Collection of materials related to the groundbreaking convention held by the Protestant Episcopal Church in 1976 supporting legal rights for homosexuals, housed in two binders, approximately 200 leaves total, many printed recto only, some printed recto and verso, including photocopies of news clippings on topics including surrogacy, teen pregnancy, women in the church, discrimination, gay rights, adoption, employment, and Anita Bryant's anti-gay drive; a 3-pp. document titled "The Joint Commission on the Church in Human Affairs", stamped July 20 1976; a single page "House of Bishops/Episcopal Church Resolution on Homophiles", from a meeting held in Portland, Maine in September 1975; a 36-pp. typed document "Report of the Committee on Human Sexuality" from December 1976, which includes a cover letter to the Diocesan Council of Pennsylvania, an essay on the psychiatric theories of homosexuality, a section on theological and moral issues, and an appendix containing a proposal for a pastoral ministry; and an unpaginated group of documents collectively titled "The Report of the Screening Task Force of the Commission on Ministry, Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, November 1976" comprised of Scriptural, Pyschological, and Sociological Perspectives, bibliography, and appendices including a report from 1973 containing recommendations of the Commision on Homosexuality, a Kinsey Scale, and an essay titled "A Theological Approach to Understanding Homosexuality". Scattered illustrations in the newspaper photocopies. 4to. Loose as issued, hole-punched and housed in two three-ring binders. n.p. (Cincinnati, Ohio) 1976-1977.
In 1976 the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America (PECUSA) held a groundbreaking convention that supported legal rights for homosexuals, as well as their right to have relationships. Specifically, resolution A-69 stated "homosexual persons are children of God who have a full and equal claim with all other persons upon the love, acceptance, and pastoral concern and care of the Church". PECUSA also passed resolution A-68 which stated that the church must "engage in serious study and dialogue in the area of human sexuality including homosexuality". It is probable that the materials comprising these two binders were used by a diocese in Ohio as part of the directive of resolution A-68. PECUSA's evolving views on LGBTQ rights were incredibly important and pioneering at the time. Book ID: 48922