Collection Info

Durham, Lewis

Span Dates: 1998

Volume: Oral history interview #98-028


This interview discusses religion, the homophile movement, GlideMemorial Church in the mid 1960s, and the formation of the Council on Religion and the Homosexual (CRH). The interview was conducted by Paul Gabriel.

Hist/Bio Note

Methodist minister Lewis E. Durham took the post of Glide Foundation program director in 1962. Durham oversaw the foundation’s transformation from a trust fund into a multidimensional social-service agency. Hiring talented young minsters, Glide Urban Center became one of the most active centers of radical religion in the country. Durham became the Dean of Students when the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality opened in 1974.

Finding Aid

A transcript of this oral history interview is at the following address.


This oral history interview is housed at the GLBT Historical Society of Northern California in San Francisco.

Index Terms

United Methodist Church (U.S.)CaliforniaSan Francisco [CA]MethodistChurch work with gays -- United StatesClergy -- Political ActivityGay liberation movement -- Religious aspectsGays -- Religious LifeGays -- United States -- History -- 20th Century -- SourcesCromey, Robert WarrenDurham, Lewis