Genesee Ecumenical Ministries

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Alternate Names: Greater Rochester Community of Churches
Duration: About 1919 - current (Southern Africa work: late 1970s or 1980 - unknown, early 1990s)
Location: Rochester, New York, United States

Genesee Ecumenical Ministries (GEM) was an association of Protestant and Roman Catholic churches, religious based agencies, seminaries, and lay/clergy groups in the Rochester area. Starting in 1979 or 1980, the GEM organized a delegation of religious from the area to South Africa, but they were twice refused visas by the South African government. In about 1982, the Rochester Committee for Justice in Southern Africa (see separate organization description) was started as a project of GEM. In 1991, GEM changed its name to the Greater Rochester Community of Churches.

Organizational Archive

Title: Genesee Ecumenical Ministries Collection
Time Span: Africa material 1978-1980s
Description: Archive of the Genesee Ecumenical Ministries (GEM). The archive one cubic foot of files describing the activities of the Rochester Committee for Justice in Southern Africa (RCJSA), a project of GEM. They describe local efforts at bank boycotts, share holders' corporate responsibility campaign, mobilization of a local delegation to visit South Africa to observe practices of Rochester-based corporations, public awareness efforts, conversations with executives of the Eastman Kodak Company about corporate responsibility in regard to apartheid.
Housed At: Ecumenical and Interfaith Archives of Rochester
Location: 2 Riverside Street, Rochester, NY 14613, United States
Phone: (585) 254-2570
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