 1989
Box 87
Book of Worship Committee - 1988-1992
Box 87
The People's Story - ca. 1970
Box 87
"Risk" Book (UMC Information Project) - 2000-2004
Box 87
English (Reflection): 9-11 Papers - 2001-2002
Box 87
Children's Literature - 1993
Box 87
Children's Literature, Katherine Peterson - 1978-1992
Box 87
Poems - Undated
Box 87
In God's Image - April 1986
Box 83
Journal of Sacred Feminine Wisdom - 1995
Box 83
In God's Image - Spring 1995
Box 83
In God's Image - Summer 1995
Box 83
In God's Image - Winter 1993
Box 83
In God's Image - Spring 1993
Box 83
In God's Image - Winter 1992
Box 83
In God's Image - Autumn 1992
Box 83
One World: A Monthly Magazine of the World Council of Churches - 1991
Box 83
One World: A Monthly Magazine of the World Council of Churches - 1990
Box 83
Open Hands: Journal of the Reconciling Congregation Program: Sexuality and Spirituality - Winter 1988
Box 83
The Christian Century - March 1978
Box 83
Response: United Methodist Women: Special Assembly Issue - July/August 1978
Box 83
The Christian Century - December 1976
Box 83
Response: United Methodist Women - December 1975
Box 83
Response: United Methodist Women - December 1976
Box 83
One World: A Monthly Magazine of the World Council of Churches - May 1977
Box 83
New World Outlook: The Mission Magazine of the United Methodist Church - November/December 1994
Box 83
New World Outlook - June 1982
Box 83
Open Hands: Reconciling Ministries With Lesbians and Gay Men - Summer 1989
Box 83
Alive Now! - November/December 1983
Box 83
The Flyer - 1974-1996
Box 83
Various Articles - Undated
Box 83
Christian Literature/Newspaper Articles - 1977-1988
Box 84
Miscellaneous Articles - 1985-1988
Box 84
New World Outlook - May 1981
Box 84
Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful: Bibliographical Information on Persons Honored in the New Stained Glass Windows: Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary: Evanston, Illinois - ca. 1993
Box 84
Aware: Garrett-Evangelical Prepares for 'Bold Leaders' Campaign Kick-Off - April 1996
Box 84
Bold Leaders for a New World: Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary's Campaign for the Future - ca. 1994
Box 84
'Shalom' Newsletters - 1994-2001
Box 84
Affirmation Newsletter - Undated
Box 84
(RMN) Katalyst Newsletter - 1996-2009
Box 84
Independent Newsletters: Publishing - 1975-2006
Box 84
Protestants Offer a Ritual to Mark the End of Marriage - December 1976
Box 84
One World: A Monthly Magazine of the World Council of Churches - May 1977
Box 84
In God's Image - Summer 1995
Box 84
New World Outlook - January 1987
Box 84
The Episcopacy: A Painful Problem - December 1976
Box 84
Miscellaneous Articles - 1971-1996
Box 84
Clippings, Bulletins, Notes, Other Documents (Part 1 of 6) - 1963-1989
Box 84
Clippings, Bulletins, Notes, Other Documents (Part 2 of 6) - 1967-1992
Box 85
Clippings, Bulletins, Notes, Other Documents (Part 3 of 6) - 1976-1999
Box 85
Clippings, Bulletins, Notes, Other Documents (Part 4 of 6) - 1986-1991
Box 85
Clippings, Bulletins, Notes, Other Documents (Part 5 of 6) - 1976-2000
Box 85
Clippings, Bulletins, Notes, Other Documents (Part 6 of 6) - 1987-2008
Box 85
People Weekly - 1976
Box 85
The Christian Century - December 1976
Box 83
New World Outlook - January 1977
Box 83

4. Re-Imagining Movement, 1993-2003

Powers was an active member of the Re-Imagining Coordinating Council in the 1990s. This series includes the original petitions and materials related to the controversial Re-Imagining Conference and subsequent protests by women of faith.

Re-Imagining: Jesus, Christ, Us - 1994
Box 88
Re-Imagining: Jesus, Christ, Us - 1995
Box 88
Re-Imagining Conference - 1993
Box 88
A Time of Hope, A Time of Threat - 1994
Box 88
Re-Imagining: Presbyterian Conflict - 1994 (2 folders)
Box 88
Church Society: Reimagining...God...Community...The Church: From the Ecumenical Decade Conference - November 1993
Box 88
Re-Imagining Conference - 1993
Box 89
Voices of Sophia - 1996
Box 89
Re-Imagining Planning Committee - 1991-1994
Box 89
Re-Imagining: Post Conference - ca. 1994
Box 89
Re-Imagining: The Nine of Us - 1994
Box 89
Photos: Jeanne Audrey - ca. 1994
Box 89
Re-Imagining: Secular Press - ca. 1994
Box 89
Wisdom - 1994
Box 90
Re-Imagining: Letters: Critical - 1994
Box 90
Re-Imagining: Letters of Support (mostly United Methodist) - 1993-1994
Box 90
Re-Imagining: Good News (and Their Crowd) Material - Undated
Box 90
Re-Imagining: Institutional (Mainline) Responses
Box 90
Re-Imagining: Mainline Religious Stores News - ca. 1994
Box 91
Re-Imagining: The Nine of Us: Press Conference - 1994
Box 91
Re-Imagining: Promotional Materials - ca. 1994
Box 91
Re-Imagining: Press Articles - 1993-1994
Box 91
Re-Imagining Conference - 1993
Box 91
Re-Imagining: Coordinating Council - 1994-2003
Box 92
Re-Imagining - 1994-1998
Box 92
Re-Imagining Backlash - 1994-2001
Box 92
Re-Imagining: "The Nine of Us": A Time of Hope, A Time of Threat - 1994-1996
Box 92
Re-Imagining "Sophia" - 1987-1996
Box 92
Re-Imagining: Presbyterian Response - 1994
Box 92
Re-Imagining: Reflections Analyses - 1994-1998
Box 92
Presp.: Voices of Sophia - 1996-2002
Box 92
Re-Imagining Community (1 of 3) - 2000-2003
Box 92
Re-Imagining Community (2 of 3) - 1994-1998
Box 93
Re-Imagining Community (3 of 3) - 1998-2000
Box 93
Sophia - 1995
Box 93
Re-Imagining Revival - 1998
Box 93
Red Thread Service - 1990-1991
Box 93
Ordained Women, 1955-1981
Box 94
Folder 1, 2
Order of Worship (Programs), 1967-1968
Box 94
Folder 3, 4
Feminist Worship, 1969-2000
Box 94
Folder 5, 6
Box 95
Folder 1
Assorted Services, circa 1970s
Box 95
Folder 2, 3
Worship Samples, Traditional & Non-traditional, 1970
Box 95
Folder 4
Sex Role Stereotyping, 1971-1975
Box 95
Folder 5
Women, Bible, Church History, 1971-1986
Box 96
Folder 1, 2
Women in Ministry, 1971-1998
Box 96
Folder 3
Consciousness Raising, 1972-1976
Box 96
Folder 4
Worship Materials, 1972-1980
Box 96
Folder 5
Commission on Women in Ministry, 1973-1978
Box 97
Folder 1, 2
Feminist Sermons, 1973-1983
Box 97
Folder 3, 4
Episcopal Women Priests, 1974-1976
Box 98
Folder 1, 5
UM Soc. Of Worship, Music, and Arts, 1974-1980
Box 98
Folder 2
Vatican - Women Priests, 1974-1986
Box 98
Folder 3
Assorted Writings, 1975-2013
Box 98
Folder 4
Way, Daley, Ruether, 1975-1977
Box 98
Folder 5
Women of Faith, 1976-1989
Box 99
Folder 1
Women's History Project, 1979-1980
Box 99
Folder 2, 3
Theology, 1971-1978
Box 99
Folder 4
Box 100
Folder 1
International Association of Women Ministers (IAWM), 1976-2015
Box 98
Folder 6
Resources - Study Guides, 1980
Box 100
Folder 3
Sermons, 1980-1981
Box 100
Folder 4
Women of Faith, 1980-1990
Box 100
Folder 5, 6
Commission on the Status and Role of Women, 1982
Box 101
Folder 1
Women of Faith in the 80s, 1981-1985
Box 100
Folder 7
W.A.T.E.R., 1982-1990
Box 101
Folder 2, 3
Worship, 1984-1992
Box 101
Folder 4
UMC Women District Superintendents, 1985
Box 101
Folder 6
The Fellowship of United Methodists in Worship, Music, and Other Arts, 1985-1991
Box 101
Folder 5
Hymnal, 1986-1988
Box 101
Folder 7, 8
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, 1986
Box 102
Folder 1
Stephen Fink Memorial Service & Scholarship, 1989-2014
Box 102
Folder 3
Stephen Fink Memorial, 1989-2009
Box 102
Folder 2
Assorted Correspondence, 1990-1998
Box 102
Folder 4
United Methodist Women Assembly - Cincinnati, 1992-1994
Box 102
Folder 5
World Affairs Committee, 1995-2014
Box 102
Folder 6
Clergy Alliance of the Reconciling Ministries Network, 1996-2005
Box 102
Folder 7
Conferences, Correspondence, Articles, 1997-2015
Box 102
Folder 8
CLOUT (Christian Lesbians OUT), 1998-2005
Box 103
Folder 1
Status & Role of Women, Religion, and Race, 1998-2010
Box 103
Folder 2
Shower of Stoles, 2000-2012
Box 103
Folder 3
Conferences, Correspondence, Articles, 2002-2008
Box 103
Folder 4
LGBT Religious Archives, 2002-2007
Box 103
Folder 5
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Pomona Valley Chapter, 2003-2007
Box 103
Folder 6
Claremont UMC, 2003-2013
Box 103
Folder 7
Reconciling Retired Clergy Caucus, 2003-2006
Box 103
Folder 8
Shower of Stoles (Claremont), 2003-2005
Box 103
Folder 9
Tuell Speech (Reconciling Ministries Network), 2003-2010
Box 103
Folder 10
Correspondence, 2004-2015
Box 103
Folder 11
Good News, 2004-2012
Box 103
Folder 12
Judicial Council Bishop Action Results, 2004-2005
Box 103
Folder 13
Minnesota Reconciling Ministries Network, 2004-2006
Box 104
Folder 1
UMC Worldwide Nature of the Church, 2004-2014
Box 104
Folder 2
Reconciling Ministries, 2005-2010
Box 104
Folder 3, 4
Women's Perspective Claremont, 2006-2009
Box 104
Folder 5, 6
Anti-Homophobia Resources, 2009
Box 104
Folder 7
Waterwheel Newsletter, 2009
Box 104
Folder 8
Amy Long, "An Altar Trial for All," (Bruce Robbins), 2011-2012
Box 104
Folder 9
Conference, UMC/Mel Talbert, 2012
Box 110
Folder 1
2014 Conference, 2014
Box 110
Folder 2
Reconciling Ministries Network, 2006-2014
Box 110
Folder 3
UMC Reconciling Award, 2014
Box 110
Folder 4
JAP Writings and Sermons, undated
Box 110
Folder 5
Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA), undated
Box 110
Folder 6
MN Methodist Student Movement, undated
Box 110
Folder 7
Transgender, undated
Box 110
Folder 8
Worship, undated
Box 110
Folder 9
Zionism, undated
Box 110
Folder 10
Mankato History, Blue Earth County, 1932-2012
Box 105
Folder 1
Mankato State Teachers College, Bachelor of Science Degree, 1954
Box 105
Folder 2
Dettman & Wegner Wedding, Other Weddings, 1963-1971
Box 105
Folder 3
Wedding Programs, 1963-1971
Box 105
Folder 4
Correspondence, 1965-2014
Box 105
Folder 5
Wedding Sermon, 1967
Box 105
Folder 6
Assorted Photos, 1972-2011
Box 105
Folder 7
Articles, Poems, 1974-2012
Box 105
Folder 8
Sister Corita Kent, 1978-2012
Box 105
Folder 9
Thomas John Carlisle, 1981-1984
Box 105
Folder 10
Val Ford (Poems), 1981-1982
Box 105
Folder 11
Florence Powers Memorial Service (JAP's mother), 1982
Box 105
Folder 12
Personal: Art, Photos, Cards, etc., 1982-2015
Box 105
Folder 13
Christmas Letters, 1988-2014
Box 105
Folder 14
Correspondence, 1992-2004
Box 105
Folder 15
Gifts, 1993-2009
Box 105
Folder 16
Retirement, 1995-1996
Box 105
Folder 17
Candler Donations (Art & Books), 1996-2011
Box 105
Folder 18
Claremont School of Theology (CST), Bishops Event, 2003-2005
Box 106
Folder 1
Feminist Writings, 2003
Box 106
Folder 2
Pilgrim Place Correspondence, 2004-2013
Box 106
Folder 3
Travels, 2004-2007
Box 106
Folder 4
Danforth "Danny Grad", 2005-2014
Box 106
Folder 5
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (HAUMC), [2006]
Box 106
Folder 6
Chattel, 2007-2011
Box 106
Folder 7
Cape Cod, 2012-2015
Box 106
Folder 8
Holocaust Collection donation from JA Powers to United Theological Seminary (UTS), 2012
Box 106
Folder 9
Summit House, [2012]
Box 106
Folder 10
Obituaries (Lyle T. Christianson), 2014
Box 106
Folder 11
Assorted Photos, undated
Box 106
Folder 12
National Workshop on Christian Unity, Account of Deacon's Death, undated
Box 106
Folder 13
Dr. Harry Denman, 1957-2010
Box 105
Folder 19
Common Worship in the Christian Faith and Life Community, by Joseph Wesley Matthews, 1962
Box 106
Folder 15
Because We Are One People - Songs for Worship, 1974
Box 106
Folder 16
Ritual in a New Day - An Invitation, 1976
Box 106
Folder 17
Images of Life - An Invitation to Bible Study, 1982
Box 106
Folder 18
The Challenge to U.S. Churches Continues, 1990-1991
Box 106
Folder 19
Valentine Book, 1998
Box 106
Folder 20
The Loyal Opposition - Struggling with the Church on Homosexuality, edited by Tex Sample and Amy E. DeLong, 2000
Box 106
Folder 21
A Healing Divorce - Transforming the End of Your Relationship with Ritual and Ceremony, by Phil Penningroth & Barbara Penningroth, 2001
Box 107
Folder 1
Journeys That Opened Up the World - Women, Student Christian Movements, and Social Justice, 1955-1975, edited by Sara M. Evans, 2003
Box 107
Folder 2
Answering YES to God's Call - Doing Theology at Pilgrim Place, Volume Two, edited by Paul Kittlaus and Pat Patterson, 2006-2007
Box 107
Folder 4
Wising Up - Ritual Resources for Women of Faith in Their Journey of Aging, edited by Kathy Black & Heather Murray Elkins, 2005
Box 107
Folder 3
The People's Story, by Jeanne Audrey Powers, undated
Box 107
Folder 5
Western Theology, by Wes Seeliger, undated
Box 107
Folder 6
A 20th Century Folk Mass, by the Rev. Geoffray Beaumont, undated
Box 107
Folder 7
Celebrate and Witness - Devotional Stories, Prayers and Poems of United Methodists, undated
Box 107
Folder 8
2005 Peace Calendar - "Let Us Go Forward Together," Preface by Howard Zinn, 2005
Box 107
Folder 9
"Peace Loving Nations - Music of Peace and Resistance" 2006 Peace Calendar, 2006
Box 107
Folder 10
War Resisters League 2007 Peace Calendar - "Screenpeace - An Antiwar Film Festival," Foreward by Jon Sayles, 2007
Box 108
Folder 1
2008 Peace Calendar - "Salaam Shalom Solh - Nonviolence and Resistance in the Middle East and Beyond," War Resisters League, 2008
Box 108
Folder 2
2009 Peace Calendar - "The Path of Most Resistance - A U.S. Radical History Tour", 2009
Box 108
Folder 3
2010 Peace Calendar - "Sparking Change - Poster Art & Politics", 2010
Box 108
Folder 4
2011 Peace Calendar - "Not Your Fodder! Organizing Against the Militarization of Youth", 2011
Box 108
Folder 5
2012 Peace Calendar - "Organize This! A 1955-2011 Introspective," Foreward by Noam Chomsky, 2012
Box 108
Folder 6
2013 Diary, 2013
Box 108
Folder 7
2014 Day Planner, 2014
Box 108
Folder 8
Motive Magazine, 1965
Box 109
Folder 1
The People's Story, JAP Outline, 1970-1974
Box 109
Folder 2
Various Memoirs and Reflections, 1986-2007
Box 109
Folder 3
Breast Plates: A 1994 Photo Calendar, 1994
Box 109
Folder 4
Boston School of Theology: Focus, 2013-2015
Box 109
Folder 5
Assorted Posters, Art, undated
Box 111
Folder 1
Creed, undated
Box 111
Folder 2
Re-Imagining, circa 1990s
Box 106
Folder 14
 

Historical Note

Jeanne Audrey Powers was born in 1932 and raised in Mankato, Minnesota. She graduated from Minnesota State University in 1954, and the Boston University School of Theology in 1958. Powers was one of the first women ordained at the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1958. Among her leadership positions within the church, Rev. Dr. Powers served as associate general secretary of the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns (GCCUIC). In 1972, she created the Committee on the Status and Role of Women. The group advocates for the full participation of women in the church. Powers was also heavily involved with the Reconciling Ministries Network. Founded in 1982, it “strives to transform the world by living out the Gospel’s teachings of grace, love, justice, and inclusion for all of God’s children.” The group seeks to assist Methodists of all sexual orientations in their religious experiences. Powers also helped organize the 1993 Re-Imagining Conference, which aimed to encourage all churches to address worldwide gender inequities. During Powers’ sermon at the Fourth National Convocation of Reconciling Congregations in 1995, she announced to the crowd that she had been a lesbian all of her life. She framed this as “an act of resistance to false teachings that have contributed to heresy and homophobia within the church itself.” She received support from the GCCUIC, but criticism from church conservatives, who tried to force her into retirement. In response, Powers issued a statement saying that she would not speak further about the matter, but also would not retire early.


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Provenance

The Jeanne Audrey Powers papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2011-2015.

Processing Information

Processed by: Rachel Sanders, 2015

Accessions described in this finding aid: 2011-0139; 2011-1003; 2012-0106; 2015-0177