|Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary|
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one roughly chronological series.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains member lists, meeting minutes and schedules, correspondence, newspaper articles, worship services, material relating to theatre productions, information on conferences, member biographies, VHS cassettes, and the organization's T-shirt. Correspondence is from Yvonne Lucia-Readling, Patricia Donohue, and Rose Marie Noonan, among other members.
Burke Library record group:
Archives of Women in Theological Scholarship (AWTS)
Using the Collection
Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Information concerning copyright, fair use, and reproduction requests can be consulted at Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office.
Item description, AWTS: Sarah's Circle records, 1989-1996, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Sarah's Circle records were donated to the Archives of Women in Theological Scholarship in 2003.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Folded materials were flattened. Newspapers and newspaper clippings were placed within acid free paper. Staples, rubber bands, and metal clips were removed and replaced with plastic clips. All materials were placed in acid-free folders and boxes. The finding aid was created by Margaret A. Laemmel in 2006, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2021.
2021-11-04 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Sarah's Circle was started in 1989 in response to "Called by Name", a campaign sponsored by the Diocese of Syracuse of the Catholic Church to encourage vocations to the priesthood. Several local women announced a public meeting for all women in the area who felt a call to be ordained. About 20 women attended the meeting, out of whom emerged a core membership of about 15. The name Sarah's Circle was derived from the matriarch of the Hebrew Scriptures, a woman who knew how to wait. Sarah's Circle consisted of both men and women, most of whom were born and raised in the Catholic Church, ranging from early 30's to late 70's. The members were dedicated to the full inclusion of women as ordained members of the Roman Catholic Church. To further this end the group promoted alternative worship services, theater productions, letters of protest, and workshops to raise awareness on this issue. There were protests surrounding their activities, as well as accusations of heresy.