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 Topic: LGBT Religious Archives Network News #26

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Posted: 30 Nov 2004, 5:52 pm    Post subject: LGBT Religious Archives Network News #26 Reply with quote

Web Site: http://www.lgbtran.org

To subscribe to this newsletter, contact: mbowman@lgbtran.org


The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Religious Archives Network (LGBTRAN) at Chicago Theological Seminary is a grass roots, activist venture to promote and conserve the history of LGBT religious movements. LGBTRAN serves as a resource center and information clearinghouse for preserving records of LGBT religious movements and also encourages historical study of them. Pass on news of this ground-breaking work by forwarding this email to friends and colleagues.

Reports below:
1. More Oral History Interviews
2. Special Exhibit--Council on Religion and the Homosexual
3. Award for Papers on LGBT Religious History
4. Pioneers Gallery Additions
5. Open Hands Archives on CLGS Web Site
6. Reflect on 150th Anniversary of Leaves of Grass
7 20 Years of the GLBT Historical Society
8. How You Can Support LGBTRAN

1. MORE ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS
Oral History Project coordinator Doris Malkmus completed more interviews for our pilot Oral History project with three women who played key roles in creating and evolving the lesbian/feminist/Dianic tradition in goddess religion. Modern expressions of this tradition began over three decades ago, but little of this history has been documented. Ruth Barrett, first high priestess of Z Budapest's original coven in Los Angeles from 1980-85; Falcon River, woodworker, storyteller and guardian priestess; and Jade River, co-founder of the Re-formed Congregation of the Goddess--the networking center or goddess religion--all gave detailed interviews covering their thirty years of leadership. Transcripts of these intriguing interviews will be available on the LGBTRAN web site in a few weeks.

2. SPECIAL EXHIBIT--COUNCIL ON RELIGION AND THE HOMOSEXUAL
LGBTRAN is preparing a special exhibit on its web site to recognize the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Council on the Religion and the Homosexual (CRH) in San Francisco in 1964. This group (perhaps the first U.S. group to use the word "homosexual" in its title) was ground-breaking in its work to engender dialogue between religious leaders and LGBT persons and to provide a vehicle for religious leaders to advocate for LGBT rights.

Persons or institutions having information, artifacts, or ephemera about the early years of CRH are encouraged to contact Mark Bowman at mbowman@lgbtran.org with any information that we could add to our online exhibit.

SF Bay Area Volunteer Needed: Since most of the artifacts and records of CRH are located in San Francisco area repositories, LGBTRAN could use the assistance of persons in that locale willing to volunteer a few hours over the coming weeks to obtain copies of some records. If you or someone you know would be willing to assist in this effort, email mbowman@lgbtran.org.

3. AWARD FOR PAPERS ON LGBT RELIGIOUS HISTORY
In order to promote scholarship in LGBT studies in religious history, LGBTRAN is inviting submissions for its new LGBT Religious History Award. The deadline for the first annual award will be in October, 2005. A detailed description of the award and its submissions requirements will be posted on the LGBTRAN web site in early January, 2005. A monetary award will be given to the honored paper(s).

4. PIONEERS GALLERY ADDITIONS
New entries into the Pioneers Gallery on the LGBTRAN web site this past month are: Rabbi Lisa Edwards, Rabbi Steven Greenberg, Rev. Dr. Stephen Pieters and Rev. Dusty Pruitt. You can peruse these and all 105 Pioneer listings at: http://www.lgbtran.org/pioneers.asp

5. OPEN HANDS ARCHIVES ON CLGS WEB SITE
The Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies in Religion and Ministries at the Pacific School of Religion has developed an online archive of the magazine Open Hands. Open Hands was a unique resource on Christian ministry with lesbian and gay persons and was published quarterly by the United Methodist Reconciling Ministries Network (formerly Reconciling Congregation Program) from 1986 to 2002. In the later years, the magazine was an ecumenical cooperative venture with other Protestant "welcoming church" movements.

All of the Open Hands articles from Fall 1995 (volume 11, number 2) through Spring 2002 (volume 17, number 4), along with an index of authors and titles, can be read at: www.clgs.org/3/open_hands.html.

6. REFLECT ON 150th ANNIVERSARY OF LEAVES OF GRASS
Mitchell Santine Gould has developed a fascinating web site to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass: http://www.leavesofgrass.org.

Mitchell is inviting LGBT spiritual leaders to submit reflections (500 words) on the significance of Whitman's seminal work that could be posted on the blog on his web site: http://generalpicture.typepad.com. You can submit your comments to Mitchell at: mitchgould@generalpicture.com

7. 20 YEARS OF THE GLBT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the GLBT Historical Society (GLBTHS) in San Francisco. In recognition of this, GLBTHS is compiling a comprehensive bibliography of books, PhD dissertations, master's theses, and published articles based in whole or part on research in their archives. They are also looking for publications that reproduce images or reprint documents from their collections. If you are aware of such publications, dissertations, or theses, send the citations to: dalembert@aol.com.

8. HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT LGBTRAN
A. Invite friends and colleagues to learn more about preserving the history of LGBT religious movements by forwarding this newsletter to them or sending their email addresses to info@lgbtran.org and we'll contact them.

B. Contact us at info@lgbtran.org with information about existing archival collections from LGBT religious movements, about records that need to be archived, or about LGBT religious leaders who should be included in our Pioneers Gallery.

C. Volunteer to assist with our work in preserving and researching LGBT religious history at: volunteer@lgbtran.org. The LGBTRAN staff will be pleased to help you get involved in whatever way is most appropriate for you.

D. Make a financial gift to support the work on LGBTRAN on the web
site: www.lgbtran.org. Click on the "Make A Gift" box in upper left corner of the page. You can provide information on individuals, foundations and organizations that might be interested in funding this ground-breaking historical work by emailing mbowman@lgbtran.org.

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The LGBT Religious Archives Network News is an occasional email newsletter for persons interested in supporting the preservation of the history of LGBT religious movements. Copies of previous newsletters can be found on our web site: www.lgbtran.org/news.htm.

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