Lesbian and Gay Interfaith Council of Minnesota
Span Dates: 1978-1987
Volume: .7 cubic ft.
Lesbian and Gay Interfaith Council of Minnesota records consists primarily of newsletters.
The records in the collection primarily center on the Council's religious, educational, and social activities and relations with its member organizations during the first half of the 1980s. The Council disbanded in 1987.
Among the more prominent activities documented in the records are the Council's sponsorship of a series of panel discussions on the Bible and homosexuality (1982), its consultation with the American Lutheran Church on helping congregations minister to gay and lesbian members (1982); participation in the constituting convention of the North American Lesbian and Gay Religious Congress (1982); the work of the Council's legislative task force; and a number of liturgies developed by the Council for religious observances it sponsored. The Council's change in format from a representative council to a forum of interested persons centered around a series of monthly forums on topics and issues relevant to the lesbian and gay religious community (1986) is also documented.
The Lesbian and Gay Interfaith Council of Minnesota was established in 1976 by four Twin Cities religious groups ministering to the gay community as the Gay Interfaith Coalition. In 1980 the group was renamed the Ecumenical Coordinating Council and in 1981 it became known as the Twin Cities Lesbian and Gay Interfaith Council. In 1983 the name was finalized as the Lesbian and Gay Interfaith Council of Minnesota. Its members included the Metropolitan Community Church, Evangelicals Concerned, Lesbian/Gay Interfaith Alliance, Lutherans Concerned, Presbyterians for Lesbian and Gay Concerns, and others. It is now defunct.
A detailed finding aid is available online at the following web address.
The collection is located in the Minnesota Historical Society Library in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Lesbian and Gay Interfaith Council of Minnesota,
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches,
Gay liberation movement -- Religious aspects,
Gays -- Religious Life,
Gays -- United States -- History -- 20th Century -- Sources,
Lesbians -- Religious life,