Independent Committee on Alcohol and Drugs for United Methodists records
A Guide to the Collection
As early as 1739, the Methodist movement promoted abstinence from alcoholic beverages. John Wesley classified alcohol as evil because of the harm it causes to the individual and to society at large. The Independent Committee on Alcohol & Drugs for Methodists (later the Independent Committee on Alcohol & Drugs for United Methodists) formed in 1960 to promote awareness of the dangers of alcohol, continuing the work of the former Methodist Church Board of Temperance. The three main goals of the Committee were:
• to promote the voluntary total abstinence from all intoxicants and narcotics
• to promote the observance and enforcement of constitutional provisions and statutory enactments which suppress the sale of alcoholic beverages and in narcotic drugs
• to promote the swift enactment of such legislation throughout the world
In order to carry out its mission, the Committee held annual essay contests for the United Methodist Youth Foundation and distributed monthly bulletins. Essay contests, which began in October 1994, gave students the opportunity to share with readers the benefits of abstinence from alcohol. In addition, the Committee printed a bulletin insert for local churches. The Committee also produced TV spot ads promoting abstinence from intoxicants and kept in contact with several church administrators regarding their own personal responsibility concerning the church’s position on alcohol and drugs.
Collection donor Howard LeRoy Lydicke served as the Chairman of the Independent Committee on Alcohol and Drugs for the United Methodist Church.
"The Independent Committee on Alcohol & Drugs for United Methodists web site," Independent Committee on Alcohol and Drugs for United Methodists records, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.
The Independent Committee on Alcohol and Drugs for United Methodists records comprise 0.5 linear feet of letters, university policies on alcohol consumption, essay contests, and legal matters. The collection reflects the actions taken by the Committee to increase awareness of the dangers of alcohol within the Methodist community. The Committee also strenuously worked to have Methodist universities follow the church’s policies on alcohol consumption and lobbied to have prohibition reinstated. These activities are also represented in the collection.
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[Identification of item], Independent Committee on Alcohol and Drugs for United Methodists records, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.
Acquired 2007 or 2008, possibly from Howard Lydick.
This collection was arranged and described in 2010 by Allison Osborn.
Lara Corazalla, 2010.
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