Series 2 - Records of the Functional Committees and Religious Education

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Records of the Functional Committees and Religious Education

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CA ON00340 F508-2

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  • 1925-1973 (Creation)
    United Church of Canada. Board of Christian Education

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The Board of Christian Education was established in 1932, with the amalgamation of the former Boards of Education, with responsibility for colleges and secondary schools, and the former Board of Religious Education, with responsibility for leadership in children's, youth and adult work within and outside of the Church. The Board was responsible for the entire educational programme of the Church, in schools, churches and the home. In 1942, the Board's responsibility for the theological colleges and secondary schools of the Church was transferred to the new Board of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The Board of Christian Education was originally structured around Departments for children, youth, young people and adults, and functional committees for administration of leadership training, field administration, curriculum and interdenominational work in Christian education. The Board was headed by a Secretary with two Associate Secretaries and several men and women appointed to operate specific activities such as boys' work and girls' work.

The Board was reorganized and added to the Division of Congregational Life and Work upon its establishment in 1964; many of the standing committees were discontinued and in their place staff sections were developed, one for each age group (children, youth, young people, adults) with an Associate Secretary in charge of each section. The Department of Sunday School Publications, late of the Board of Publication, was incorporated into its various programme areas. The Board had responsibility for the New Curriculum, the numerous children's and youth groups within the Church as well as for providing classes and assistance for adults. In 1972 the Board was made a part of the new Division of Mission in Canada.

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The Board of Christian Education oversaw various functional committees and religious education programs which are captured in the following ten subseries: 1) Records of the Church School Administration Committee, 1926-1966, 2) Records of the Curriculum Work Committees, 1926-1972, 3) Records of the Leadership Education Committees, 1925-1973, 4) Records of the Audio-Visual Education Committees, 1947-1968, 5) Records relating to Building for Christian Education, 1946-1961, 6) Records of the Field Administration Committee, 1945-1971, 7) Records relating to Special Studies and Seminars, 1930-1970, 8) Records relating to Co-operation in Christian Education, 1930-1969, 9) Records relating to Religious Education in Schools, 1940-1971, 10) Records of the Standing Committee on Camps, Lodges, Houses and Centres, 1963-1964.

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All researchers will be asked to complete Form 26 before using records in boxes 7, 8, 9, 57 in 83.051C and box 1 in 89.079C

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