Louisville Women-Church Records, 1980-2002

Accession: 2010-026
Extent: 1.0 linear foot
Restrictions: None.
Copyright: Copyright has not been transferred to the University of Louisville Archives and Records Center.

Brief History

Louisville Women-Church began as the Louisville Woman/Church Task Force around 1982 with a gathering of men and women whose purpose was to study the role of women in the Roman Catholic Church. The group was convened by Mary "Joan" Riehm and Suzanne Holland and included priests, women religious, and lay people. Joan Riehm was a graduate of Ursuline College and held Masters degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Louisville. She became the first female deputy mayor of Louisville in 1985 and passed away in 2008. Suzanne Holland was a graduate of Indiana University and holds a Masters from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary and a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union. She is currently the Philip M. Phibbs Research Professor and Professor of Ethics at the University of Puget Sound.

The group was committed to working for the embodiment of equality in church structures to include women in primary decision making. Louisville Women-Church was also a member of Women-Church Convergence, a national coalition of groups who share the vision of furthering feminist theology, equality in ministry, and peace and justice for all peoples.

The group was particularly active in the 1980s and 1990s and their contributions included annual conferences, the New Vision quarterly newsletter, and organized liturgies. While the group began as the LWCTF (Louisville Women/Church Task Force), in 1989 LWCTF was renamed Louisville Women-Church to reflect a broad and formal membership organization. As of 2011, it is believed that the group continues to meet in an informal way.

Description of the Collection

The Louisville Women-Church collection includes materials from the late 1970s through the early 2000s; the bulk of the collection dates from 1982-1989. This small collection (1 linear foot) includes meeting minutes and membership information as well as records of their activities. It includes both their own published material and material published by other organizations that was of interest to Women-Church.

Series Descriptions

Series I: Organizational records, 1980-1997

Box 1, Folders 1-6
Meeting minutes, membership rolls, and records of the group's activities.
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Series II: Publications, 1984-1991

Box 2, Folder 1
Materials written and published by the organization.
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Series III:

Box 2, Folders 2-7
Material from other sources of interest to the organization.
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Box List

Series I: Organizational records

Box 1

  • 1: Organizational records, 1981-2002
    Documents regarding the origin of the organization and its planned mission, goals and objectives. Includes undated materials.
  • 2: Membership, 1980s-1990s
    Lists of names and address and membership soliciting materials. Includes undated materials.
  • 3: Correspondence, 1985-1992
    Various forms of correspondence associated with the organization and its members.
  • 4 and 5: Conferences, 1982-1992
    A variety of documents related to conferences attended by members or hosted by the Louisville Women-Church/LWCTF. Includes undated materials and three audio cassettes.
  • 6: Event Programs/Fliers, 1983-1997
    Original programs from and fliers promoting events organized by Louisville Women-Church/LWCTF. Includes undated materials

Series II: Publications

Box 2

  • 1: Newsletters, 1984-1991
    Copies of the organization’s quarterly newsletter, New Vision.

Series III: Printed material

Box 2

  • 2: LAWN (Louisville Area Women of Faith Network), 1990-1994
    Records from LAWN. Includes undated materials.
  • 3, 4: Women-Church National, undated
    Documents related to the national Women-Church movement. The majority of materials are undated.
  • 5: Newspaper Clippings, 1974-2009
    Local and non-local clippings related to media coverage of Women-Church and Catholic and feminist issues. Undated and dated materials from 1970s, 1983-88, 1990s-2000s are present.
  • 6, 7: Printed Material, 1977-1998
    Various printed documents related to the Catholic Church and feminist issues. Includes journal articles and papers. Includes undated materials.