Friday, September 5, 2008

Malcolm Johnson Oral History Released

The LGBT Religious Archives Network has posted an oral history interview with the Rev. Malcolm Johnson, one of the first openly gay clergy in the Church of England. Johnson played a critical role in the initiation of organizations that have been formative in the lives of LGBT Anglicans and clergy: The St. Katharine's Group (social group formed in 1968), the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (1976) and the Clergy Consultation (1976). In this interview Johnson relates his life journey beginning with childhood in World War II, his subsequent education and ministry training, and forty years of formal ministry through which was interwoven an extensive array of ministries with LGBT persons.

This interview is LGBT-RAN's first from outside the U.S.--indicative of LGBT-RAN's commitment to preserve history of a wide diversity of LGBT religious movements. The Johnson interview--like all eleven interviews currently in LGBT-RAN's Oral History Project--can be either read or listened to. If you are aware of existent oral history interviews that could be added to LGBT-RAN's online collection, contact Mark Bowman.

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