The Louisville Women-Church collection contains materials from the late 1970s through the early 2000s; the bulk of the collection dates from 1982-1989. It includes meeting minutes and membership information as well as records of their activities, their own published material, and material published by other organizations that was of interest to Women-Church.
Louisville Women-Church began as the Louisville Woman/Church Task Force around 1982 with a gathering of men and women whose purpose was to study the role of women in the Roman Catholic Church. The group was convened by Mary "Joan" Riehm and Suzanne Holland and included priests, women religious, and lay people. The group was committed to working for the embodiment of equality in church structures to include women in primary decision making. Louisville Women-Church was also a member of Women-Church Convergence, a national coalition of groups who share the vision of furthering feminist theology, equality in ministry, and peace and justice for all peoples. The group was particularly active in the 1980s and 1990s and their contributions included annual conferences, the New Vision quarterly newsletter, and organized liturgies. While the group began as the LWCTF (Louisville Women/Church Task Force), in 1989 LWCTF was renamed Louisville Women-Church to reflect a broad and formal membership organization. As of 2011, it is believed that the group continues to meet on an informal basis.
Louisville Women-Church records, 2010_026-UA, Box: 1; Box: 2. University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections.
Louisville Women-Church records, 2010_026-UA, Box: 1; Box: 2. University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections. https://archivescatalog.library.louisville.edu/repositories/2/resources/312 Accessed February 25, 2021.