LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #63: October 9, 2008

This month's news:

  1. Robert Clement Interview Posted
  2. New Profiles & Collections on Web Site
  3. History Award Deadline Is October 17
  4. Preserving Records of Our History

1.  Robert Clement Interview Posted

LGBT-RAN has posted an oral history interview with Archbishop Robert Clement of the American Catholic Church. Clement is probably most well-known for being the founder and long-time priest of the Church of the Beloved Disciple in New York City during the 1970s. A priest in Old Catholic Church traditions, Clement starting working on developing a gay ministry in 1968. Beloved Disciple burst onto the public scene after Clement and his partner John Darcy Noble passed out flyers inviting persons to a mass during New York City's first gay pride parade in 1970. On July 19, 1970, about 800 persons appeared at the inaugural worship service of the Church of the Beloved Disciple.

This lengthy interview with Clement, conducted by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, covers details of Clement's long ministry career, in addition to the development of the Church of the Beloved Disciple. Clement also provided a wide array of historical photos to accompany the interview. This interview is the 12th in LGBT-RAN's Oral History Project.

2.  New Profiles & Collections on Web Site

These two new profiles have been added to the Profiles Gallery over the past month:

Rebecca Anne Allison, M.D., UCC transgender educator & activist; and
Jeri Ann Harvey, long-time MCC pastor and leader.

In addition, two LGBT religious collections have been posted in the Collections Catalog:

the Mary E. Hunt papers; and
the Diann L. Neu papers
that document the careers of these two feminist theologians who have worked primarily through the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER).

You can support LGBT-RAN's work to empower historical research by contacting us with information about LGBT religious leaders to add to the Profiles Gallery or existing archival collections to include in the Collections Catalog.

3.  History Award Deadline Is October 17

The deadline for submissions of papers to be considered for the fourth annual LGBT Religious History Award is next Friday, October 17th.  This is the only academic award given to honor research and writing about LGBT religious history.  Submission guidelines are available on the LGBT web site.  Please pass this information on to scholars and students who are working in this ground-breaking field of study.

4.  Preserving Records of Our History

The mantra often used around LGBT-RAN is "History is written from the perspective of those who preserve their records." LGBT-RAN is committed to ensuring that the voices and stories from LGBT religious movements are preserved for future generations.  It will take all of us working together to make certain that records of these movements are preserved in archives for use by researchers and scholars.

You can assist in this critical effort by ensuring that records and papers of your LGBT religious leaders and organizations are preserved in appropriate repositories. LGBT-RAN provides a helpful, free resource to assist you: Guide to Preserving Historical Records. You can read or download this 15-page paper from this link on the LGBT-RAN web site. You can also feel free to contact LGBT-RAN with questions about how to preserve records. Together we can be sure that the profound impact of LGBT religious movements upon religious and social institutions over recent decades is recorded for posterity.

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