LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #66: March 19, 2009

This month's news:

  1. Jane Shaw to Speak at May 2 Dinner
  2. Profiles & Collection Added to Web Site
  3. 2009-10 LGBT Religious History Award
  4. Guide to Preserving Historical Records

1.  Jane Shaw to Speak at May 2 Dinner

The Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, Dean of Divinity at New College Oxford, will be the featured speaker at LGBT-RAN's 7th Anniversary Dinner on Saturday, May 2nd, at 6:30 p.m. at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. Dr. Shaw will speak on "Homosexuality and Millenarianism in Early 20th Century England and America." She is a visiting professor in the History Department at the University of California at Berkeley this spring and working on a research project which she will discuss.

LGBT-RAN's 7th Anniversary dinner and program will be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the LGBT-RAN Advisory Committee. The program that evening will also include a report on recent developments in LGBT-RAN's historical preservation work by LGBT-RAN Coordinator Mark Bowman as well as news from the Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry.

You will find details on the program and location at this link. RSVP requested by Monday, April 27, 2009 to A $15 donation to cover the cost of the dinner is suggested.  Contact with any questions.

2.  Profiles & Collection Added to Web Site

These new biographical sketches were added to the Profiles Gallery in recent weeks:

Charlie Arehart, long-time MCC pastor;
John Burnside, co-founder of Radical Faeries;
Clay Colwell, UCC pastor with Council on Religion and the Homosexual in 1960s; and
James Schexnayder, leader of Catholic Association of Lesbian and Gay Ministries.

This new posting was added to the Collections Catalog:

Rev. Charles Arehart Papers.

LGBT-RAN depends upon the assistance of countless volunteers to gather information about existing archival collections of LGBT religious history as well as biographical sketches of leaders of LGBT religious movements.  You can assist in this effort by contacting

3.  2009-10 LGBT Religious History Award

After three years of honoring outstanding research and writing on LGBT religious history with the LGBT-RAN Religious History Award, the jury decided not to award a paper submitted in 2008-09.  However, scholars and researchers are now invited to submit a paper for the 2009-10 award.  Deadline for submissions is October 16, 2009.  You can find guidelines and complete information about the award here

4.  Guide to Preserving Historical Records

LGBT-RAN is often asked "how do we start preserving our group's records--or my personal papers?" LGBT-RAN does provide a free resource paper, "Guide to Preserving Historical Records," that includes much helpful information.  Contents include: a) how to identify your historical documents; b) organizing your records and papers before donation; and c) evaluating and selecting a repository. You can download and print out this 15-page paper here. In addition, LGBT-RAN can provide some archival consultation about your particular situation.  Contact with your questions.

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