Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Community of Christ Collected Records, 1965-2001

Collection: CDG-A

Contact Information

Swarthmore College Peace Collection
500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081-1399 U.S.A.
Telephone: (610) 328-8557 (Curator); Fax: (610) 328-8544
Email: wchmiel1@swarthmore.edu (Curator); URL: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/

Descriptive Summary
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these records.
Members of the Community of Christ, Washington, D.C.
Community of Christ Collected Records
Inclusive Dates
Call Number

Language of Materials
Materials in English
2 linear feet and 1 linear inch [papers only]
The Community of Christ was established in 1965 as a progressive, ecumenical community committed to the city and rooted in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
Usage Restrictions
Alternate Form of Material
Acquisitions Information
Gift of the Community of Christ, 2014 [acc. 2014-048]
Processing Information
Processed by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, December 2014
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Community of Christ Collected Records (CDG-A), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Copyright Notice
Copyright may have been transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection or may have been retained by the creators/authors (or their descendants), in this collection, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Please contact the SCPC Curator for further information.

Online Catalog Headings
These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online library/archival catalogs.
See tripod record

Related Collections

Historical Background
The Community of Christ was established in 1965 as a progressive, ecumenical community committed to the city and rooted in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Though affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod, the Community of Christ is a lay-led Christian fellowship with members from many denominational backgrounds, including Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopal, Mennonite, Catholic and Evangelical Covenant. They are committed to working for peace and justice in their individual and corporate lives. A weekly Eucharistic service is central to their common life. They deny no one participation or leadership on the basis of race, class, sexual orientation, or gender. More can be learned at http://www.cofcdc.org/home.

Collection Overview / Arrangement of Collection
This small collection includes documents that tell the story of the Community of Christ's beginnings and mission, as well as their discussions and efforts. A large part includes the schedule of their weekly "happenings," as well as their spiritual input through homilies/sermons/meditations and worship services. The Community of Christ has attempted to live out their principles of peace and justice within their own congregation through consensus-based decision-making and shared responsibilities, as well as within their city neighborhood and beyond.

Items removed:
Newsletter "Stance" to the Periodical Collection

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
About the Community of Christ
"Dance in Steps of Change: The Story of Community of Christ, Washington, D.C.'s Answer to the Tensions that Challenge the Church Today" by John Schramm and David Anderson, 1970 [photocopy]
Meeting minutes, 1967-1980 [incomplete set]
Congregational reports, 1977-1982
Letter of Call
Corporate management discussion
Self-study / discussion of the future, 1996-1997
Media coverage
Financial records, 1966, 1968-1979
Financial records, 1980-1990
Miscellaneous efforts, 1966-
"Happenings," 1968 (June-December)
"Happenings," 1969 - 1970 (January 4)
"Happenings," 1971

Box 2
"Happenings," 1972 - 1973 (January 7)
"Happenings," 1973
"Happenings," 1974
"Happenings," 1975
"Happenings," 1976
"Happenings," 1977
"Happenings," 1978
"Happenings," 1979
"Happenings," 1980
"Happenings," 1981-1982
"Happenings," 1983
"Happenings," 1984-1985
"Happenings," 1986-1987
"Happenings," 1988
"Happenings," 1989
"Happenings," 1990
"Happenings," 1999-2004
Service responsibilities, 1978-1990

Box 3
Meditations by Ernest Crogan
Sermons/homilies by various people
Sermons/homilies by Dora Johnson
Sermons/homilies by Rudolph Wendolin
Sermons/homilies by Rudolph Wendolin (continued)
Sermons/homilies by Rev. Walter B. Scarvie
Lecture series on aspects of the liturgy, given by Rev. Walter B. Scarvie, 1973

Box 4
Liturgy Committee
Thoughts on worship / liturgy
Liturgies, 1966, 1968-1969
Liturgies, 1970-1979
Liturgies, 1983-1989
Liturgies, undated
Baptismal services
Wedding services
Memorial services
Lenten booklet, 1988
Lenten booklet, 2000-2001
Lenten booklet, 2002-2003
Lenten booklet, 2004-2005
Lenten booklet, 2006-2007
Lenten booklet, 2008
Lenten booklet, 2010-2011

Box 5
Christian education within Community of Christ
Study groups
Support group/s
Youth program
Johnny Appleseed House
La Casa
Life Skills Center
Sign of Jonah
Schedule for St. Stephen's Bethany House and Christ House
Third Day
Intern Ruby Wiles
"Interview with Haven"
Peace play project, 1985
Lutheran Pacifism Essay Contest
Health care and hunger
Stance on homosexuality (in response to American Lutheran Church statement), 1977
Reference material
Reference material re: liturgy and/or rituals
Reference material "The Summer After Washington Burned: Report of the Archdiocesan Neighborhood Youth Corps," 1968


This checklist was last updated on August 21, 2015