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Reverend Doctor Jeanne Audrey Powers is a retired prominent activist clergywoman who was one of the first women to be ordained in the United Methodist Church. She is a longtime advocate for ecumenism and inclusiveness within the church. She was the highest-ranking UM church official to come out as gay in 1995. The collection contains materials documenting Reverend Doctor Powers’ personal and professional lives including correspondence, writings, family history, education, committee work, sermons, travels and activism.

The Jeanne Audrey Powers papers span the dates 1924-2015 and contain files documenting her personal and professional lives including correspondence, writings, family history, education, committee work, sermons, travels, and activism.

The collection is arranged into the following series: Professional Papers, Personal Papers, Print Material, and Re-Imagining Movement. The Professional Papers series contains the following subseries: Conferences/Workshops/Schools, Ecumenical and Interreligious Work, Correspondence and Writing, and Activism. A 2015 addition to the collection (2015-0177) is organized into the same four series.

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A non-profit organization, located in Durham, N.C., founded in 1977 for the purpose of providing support for women in ministry, persons of faith working for justice in the South, and religious organizations that address women's needs. The records are relevant to the study of the relationships among religion, politics, and society, particularly how women in ministry have confronted a number of social issues facing the South. Information pertaining to the Equal Rights Amendment, sexism, economic justice and poverty, gays and lesbians in the Church, feminism, abortion, racism, and rural ministry is included. Also includes materials on retreats and conferences, some organized by the Resource Center, which focused on many of the issues above and other concerns, including gender and language, spirituality, medical care, housing and homelessness, women in ministry, and women in the workplace.

The records of the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South span the years 1939 to 2018 with the bulk occurring from 1977 to 1990. The Resource Center's mission of working for justice in the South as well as its operations are reflected in the records, which primarily consist of printed material, correspondence, writings, clippings, account books, grant proposals, minutes, newsletters, photographs, audio tapes, filmstrips, and videocassette tapes.

The Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South Records are especially relevant to the study of the relationships among religion, politics and society. In particular they document how women, especially women in ministry, have confronted a number of social issues facing the South as well as the entire United States. Information pertaining to the Equal Rights Amendment, sexism, feminism, economic justice and poverty, gays and lesbians in the Church, Central America, child abuse, abortion and the abortion controversy, racism, and rural ministry is included in the records. Information on these issues as well as others is contained in the Alphabetical Files and Printed Material series. Retreats and conferences, some organized by the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South, which focus on many of the above issues as well as other concerns, including gender and language, spirituality, housing and homelessness, women in ministry, health and medical care, and women in the workplace are reflected in the Alphabetical Files, Audiovisual, and Pictures series. Many of these retreats and conferences were held in North Carolina and Virginia. In the Printed Material Series, are copies of South of the Garden, a newsletter published by the Resource Center, resource packets pertaining to sexism and ministries to women in crisis among other subjects, and a number of religious newsletters that focus on women in the Church.

The records reflect the ecumenical vision of the Resource Center in that the major Protestant denominations are represented in the records. Within these denominations, women's organizations are the primary focus, including the Presbyterian Committee on Women's Concerns, the National Association of Presbyterian Clergy Women, and the United Church of Christ Clergywomen's Conference. Other religious bodies and organizations reflected in the records include the North Carolina Council of Churches - Committee for ERA, Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights, and programs for women at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Material pertaining to these organizations are primarily located in the Alphabetical Files; Financial Papers; Meetings, Conferences, and Workshops; and Printed Material series.

Significant individuals reflected in the records, primarily within the Audiovisual Series, include Rosemary Radford Ruether, Anne Wilson Schaef, Katie Cannon, and Carter Heyward. The correspondence, writings, sermons and addresses, and notes of Jeanette Stokes, Director of the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South, are chiefly contained in the Financial Papers; Meetings, Conferences, and Workshops; and Audiovisual series. Documents concerning the operations and history of the Resource Center, including account books, grant proposals, and incorporation materials are primarily located in the Financial Papers and Miscellaneous Series.