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North Phoenix Corporate Ministry Collection
GTU 98-11-02  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: North Phoenix Corporate Ministry collection
    Dates: 1966-1987
    Collection number: GTU 98-11-02
    Creator: North Phoenix Corporate Ministry
    Collection Size: 7 boxes 5 linear feet
    Repository: The Graduate Theological Union. Library.
    Berkeley, CA 94709
    Abstract: The North Phoenix Corporate Ministry was a group of Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant Congregations in northern Phoenix, AZ who worked together in areas of education, worship, social concern, creative arts, and communication. Included are administrative files, program files, financial records, information on organizations, news clippings, photographs, negatives, slides, audiotapes, and a video.
    Physical location: 4/B/4-5
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    North Phoenix Corporate Ministry collection, GTU 98-11-02. Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

    Biography / Administrative History

    The North Phoenix Corporate Ministry was a group of Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant Congregations in northern Phoenix, AZ who worked together in areas of education, worship, social concern, creative arts, and communication. In 1966, William Smith, the minister of Cross Roads Methodist Church, Samuel Lindamood, the minister of Orangewood Presbyterian Church, and Theodore Knotter, minister of the North Congregational Church of the Beatitudes, began meeting to become better aware of how they could work together. In the same year, Father John Odou, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish, had brought together a group of Catholic lay people interested in interfaith activities and ecumenical involvement. Following various joint worship services, discussions, and events, in 1967, clergy and laity of St. Francis and the Protestant congregations joined together to form the North Phoenix Corporate Ministry. Goals and structures were focused around: 1. Prayer, both private and in interfaith services; 2. Dialogue, both casual and professional; and 3. Social Action, churches working together on programs. In 1970, Sister Mary Christine Athans, a participant in the early organizing discussions and meetings, was appointed the Executive Director. From the beginning, both clergy and laity together were involved in the Ministry's development.
    In 1968, Rabbi Moshe Tutnauer began working with NPCM and the Beth El Congregation joined the interfaith coalition. In 1970, Rabbi Albert Plotkin and the Temple Beth Israel Congregation, representing Reformed Judaism, became a part of NPCM. Over the next decade, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Shadow Rock Congregational, and Sunrise Presbyterian Church also joined.
    The Ministry was deliberate in its purpose beyond services and programs. In "The Purpose of the North Phoenix Cooperate Ministry", 1973, it is agreed that all: 1. Acknowledge that we worship the same God; 2. Emphasize the similarities in our beliefs, and build cooperation and mutual regard; 3. Worship together periodically; 4. Foster knowledge and understanding of each other's beliefs; 5. Promote a willingness to listen to each other; 6. Promote carefully selected joint religious, educational and social action programs and activities; and 7. Become a model of practical interfaith action which can and will be implemented by other corporate groups.
    From 1968 until 1986, NPCM put on a Fall School of Religious Studies, a Spring Forum educational series, hosted guest lectures, sponsored local social service efforts (including a food bank, preschool, and clothing bank), produced publications on ecumenism, held art festivals and craft fairs, and sponsored music and drama events. NPCM arranged a yearly interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service and Clergy Exchange between member congregations. NPCM also supported a social service agency, the Interfaith Cooperative Ministries, 1981 - 1985. In 1987, due to a decline in activities and a lack of support from the clergy, the North Phoenix Corporative Ministry was dissolved.
    (See NPCM History, 1966 - 1984, Box 1, File Folders 53-54.)

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection was received from former participants in the North Phoenix Corporate Ministry in 1998. Included are administrative files, program files, financial records, information on organizations, news clippings, photographs, negatives, slides, audiotapes, and a video.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Interdenominational cooperation--Arizona--Phoenix.
    Church work with the poor--Arizona--Phoenix--History--20th Century--Sources.
    Church and social problems--Arizona--Phoenix--History--20th Century--Sources.
    City missions--Arizona--Phoenix--History--20th Century--Sources.
    Community development--Religious aspects.
    African Americans--Arizona--Phoenix.
    African Americans--Economic conditions--20th Century.
    Hispanic Americans--Arizona--Phoenix.
    Hispanic Americans--Economic conditions--20th Century.

    Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Athans, Mary Christine.

    Related Material

    BACKGROUND READING:
    Churches, Cities, and Human Community: Urban Ministry in the United States, 1945 - 1985, edited by Clifford J. Green (Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans, 1996).
    The Edge of the Ghetto: A Study of Church Involvement in Community Organization, by John Fish, Gordon Nelson, Walter Stuhr, and Lawrence Witmer (New York: The Seabury Press, 1966).
    The Church in the Changing City, edited by Louis J. Luzbetak (Techny, IL: Divine Word Publications, 1966). Proceedings of a Conference on Inner City Research held at the Catholic University of America November 1965.