Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec

Classification scheme: 

Title: Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec fonds

Dates of creation: 1810-1988

Physical description: 35 m of textual records

Administrative history: The Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec (MCOQ) was founded in 1810. It was known as the Mennonite Conference of Canada until 1909 and the Ontario Mennonite Conference until 1982.

The Old Mennonite Church in the United States and Canada was organized into district conferences, the majority of which participated in Mennonite General Assembly, founded at a Constitutional and General Assembly held at Kitchener, Ontario, on 16-19 August 1971. The assembly was made up of congregational delegates proportionately representing the participating conferences. MCOQ participated in Mennonite General Conference, 1898-1971, and Mennonite General Assembly, 1971-1988 (see (Old) Mennonite Church).

In 1988 the Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec merged with the Western Ontario Mennonite Conference and the Conference of United Mennonite Churches in Ontario to form the Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada.

Custodial history: Accruals have been received at various times from various individuals and groups participating in conference activities.

Scope and content: The fonds consists primarily of reports, programs and meeting minutes. Two large schools created by the conference have their records in the MCOQ fonds: Rockway Mennonite School and the Ontario Mennonite Bible School and Institute (see Series 4: Educational Cabinet). Several other institutions, including the Mennonite Aid Union and Women's Missionary and Service Commission are listed in Series 5.

Notes: For further reference see Samuel Steiner. "Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec (MC)." Mennonite Encyclopedia, V:570.

File list:

There are seven series in the fonds, with numerous sub-series:

  1. 1A. Printed materials (resolutions, minutes, annual reports, Calendar of appointments, etc.) 
    1B. Early Records (pre-1920)
  2. Executive Committee

    1. Moderator (Chairman) and Assistant Moderator
    2. Executive Minutes and Secretary's Records
    3. Ministerial/Personnel Committee
    4. Finance Committee (These records were re-appraised in 2009. Most receipts and invoices were withdrawn.)
    5. Special Committees
      Land Use Task Force, 1975-1976
    6. Faith and Life, Youth Ministry Committee
    7. Program Committee
    8. Theological Concerns
    9. Office Manager 
  3. Mennonite Mission Board of Ontario

  4. Educational Cabinet

    1. Education Cabinet records
    2. Rockway Mennonite School
    3. Religion in the public schools
    4. Ontario Mennonite Bible School and Institute
    5. Religious Education in the Public Schools
    6. Student Services
    7. Sunday School Conference
    8. Christian Workers' Committee
    9. Ontario Bible Conferences
    10. Christian Nurture Committee
    11. Mennonite Youth Fellowship
    12. Member, Mennonite Church Publication Board
    13. Summer Bible School
    14. Young People's Conferences
    15. Literary Societies
      1. Excelsior
      2. Interrogative
      3. Alpine 
      4. Progressive
      5. Keystone
      6. Philomatheon
      7. Maple Leaf
    16. Mennonite Camps
      1. Chesley Lake
      2. Fraser Lake
    17. Sunday School Reports 
  5. Organizations related to Conference

    1. Mennonite Benefit Association
    2. Mennonite Aid Union
    3. Fairview Mennonite Home
    4. Women's Missionary and Service Commission
    5. General Welfare Committee
    6. Ontario Mennonite Evangel
    7. Conference Historian
    8. Peace, Social and Economic Relations Committee
  6. Conference Districts

    1. Northern
    2. Central (K-W)
    3. Eastern (Markham/York County)
    4. Western (Wilmot)
    5. Niagara

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