Documents concerning the role of religion in the YWCA of the U.S.A. The Christian purpose of the YWCA of the U.S.A. is central to its identity and under frequent discussion and evolution. The work of the YWCA of the U.S.A. comes from their belief that Christian faith demands equal life for all and a duty to help others. The role of religion in the local, national and world movements in regards to social and political activity is discussed at conferences, in printed materials and in program planning. As the membership of the YWCA of the U.S.A. grows the relationship between Christian denominations and beliefs as well as relationships to people of different faiths becomes a topic of discussion among members and leaders. Notes, reports and statements address the Christian purpose, relationships with other denominations, Catholic membership, the Christian role in inclusivity and the role of religion in YWCA of the U.S.A. programs and membership basis. Many national, local and regional events include worship services. Worship service scripts are included for World Fellowship Week events and seasonal meditations. Additional materials include articles and pamphlets on the role of religion in the YWCA movements, a book of prayers, lectures on Christianity and a copy of "Life is commitment" and its accompanying study guide, notes on the meaning of Christianity in the context of the social and political climate.
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The records are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following accesptions: Portions of the physical papers are stored offsite. To access the microfilm reels and boxes 893-964 and 1061-1132, researchers must give two working days advance notice. Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.
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Religion, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 239