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Guide to the Position Papers for the Committee to Study Homosexuality

Prepared by Jean Yrigoyen, Assistant Archivist and L. Dale Patterson, Archivist

United Methodist Archives and History Center
General Commission on Archives and History, Madison, New Jersey


Overview of Records

Record Creator: United Methodist Church (U.S.). Committee to Study Homosexuality
Title: Position Papers for the Committee to Study Homosexuality
Date Span: 1980-1992
Abstract: The General Conference in 1988 established the Committee to Study Homosexuality. It returned a report in 1992 to the General Conference. The records here are various study papers and position documents used by the Committee.
Quantity: 0.36 cubic feet
Resource ID: gcah.rg.3956

History Note

In 1988 a resolution to the General Conference recommended the establishment of a study committee for gay and lesbian issues. The resolution was amended at General Conference to charge the General Council on Ministries to create a Committee to Study Homosexuality. The purpose of the committee was to study homosexuality as a subject for theological and ethical analysis; to seek the biological, psychological, and sociological information and opinion on the nature of homosexuality, and to explore the implication of its study for the Social Principles. The Committee presented a report to the 1996 General Conference.

Scope Note

These study papers on various topics related to religion and homosexuality were collected by the Committee to Study Homosexuality. There are no minutes of the committee or other administrative records.

Preferred Citation

When citing material from this collection please use the following format: Direct reference to the item or its file folder, Committee to Study Homosexuality, United Methodist Church Archives - GCAH, Madison, New Jersey. Do not make use of the items' call number as that is not a stable descriptor.

Access Restrictions

Denominational agency journals, reports and committee minutes are open to the public unless they have been closed in accordance with requirements specified in the Discipline. Denominational agency staff office records are closed for twenty-five (25) years after creation. Personnel records are closed for at least 75 years. Appeals can be made to the General Commission on Archives and History, P. O. Box 127, Madison, NJ 07940.

Restrictions on Use

Detailed use restrictions relating to our collections can be requested from the office of the archivist at the General Commission on Archives and History. Photocopying is handled by the staff and may be limited in certain instances. Before using any material for publication from this collection a formal request for permission to publish is expected and required.

Subject Terms

Subject Names - Corporate
United Methodist Church (U.S.). General Conference
Subject Topics
Church and social problems
Church discipline
Church work with gays
Theology -Study and teaching.
Study commissions.

Container List

Call Number Folder Title Date(s)
1336-2-7: 1 Study Papers: by Alexander, Dennis J. 1991
1336-2-7: 2 Study Papers: by Beltran, Rodolfo C. 1990
1336-2-7: 3 Study Papers: by Bird, Phyllis 1990
1336-2-7: 4 Study Papers: by Cahill, Lisa Sowle 1980-1985
1336-2-7: 5 Study Papers: by Davaney, Sheila Greeve Undated
1336-2-7: 6 Study Papers: Articles Printed in the "Journal of Counseling and Development" submitted by Diaz, David 1989
1336-2-7: 7 Study Papers: by Furnish, Victor Paul 1990-1992
1336-2-7: 8 Study Papers: by Geis, Sally B. 1990
1336-2-7: 9 Study Papers: by Green, Richard, M.D. 1985-1987
1336-2-7: 10 Study Papers: by Greenberg, David F. 1982-1986
1336-2-7: 11 Study Papers: by Hays, Richard B. 1986-1990
1336-2-7: 12 Study Papers: by Holsinger, James W., Jr., M.D. 1991
1336-2-7: 13 Study Papers: by Isay, Richard A., M.D. 1989
1336-2-7: 14 Study Papers: by Julian, Rachel A. 1992
1336-2-7: 15 Study Papers: by Lux, William E. 1991
1336-2-7: 16 Study Papers: by Money, John 1987-1992
1336-2-7: 17 Study Papers: by Mott, Stephen Charles 1992
1336-2-7: 18 Study Papers: by Parker, Rebecca 1991-1992
1336-2-7: 19 Study Papers: by Sample, Tex 1991
1336-2-7: 20 Study Papers: by Schwartz, Pepper 1988
1336-2-7: 21 Study Papers: by Seamands, David A. 1985-1991
1336-2-7: 22 Study Papers: by Siegel, Elaine V. 1984-1986
1336-2-7: 23 Study Papers: by Webster, Claudia L. 1990
1336-2-7: 24 Study Papers: by Wogaman, J. Philip 1992