Record – Newsletter

Fall 1997

For “the key to the next 30 years of gay America” writes The New Republic editor Andrew Sullivan, “keep your eye on the churches.” In an essay in The Advocate, the national gay and lesbian news magazine, Sullivan states: “No civil rights movement has ever succeeded in this country without the support of the churches. They provide the moral ballast and spiritual witness that raises a civil rights movement from being a footnote in interest-group politics to being a moral and human crusade. And this is particularly true of the gay civil rights movement. By far the most common reason people give to oppose Read more →

Summer 1997

Amid all the fundamentalist Ellenphobia, with its viciousness as well as adolescent jokes — like Jerry Falwell’s calling her “Ellen DeGenerate” — one sad but overlooked consequence to fundamentalism’s unpreparedness for homosexuality even within its own community is the fact that the father of actress Anne Heche, Ellen DeGeneres’s girlfriend, was a fundamentalist minister who admitted to a gay double life before he died of AIDS. Read more →

Summer 1997

Amid all the fundamentalist Ellenphobia, with its viciousness as well as adolescent jokes — like Jerry Falwell’s calling her “Ellen DeGenerate” — one sad but overlooked consequence to fundamentalism’s unpreparedness for homosexuality even within its own community is the fact that the father of actress Anne Heche, Ellen DeGeneres’s girlfriend, was a fundamentalist minister who admitted to a gay double life before he died of AIDS. Read more →

Spring 1997

Edman Chapel at Wheaton College is named for V. Raymond Edman, the evangelical college’s president from 1940 to 1965. His lesbian granddaughter, Liz Edman, is interviewed in the January issue of the newsletter of the Wheaton College Gay and Lesbian Alumni/ae Association. Liz Edman, a seminary graduate, Read more →

Spring 1997

Edman Chapel at Wheaton College is named for V. Raymond Edman, the evangelical college’s president from 1940 to 1965. His lesbian granddaughter, Liz Edman, is interviewed in the January issue of the newsletter of the Wheaton College Gay and Lesbian Alumni/ae Association. Liz Edman, a seminary graduate, has worked for four years as a chaplain in an inner city AIDS program and is currently working in administration at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The article features a wedding photo of her and her life partner, together with both of their fathers. Says Edman: “I think ‘evangelical’ is kind of a dirty word in the gay community and a dirty word to most people who lean left of center. And I just think it’s a good thing for people who know something of evangelical faith to kind of reclaim the concept. It doesn’t need to be something that is only owned by right wing people who want to put all queer people in concentration camps.” Read more →

Winter 1997

In memoriam to theologian/psychol-ogist Henri Nouwen who died in September, the popular evangelical magazine, Christianity Today, devoted all of its November 11th “Reflections” page to excerpts from his works. CT states that this beloved Catholic writer “left behind a wealth of insights that have brought encouragement and ministered to thousands.” Read more →

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