LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #62: September 4, 2008

This month's news:

  1. Malcolm Johnson Oral History Released
  2. Mollenkott Being Honored in NYC, Papers Donated to CLGS Archive
  3. October 17 Deadline for Submissions for LGBT Religious History Award
  4. Remembering Del Martin (1921-2008)
  5. Test Version of OutHistory Site Released

1.  Malcolm Johnson Oral History Released

LGBT-RAN has posted an oral history interview with the Rev. Malcolm Johnson, one of the first openly gay clergy in the Church of England. Johnson played a critical role in the initiation of organizations that have been formative in the lives of LGBT Anglicans and clergy: The St. Katharine's Group (social group formed in 1968), the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (1976) and the Clergy Consultation (1976). In this interview Johnson relates his life journey beginning with childhood in World War II, his subsequent education and ministry training, and forty years of formal ministry through which was interwoven an extensive array of ministries with LGBT persons. 

This interview is LGBT-RAN's first from outside the U.S.--indicative of LGBT-RAN's commitment to preserve history of a wide diversity of LGBT religious movements. The Johnson interview--like all eleven interviews currently in LGBT-RAN's Oral History Project--can be either read or listened to. If you are aware of existent oral history interviews that could be added to LGBT-RAN's online collection, contact Mark Bowman.

2.  Mollenkott Being Honored in NYC, Papers Donated to CLGS Archive

The Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) is sponsoring a public celebration of the life and ministry of Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, one of the foremost LGBTQ theologians, on Friday, September 19, 2008, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. This event is open to the public; read more details here.

CLGS is honoring Mollenkott on the occasion of the the donation of her personal papers to the CLGS Archives. The Mollenkott Collection is a significant contribution to the LGBT historical record. Mollenkott participated in an oral history interview with LGBT-RAN in 2004.

3.  October 17 Deadline for Submissions for LGBT Religious History Award

The deadline for submission of papers to be considered for the 2008-09 LGBT Religious History Award is almost here--October 17, 2008.  Guidelines for submissions can be found here. This will be the fourth year for this unique award--the only such honor given for outstanding research and writing about LGBT religious history.

4.  Remembering Del Martin (1921-2008)

Del Martin,  one of the earliest LGBT activists in the U.S., died on August 27, 2008. Martin, pictured on the right here with her partner of more than 55 years, Phyllis Lyon, played a central role in shaping the LGBT and feminist movements of the last half of the 20th century.

Among their many achievements, Martin and Lyon played key roles in the formation of the ground-breaking Council on Religion and the Homosexual (CRH) in San Francisco in the mid-1960s. Their extension archival collection was the primary source of the artifacts that LGBT-RAN used to create its online exhibition about CRH.  Martin and Lyon are featured prominently in that exhibition.

5.  Test Version of OutHistory Site Released

A test version of a new web site on LGBT history,, has been announced by project director Jonathan Ned Katz.  Feedback from historians and other historically-oriented researchers is particularly invited. Comments can be posted using the "Discuss" function on the main page.

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