Call, Courage & Conviction: Remembering 40+ years of LGBT Witness in the United Church of Christ

A weekend of events revisiting the 40th anniversary of
William R. Johnson's ordination and early advances in
LGBT movements in the United Church of Christ.

A collaboration of:

Hosted by:

  • Jon Boyden
  • Marilyn Corvin
  • Thomas Dipko
  • W. Evan & Deborah Golder
  • Henry H. Hayden
  • Sandra Hulse


  • Scott Jones
  • Nancy Krody & Pat Sazbo
  • Liberation UCC Cleveland
  • Riess & Tara Potterveld
  • Jeffrey S. Spencer
  • St. John's UCC San Francisco

Celebrating the Past for a Better Future:
The Legacy of Bill Johnson's Ordination in LGBT Religious Movements

Friday, June 15th, 2012

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Pacific School of Religion Reception

featuring recollections and new visions from
Dr. Riess Potterveld, Pacific School of Religion president, Dr. Bernard Schlager, Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies, Dr. Sally Gearhart, Rev. Elder Jim Mitulski, New Spirit Community Church, and current seminarians—as well as Rev. Bill Johnson. Join in the conversation!

Badè Museum at the Pacific School of Religion

1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, California

Honoring the Courageous Who Made History 40 Years Ago

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Golden Gate Association Reception

Greet and mingle with Rev. Bill Johnson and numerous United Church of Christ leaders and laypersons who enabled this historic ordination to occur on June 25, 1972. Presentations at 3:00 p.m.
This event is held at the church that sponsored Bill Johnson's quest for ordination.

Community UCC of San Carlos

1336 Arroyo Avenue, San Carlos, California

Rebecca Davis

Anthony Petro

Preserving LGBT Religious Voices and Stories

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

LGBT Religious Archives Network Annual Dinner

featuring 2011-12 LGBT Religious History Award 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"
plus program updates from LGBT-RAN Coordinator Mark Bowman and receiving the William R. Johnson Papers at the CLGS Archives.

Badè Museum at Pacific School of Religion

1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, California

$20 donation requested at door for dinner

RSVP for meal count to Desi at 510-849-8206 or

Communing with Descendants in a New & Inclusive Community

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

11:00 a.m.

New Spirit Community Church Worship Service

This community is proudly "gay and straight together" affiliated with the United Church of Christ, Metropolitan Community Church and the Disciples of Christ. This celebration of worship will honor Bill Johnson, LGBT pioneer, prophet & radical theologian and recognize the long tradition of tireless witness for social justice in the United Church of Christ.
New Spirit will officially become the 1,009th Open & Affirming Congregation in the United Church of Christ this morning.

Pacific School of Religion Chapel

1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, California

Reception at 12:30 p.m. following worship service

If you are interested in participating in this momentous weekend and have questions about travel and/or accommodations, contact or call 510-849-8206.