Collection Info

Integrity

Span Dates: 1974-2003

Volume: 12 cubic ft.

Description

The Integrity Records collection has a rich concentration in the early history of the organization and includes minutes of meetings, correspondence, newsletters from regional and local chapters, and materials from various conventions and conferences.

Hist/Bio Note

In 1974, Episcopal activist Dr. Louie Crew announced a new publication, "INTEGRITY", and the first chapter meeting was held in Chicago. The next year the first convention was held in Chicago with Ellen Barrett and Jim Wickliff as co-presidents. In 1982, then President John Fortunato established a national office in Washington, DC. Integrity continued to press for full inclusion of LGBT members within the church. In 1989, the Rt. Rev. John S. Spong, Bishop of Newark, ordained the Rev. Robert Williams, an openly gay man living in a relationship with another man, to the priesthood. By the late 1990s, Integrity's efforts resulted in near full inclusion of LGBT peoples within the Episcopal Church USA. In 2003, General Conference approved an openly gay bishop amidst a storm of protest within the Anglican Church.
http://www.integrityusa.org/

Finding Aid

A finding aid is available at the archives of the Episcopal Church. Contact information is available at the archives' website.

Location

The collection is housed at the Archives of the Episcopal Church at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas.
http://www.episcopalarchives.org

Index Terms

Beyond InclusionIntegrityCrew, LouieEpiscopalUnited StatesSpong, ShelbyChurch work with gays -- United StatesClergy -- Political ActivityGay liberation movement -- Religious aspectsGays -- Religious LifeGays -- United States -- History -- 20th Century -- SourcesHomosexuality -- History -- 20th centuryLesbianism -- Religious aspectsLesbians -- Religious lifeLesbians -- United States -- History -- 20th CenturyHomosexuality -- Religious aspects -- ChristianityOrdination -- Episcopal