United Church of Canada. Board of Women
The Board of Women became operational in 1961, as the Woman's Missionary Society was disbanded, with the goal of deepening women's knowledge of and participation in the mission of the Church. More specifically the Board was to supervise and promote the organization of women at the congregational, Presbytery and Conference levels through the development of the United Church Women. This included leadership development, mission, worship and development of resources such as Clip Sheet, an irregular issue-oriented publication, and reports from the Reading and Viewing Committee. In addition, the Outreach Committee attempted to inform women in the Church about social and economic issues affecting Canadian society including drug abuse, poverty, single parent families and native Canadians. In some fashion the Board revived aspects of the home mission activity of the Woman's Association, with committees on Christian Citizenship and Social Action, Community Friendship and Visitation, and Leadership Development.
The Board included a Chairman, Secretary and Associate Secretaries, as well as representatives of several Boards of the Church and of the Conference United Church Women. In 1964 the Board became part of the Division of Congregational Life and Work while maintaining its independence of action. The Board was was absorbed into the new Division of Mission in 1972. The Secretaries were Anne I. Ward, 1961-1969; and K. Harriet Christie, 1970-1972.