The Center was founded in 1970 as the Office of Women’s Affairs by women who recognized “that seminary women at the GTU schools needed a channel, an advocate, an office through which to express their needs and concerns.” The name was changed in 1977 to Center for Women and Religion. The Center worked toward the goal of ending sexism and promoting justice in and through religion focusing on research, the status of women in religious structures, and community building for women. Activities included offering GTU courses, sponsorship of conferences, programs, and groups, and the publication of anthologies, bibliographies, a journal, and newsletters.