LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #105: October 17, 2013


This month's news:

  1. Commets on New Upstairs Lounge Exhibit
  2. Church of the Beloved Disciple in New York
  3. Facebook Page & LGBT History Month
  4. New Books
  5. December 1 Deadline for LGBT Religious History Award

1.  Commets on New Upstairs Lounge Exhibit

The buzz about LGBT-RAN's newest online exhibit, The Upstairs Lounge Fire, is growing as a result of announcements in LGBT press and on history-related web sites, as well as through social media. Viewer traffic to the exhibit has been steady. An added feature of this new exhibit is the ability to submit and read comments about the exhibit and the events that comprise it. If you or someone you know has a significant connection to or reflection on the Upstairs Lounge Fire and LGBT-RAN's exhibit, submit it here. These observations and conversations are an important addition to the historical record.

LGBT-RAN is now finishing work on another online exhibit, marking the 50th anniversary of the ground-breaking Towards A Quaker View of Sex in the U.K. Anyone with interest in or information about this ground-breaking report by a group of British Friends is encourage to contact us.

2.  Church of the Beloved Disciple in New York

The Church of the Beloved Disciple was formed in New York City by Robert Clement and John Noble in 1968, the same year Troy Perry was starting MCC in California. While functioning as an independent Catholic congregation, Beloved Disciple drew large ecumenical participation as one of the only Christian communities for LGBT persons at the time. LGBT-RAN recorded an oral history interview with Clement which preserves important historical information about Beloved Disciple.

More recently, Cristino Xirau, who served at Beloved Disciple as Father Gabriel, contacted LGBT-RAN with a paper he had researched and written about his experiences there. A profile is now posted for Cristino "Father Gabriel" Xirau, including the paper he wrote, adding to the historical record preserved about this important early community in LGBT religious history.

3.  Facebook Page & LGBT History Month

LGBT-RAN has been honoring LGBT History Month by posting a daily recollection of LGBT religious history on our Facebook page. You can peruse all of these postings here. Check out this page regularly and let us know that you LIKE us at LGBT-RAN.

4.  New Books

Two new books out this fall provide critical and valuable insights into LGBT religious history.

A Thorn in the Flesh: How Gay Spirituality Is Changing the Episcopal Church by Caroline Hall is a carefully researched discussion of the work for LGBT inclusion in the Episcopal Church in the USA and in other countries and the backlash that resulted, placing the conflict at the intersection of politics, purity, and patriarchy.

Queer Clergy: A History of Gay and Lesbian Ministry in American Protestantism by R.W. Holmen provides a detailed history of the ways in which the Presbyterian Church USA, the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church have grappled and responded to the issue of ordaining LGBT clergy over the past four decades.

5.  December 1 Deadline for LGBT Religious History Award

December 1 is the deadline for submitting papers to be considered for the 2013-14 LGBT Religious History Award Initiated eight years ago by LGBT-RAN, this is the only academic award for research and writing in LGBT religious history. Pass this information on to other scholars, students and researches who are working in this field. Guidelines for submissions can be found here.


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