EMORY UNIVERSITY. OFFICE OF SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS LIFE.
Office of Spiritual and Religious Life records, 1960-2016

Emory University

Emory University Archives

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

rose.library@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/pmjqg

Collection Stored Off-Site

All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Emory University. Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.
Title: Office of Spiritual and Religious Life records, 1960-2016
Call Number:Series No. 240
Extent: 31 linear feet (38 boxes)
Abstract:Records of the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, including office files and audiovisual and born digital material of the first dean of the office, Susan Henry-Crowe, and former director of the Journeys of Reconciliation program, Cynthia Shaw, 1960-2016.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance to access this collection.

Select materials restricted in accordance with Emory University Archives Access Policy.

Additions closed to research in accordance with Emory University Archives access policy for minimally processed materials.

Use copies have not been made for audiovisual material in this collection. Researchers must contact the Rose Library at least two weeks in advance for access to these items. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to audiovisual material.

Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance for access to unprocessed born digital materials in this collection. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to unprocessed born digital materials.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Source

Transfer, 2014, with subsequent transfers in 2015 and 2017-2019.

Custodial History

The initial acquisition was transferred to the Rose Library by the first dean of the office, Susan Henry-Crowe, with subsequent additions to the collection made by Henry-Crowe and the former director of the Journeys of Reconciliation program, Cynthia Shaw. Shaw's succssor, Sandra M. Francis, transferred the remainder of Shaw's records. University archivist, John Bence, transferred the records from their offices to the Rose Library.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Office of Spiritual and Religious Life records, Emory University Archives, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

University Archivist, John Bence, acquired the collection as part of the Emory University Archives holdings.

Processing

Arranged and described at the series level by Michael Hessel-Mial, 2015. Additions arranged and described at the series level by Meaghan O'Riordan, July 2019.


Collection Description

Administrative History

Emory University’s Durham Chapel was built in 1915 and served as the official chapel of the university until 1981, when it was replaced by Cannon Chapel. Durham Chapel became a wing of Pitts Theology Library, to house materials from the 1975 purchase of the Hartford Seminary library collection. Rev. Donald Shockley served as University Chaplain from 1979-1990, and was succeeded by Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe in 1991.

The Office of the Chapel and Religious Life was formed in 1998 in part to provide clarity to the role of the office and the Methodist Church as it relates to spiritual and religious life of the campus. In 1997, a planned same-sex commitment ceremony at a chapel on the Oxford campus was canceled citing Methodist policy. This cancelation lead to a heated debate over the proper administration of the chapel. The resulting compromise was to establish the then Office of the Chapel and Religious Life, with Henry-Crowe serving as dean.

During Dean Henry-Crowe’s tenure, the chapel’s activities developed more robust ecumenical and interfaith collaboration, including the establishment of the Institute of the Study and Practice of Religion, and the Inter-Religious Council. One of the major programs of the office is the Journeys of Reconciliation program, in which students, professors, and faith leaders conduct fact-finding missions in conflict regions. The inter-religious program presents an opportunity to cultivate understanding and relationships within these communities through immersive outings intended to examine root causes of conflict and struggle. Destinations have included occupied Palestine, Northern Ireland, and Cuba, as well as to other areas, such as Bosnia. Reverend Bridgette Young Ross assumed the deanship in 2014, after Susan Henry-Crowe left to become executive director of the United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society.

Cynthia Shaw served as the Assistant Dean of Campus Life and Director of the Office of Student Leadership and Service from 1980-2010. She also served as a director of student development for Campus Life, was a former campus chair of Emory's King Week committee, and supervised the office of Volunteer Emory. In 2010 she became the Director of the Journeys program for the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, a role in which she served until her death in 2016. As Director of this program, Shaw led a 10-day trip to Cuba and a trip to the Mississippi Delta to help with a Habitat for Humanity project in Leland, Mississippi. Prior to her service in the Director role, Shaw lead two trips as part of the Journeys program: one to South Africa in 1997 and one to Honduras in 1999 after a hurricane.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists predominantly of the papers of the first Dean of the Office of Spiritual Religious Life, Susan Henry-Crowe, as well as the papers of former Director of the Journeys of Reconciliation program, Cynthia Shaw. Included are subject files and office records, as well as extensive files on official travel, either through the Journeys program or through other ecumenical organizations. There is also a significant amount of material documenting Martin Luther King, Jr. Week, including a complete run of promotional posters. The collection includes selected historical files on subjects related to the chapel and to religious life on campus, and files on Henry-Crowe’s predecessor, Reverend Donald Shockley. Also included is a substantial amount of material relating to the Journeys of Reconciliation program, including planning documents, photographs, slides, audiovisual material, and scrapbooks.The collection also contains a substantial amount of audiovisual and born digital material documenting both the operations of the office and events held on campus, such as conferences, sermons, and worship services.

Arrangement Note

Organized into three series: (1) Office records, (2) Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Week event files, and (3) Restricted materials and additions.


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