LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #61: June 30, 2008

This month's news:

  1. New Online Exhibition Tells Maranatha History
  2. Dr. Heather White REceives LGBT Religious History Award
  3. Advisory Committee Meets; Plans New CLGS Relationship
  4. Thanks for Financial Support
  5. Fellowships Offered for HIstorical Exhibitons

1.  New Online Exhibition Tells Maranatha History

Maranatha: Riversiders for LGBT Concerns has completed the first phase of an online exhibition relating its history.  Maranatha was formed in 1978 at the historic Riverside Church in New York City and was one of the first recognized LGBT ministries in a church in the U.S. The first two rooms of this exhibition portray some dealings with homosexuality at Riverside from the 1940s through the 1970s and then the formation of Maranatha in 1978. 

This exhibition is a collaborative venture of LGBT-RAN and Maranatha. It utilizes LGBT-RAN's unique software design that displays artifacts in digital form organized into "cases" and "rooms" as one would view in a museum exhibition.  This display was developed by Maranatha leaders Chad Gurley & Wilhelmina Perry and Riverside archivist Victor Jordan, with the assistance of other Maranatha members and friends, and was unveiled at Maranatha's 30th anniversary celebration this past weekend in New York.  The exhibition will be expanded in the coming months.

Maranatha is the first group to use LGBT-RAN's new database software that allows a group or individual to build the exhibition themselves--thereby reducing the expense of contracting for LGBT-RAN's technical services. If your group would like to explore creating an online exhibition on its history, contact Mark Bowman.

2.  Dr. Heather White REceives LGBT Religious History Award

Dr. Heather White was honored with the 2007-08 LGBT Religious History Award for her paper, "From Sin to Sickness: Pastoral Counseling and the Sex Variant, 1946-1963." White received this award at LGBT-RAN's 6th Anniversary Dinner on May 31st in Philadelphia. White is the third recipient of this award--the only scholarly recognition given for outstanding scholarship in LGBT religious history. You can read White's remarks about her research and receiving this award.

Scholars and students are encouraged to consider submitting a paper for the 2008-09 LGBT Religious History Award.  Here are the submission guidelines; deadline for receiving papers is October 18, 2008.

3.  Advisory Committee Meets; Plans New CLGS Relationship

LGBT-RAN's Advisory Committee held its annual meeting at Temple University in Philadelphia on May 31st. The primary topic of deliberation was the implementation of LGBT-RAN's  collaboration with the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (announced in the April newsletter). CLGS Deputy Director Bernard Schlager participated in the lively discussions that affirmed many opportunities for enhancing the work of LGBT-RAN and CLGS that this partnership offers. Yet Advisory Committee members expressed concerns that LGBT-RAN's unique mission in preserving LGBT religious history not be hindered by this new institutional sponsorship. Realizing that details of this partnership will be formulated through day-to-day experiences, the Advisory Committee agreed to meet in May 2009 at CLGS to review and evaluate the first year of this cooperative venture.

Advisory Committee members also expressed their deep appreciation to Chicago Theological Seminary for sponsoring LGBT-RAN in its formative years.

4.  Thanks for Financial Support

LGBT-RAN has received over $3,500 in gifts from 15 Friends and Partners over the past month. As a largely grass roots venture, LGBT-RAN is dependent upon these gifts to carry out its unique mission to preserve LGBT religious history and make this historical information easily and widely accessible. Your gift--of any amount--will be gratefully received and help ensure LGBT-RAN ground-breaking work. Click here to see how you can easily make a gift online with your credit card--or mail in a check.   

5.  Fellowships Offered for HIstorical Exhibitons

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at the City University of New York is offering two $2,500 fellowships to research and develop historical exhibits for its new project and web site. The application deadline is July 15, 2008, and projects are to be completed by March 1, 2009. Here are the Fellowship Guidelines.

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