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Emma Richards Papers

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Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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Correspondence and Subject Files

Sermons



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Emma Richards Papers, 1958-2007 | Mennonite Church USA Archives

By Colleen McFarland

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Collection Overview

Title: Emma Richards Papers, 1958-2007Add to your cart.

ID: HM1/970

Primary Creator: Richards, Emma

Extent: 4.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: By series.

Date Acquired: 10/5//2010. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Mennonite women, Ordination, Richards, Emma, Richards, Joe, Women clergy

Forms of Material: Correspondence, Sermons, Video tapes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Emma Richards papers are divided into two series:  Series 1, Correspondence and Subject Files, and Series 2, Sermons. The first series contains substantial information on Emma Richard's ordination process.

Biographical Note

Emma Richards was born in the late 1920s near Kokomo, Indiana.  She earned a B.A.  from Goshen College and a bachelor of theology from Goshen Biblical Seminary.  She taught speech at Bluffton College and served twelve years as a missionary in Japan with her husband, Joe Richards.

After their missionary service, Emma and Joe Richards moved to Lombard, Illinois.  Joe Richards served not only as a full time pastor to Lombard Mennonite Church, but also worked as an elementary educator.  When he was appointed principal of Glen Ellyn Elementary School, he could no longer serve as full-time pastor.  Several members of the Lombard Mennonite Church congregation petitioned the church council to consider licensing and ordaining Emma Richards to serve as co-pastor.

The Lombard Mennonite Church congregation supported unanimously a motion to make Emma Richards co-pastor.   The Lombard Mennonite Church then notified the Illinois Mennonite Conference of its actions, setting into motion a discernment process regarding the ordination of women.

In June 1973, Emma Richards was ordained to the Christian Ministry, thereby becoming the first woman ordained in the Mennonite Church and in the General Conference Mennonite Church.  

In 1991, Emma and Joe Richards left Lombard Mennonite Church and served as interim conference ministers for the Illinois Conference. They retired to Goshen, Indiana in 1996.

Subject/Index Terms

Mennonite women
Ordination
Richards, Emma
Richards, Joe
Women clergy

Administrative Information

Repository: Mennonite Church USA Archives

Accruals:

The following materials were added to the 2011 accession:

12/1/1955, Melvin Gingerich, Acc. 620

5/16/1960, Joe Richards, Acc. 1081

8/12/2018, Janet Elaine Guthrie, Acc. 2018-001

Alternate Extent Statement: 6 archives boxes and 1 records carton

Access Restrictions: These materials are open to public research.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the Mennonite Church USA Archives.

Acquisition Source: Emma Richards, Acc. 2011-35

Preferred Citation: Emma Richards Papers, 1958-2004.  HM1-970.  Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen.  Goshen, Indiana.


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[Series 1: Correspondence and Subject Files, 1970-1998],
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Series 2: Sermons, 1959-2004Add to your cart.
Sermons and sermon notes arranged chronologically.  Also includes prayers and calls to worship.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sermons, 1959-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Sermons, 1970-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Sermons, 1972Add to your cart.
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Folder 13: Calls to Worship (undated, and fragments), UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Miscellaneous, Circa 1985-2000Add to your cart.

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