LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #93: April 26, 2012

This month's news:

  1. 40th Anniversary Celebration of Historic Ordination
  2. LGBT-RAN Annual Dinner on June 16th
  3. Oral History & Profiles Added to Web Site
  4. Add Your Remembrances to the Profiles Gallery
  5. Why I Support LGBT-RAN

1.  40th Anniversary Celebration of Historic Ordination

On June 25, 1972, William R. Johnson was ordained by the Golden Gate Association of the United Church of Christ (UCC), the first openly gay or lesbian person ordained in U.S. mainline Christianity in modern times.  The dramatic impact of this landmark event in the years that followed will be celebrated and explored during Courage, Call & Conviction, June 15-17, 2012, in the Bay Area of California.  This series of events--including receptions, a dinner, conversation, presentations, and worship--is co-sponsored by the Pacific School of Religion, the Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies in Religion & Ministry, the Golden Gate Association of the UCC, the LGBT Religious Archives Network, and New Spirit Community Church.

This weekend is a unique opportunity to interact with numerous persons "great and small" who played a part in this historic saga and its aftermath.  Pass on this information to friends and colleagues in northern California.  Persons elsewhere who are interested in attending can contact Mark Bowman for assistance with travel and/or lodging.

2.  LGBT-RAN Annual Dinner on June 16th

LGBT-RAN invites all friends and supporters to its annual dinner and program on Saturday evening, June 16th, 2012. This is part of the Call, Courage & Conviction weekend (see above). Featured speakers will be the 2011-12 LGBT Religious History Award honorees: Dr. Rebecca L. Davis and Dr. Anthony Michael Petro.  The evening will also include updates on LGBT-RAN's ground-breaking work preserving LGBT religious history and the donation of the William R. Johnson Papers to the CLGS Archives.  This dinner coincides with the annual meeting of the LGBT-RAN Advisory Committee.

This LGBT-RAN dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Badé Museum at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley.  To ensure adequate food, please RSVP your attendance to Desi at 510-849-8206 or A $20 donation to cover the meal cost requested at the door. Direct any questions to Mark Bowman.

3.  Oral History & Profiles Added to Web Site

The newest addition to LGBT-RAN's Oral History Project is an interview with Lynn Jordan, one of the founding members of and historian at Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) San Francisco.  Jordan's fascinating journey begins in rural Ohio and moves on to the U.S. military in Germany in the mid-1960s where one of his service buddies was Sgt. Troy Perry.  Back in the U.S., Jordan flees to San Francisco and dives into the emerging gay counterculture. After seeing a report of a new "gay church" founded by Perry, Jordan reconnects with his old friend and plays a key role in the founding and development of MCC San Francisco.

New biographical statements added to the Profiles Gallery this past month include:

LGBT-RAN depends upon the assistance of volunteers like you to preserve our history through oral history interviews and biographical profiles on the web site.  Contact Mark Bowman to offer your assistance in these preservation efforts.

4.  Add Your Remembrances to the Profiles Gallery

More than 20 persons have utilized LGBT-RAN's newest feature in recent weeks to post a "remembrance" of one of the leaders of LGBT religious movements in the Profiles Gallery. This is a valuable means of expanding the biographical data that LGBT-RAN preserves.  Is there someone in the Profiles Gallery who was an important mentor, colleague or friend of yours? You can now preserve a significant experience with or knowledge of that person and make that remembrance easily accessible to researchers and other interested persons.  Simple instructions on how to post this can be found  here.

5.  Why I Support LGBT-RAN

Another long-time LGBT-RAN supportor and donor, Dr. Melissa Wilcox, shares why LGBT-RAN is so important to her:
I support LGBT-RAN because if we don't work to preserve our history, no one else is going to preserve it for us. The Archives Network is an important resource to scholars looking for collections that bear on LGBTIQ religions, but it's also a tremendous source of information and history for anyone with access to the Internet. LGBT-RAN is innovative in its use of technology to make our histories uniquely accessible to people in many places around the world. It's a timely and critical project that we all must help to keep going.

LGBT-RAN can only continue its ground-breaking work preserving LGBT religious history because of the gifts of Melissa Wilcox and dozens of other LGBT-RAN friends. Your gift today will help ensure that our voices and stories are preserved for future generations. Click the link to give online on your credit card or to get info to mail in a check. Your support truly makes a difference.

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