Correspondence and reports concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s relationship with the Catholic Church followed by religious resource packets and booklets for local associations. The YWCA of the U.S.A. has had varied relationships with the Catholic Church over it's lifetime. Its initial membership required membership in an evangelical Christian church but eventually moved to a personal affirmation of the purpose of the organization. In the mid 1960's the National Conference of Catholic Bishops entered into dialogues with the YWCA of the U.S.A. to explore the work of the YWCA of the U.S.A. as a lay Christian movement and their relationship. As a result the YWCA of the U.S.A. developed two documents. The first, "The Intent and Practice of the YWCA as a Christian Movement Open to the World," is a statement of the Christian purpose of the movement and its role as a lay Christian Movement. The second document, "Historical Review of the YWCA as a Christian Movement Open to the World," is a chronological survey of their Christian purpose over time. Additional materials include articles, newsletters and correspondence concerning the relationship between the Catholic Church and the YWCA of the U.S.A. Religious resource packets and booklets are compiliations of resources for local associations to use in furthering the Christian purpose of the YWCA of the U.S.A. and conducting religious programming.
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Religion, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 4: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 299