Collection Info

Lesbian and Gay Interfaith Council of Minnesota

Span Dates: 1978-1987

Volume: .7 cubic ft.

Description

Lesbian and Gay Interfaith Council of Minnesota records consists primarily of newsletters. The records in the collection primarily center on the Council's religious, educational, and social activities and relations with its member organizations during the first half of the 1980s. The Council disbanded in 1987. Among the more prominent activities documented in the records are the Council's sponsorship of a series of panel discussions on the Bible and homosexuality (1982), its consultation with the American Lutheran Church on helping congregations minister to gay and lesbian members (1982); participation in the constituting convention of the North American Lesbian and Gay Religious Congress (1982); the work of the Council's legislative task force; and a number of liturgies developed by the Council for religious observances it sponsored. The Council's change in format from a representative council to a forum of interested persons centered around a series of monthly forums on topics and issues relevant to the lesbian and gay religious community (1986) is also documented.

Hist/Bio Note

The Lesbian and Gay Interfaith Council of Minnesota was established in 1976 by four Twin Cities religious groups ministering to the gay community as the Gay Interfaith Coalition. In 1980 the group was renamed the Ecumenical Coordinating Council and in 1981 it became known as the Twin Cities Lesbian and Gay Interfaith Council. In 1983 the name was finalized as the Lesbian and Gay Interfaith Council of Minnesota. Its members included the Metropolitan Community Church, Evangelicals Concerned, Lesbian/Gay Interfaith Alliance, Lutherans Concerned, Presbyterians for Lesbian and Gay Concerns, and others. It is now defunct.

Finding Aid

A detailed finding aid is available online at the following web address.
http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/P2289.html

Location

The collection is located in the Minnesota Historical Society Library in St. Paul, Minnesota.
http://www.mnhs.org/library/

Index Terms

AffirmationEvangelicals ConcernedLutherans ConcernedLesbian and Gay Interfaith Council of MinnesotaPresbyterianUniversal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community ChurchesMinneapolis [MN]Gay 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 -- Christianity