LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #94: June 5, 2012

This month's news:

  1. LGBT-RAN Awards at June 16th Dinner
  2. Bay Area Events Marking 40th Anniversary of Ordination
  3. New Exhibition on Johnson Ordination
  4. Harry Hay Conference in NYC
  5. Why Support LGBT-RAN

1.  LGBT-RAN Awards at June 16th Dinner

Friends and supporters in northern California can personally experience LGBT-RAN's unique historical venture at a special dinner and program on Saturday evening, June 16th, at the Pacific School of Religion. Featured speakers will be the 2011-12 LGBT Religious History Award co-honorees: Dr. Rebecca L. Davis ("'My Homosexuality Is Getting Worse Every Day': Norman Vincent Peale, Psychiatry, and the Liberal Protestant Response to Same-Sex Desires in Mid-Twentieth Century America") and Dr. Anthony Michael Petro ("Protest Religion! ACT UP, Religious Freedom and the Ethics of Sex.").  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 gathering coincides with the annual meeting of the LGBT-RAN Advisory Committee.

This event is at 6:30 p.m. at the Badé Museum at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. To ensure adequate food, please confirm your attendance to Desi at 510-849-8206 or A $20 donation is requested to cover the cost of the meal. Direct any questions to

Davis and Petro are also speaking on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco.

2.  Bay Area Events Marking 40th Anniversary of Ordination

The LGBT-RAN dinner above is part of a weekend of activities--on June 15-17, 2012--in the San Francisco Bay Area marking the 40th anniversary of the ordination of William R. Johnson in the United Church of Christ, the first openly gay person ordained in mainline Christianity in modern times. Courage, Call & Conviction includes a series of receptions, presentations, worship, and conversations coordinated by the Pacific School of Religion, the Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies in Religion & Ministry, the Golden Gate Association of the UCC, New Spirit Community Church as well as  LGBT-RAN.  Click here for complete information on this gala celebration.

3.  New Exhibition on Johnson Ordination

In preparation for the Call, Courage & Conviction weekend, LGBT-RAN has created a new online exhibition recounting the historic ordination of William R. Johnson in 1972.  This exhibition initially includes photos, media articles, the ordination bulletin, reports and a video.  This exhibition will grow as  you and other persons send in additional artifacts and testimonies regarding Johnson's ordination in the UCC and its impact over the past 40 years.  Click here for suggestions on how you can contribute to the preservation of this history.

Also two new listings have been added to LGBT-RAN Collections Catalog this past month:

4.  Harry Hay Conference in NYC

Registration is now open for Radically Gay: The Life and Visionary Legacy of Harry Hay, a conference on September 27-30, 2012, in New York City.  Events include presentations, workshops and performances in various venues around the city.  The conference honors the 100th anniversary of Harry Hay's birth and will explore Hay's life and ideas and the multiple facets of LGBT life that he himself pioneered. The four major themes are: the arts, political activism, spirituality, and sexual identities.

5.  Why Support LGBT-RAN

Long-time LGBT-RAN friend and donor, Dr. Rebecca Alpert, shares why she supports this momentous preservation venture:

LGBT-RAN is such a treasure. It is the only place where the history of the LGBT religious community is being documented and preserved on the Internet.  The oral histories, profile stories, and exhibits are invaluable resources for  us all—now and far into the future. We all must support this effort to keep it going.

LGBT-RAN can only continue its ground-breaking work preserving LGBT religious history because of the gifts of Rebecca Alpert and dozens 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 with your credit card or to get info on where to mail a check. Your support does make a difference.

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