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In All Things Charity

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In All Things Charity

Rev. Gregory R. Dell

United Methodist Church

Documents Relating to Same-Sex Couples

Audio Visual Materials

Digital Content



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Collection Overview

Title: In All Things Charity, 1996-2005

ID: RBSC/GS/002

Extent: 5.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The materials in this collection provide extensive documentation on the organization In All Things Charity and its work towards inclusiveness within the United Methodist Church as a result of the denomination’s stand on same-sex marriage. The primary focus of the collection is Reverend Gregory R. Dell, Pastor of the Broadway United Methodist Church of Chicago and a Director of In All Things Charity, and the United Methodist Church’s response to his officiating at a marriage ceremony for two of his male parishioners in September 1998.

The documents in this collection cover the period between 1996 and 2001, and are arranged into five series.

Series I contains information on In All Things Charity which Gregory Dell helped start, and served as its Director from July 1999 through June 2000. In addition to a brief history of this organization, there are by-laws, brochures, newsletters, correspondence, fund raising documents, response forms from both clergy and laity, and materials relating to In All Things Charity’s agenda for the 2000 General Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Rev. Gregory Dell is the subject of Series II. The majority of this collection focuses on the church trial of Dell which took place in March 1999, and includes transcripts of the trial proceedings as well as the appeal. Much of Gregory Dell’s correspondence and materials on his speaking engagements are related to his work with In All Things Charity. Also located in this series are photographs, articles and documents related to Fred Phelps anti-gay rally at Dell’s Broadway United Methodist Church on November 22, 1998.

Series III contains materials relating to the United Methodist Church. Included are documents on the future of Broadway United Methodist Church, Reverend Jimmy Creech, the “Sacramento 69,” the General Conference held in May 2000, and the denomination’s views on homosexuality.

Series IV is made up of five boxes of copies of newspaper, magazine and on-line articles relating to gay couples. They cover the period from the summer of 1996 to July 2000. Many of these articles relate to Rev. Dell and services which joined same-sex couples in marriage.

Series V contains a variety of audio and video tapes which primarily cover Rev. Gregory Dell and his trial. Also included are six “floppy discs” relating to In All Things Charity, and one on the AMAR (Affirmation, The Methodist Federation for Social Action, and the Reconciling Congregation Program) Coalition.

Series VI consists of digital content that was stored on three CDs related to IATC. Files on the disks include databases, templates, scanned letters of support, and emails.

Date Acquired: 02/16/2001

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Series I contains information on In All Things Charity. Rev. Gregory Dell is the subject of Series II. Series III contains materials relating to the United Methodist Church. Series IV is made up of five boxes of copies of newspaper, magazine and on-line articles relating to gay couples. Series V contains a variety of audio and video tapes which primarily cover Rev. Gregory Dell and his trial. Series VI consists of digital content that was stored on three CDs related to IATC.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: no restriction

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection were transferred to Northern Illinois University Libraries. Literary rights are dedicated to the public, however any copyrights so stated in the materials will continue in force.

Acquisition Source: Reverend Gregory R. Dell, Courtney Cosgrove, and Stephen Betzner


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series I: In All Things Charity],
[Series II: Rev. Gregory R. Dell],
[Series III: United Methodist Church],
[Series IV: Documents Relating to Same-Sex Couples],
[Series V: Audio Visual Materials],
[Series VI: Digital Content],
[All]

Series II: Rev. Gregory R. Dell
Box 2
Folder 13: Chicago Human Relations Award, and Horizons Community Services 1999 Human First Award, 26-Jan-00
Folder 14: Correspondence, 1997, 1999-2000
Box 3
Folder 1: Speaking Engagements, 1999
Folder 2: Speaking Engagements, January-February 2000
Folder 3: Speaking Engagements, March-June 2000
Box 4
Folder 1: Speaking Engagements, Mar-01
Folder 2: Speaking Engagements-Media/Articles, May 1999-February 2000, No Date
Folder 3: Speaking Correspondence and Thank You, February 1999-March 2000
Folder 4: Charges vs. Dell, October 1998-March 1999
Folder 5: Committee on Investigation, October 1998-February 1999
Folder 6: Proceedings against Rev. Gregory R. Dell (Volume I), March 25, 1999
Folder 7: Proceedings against Rev. Gregory R. Dell (Volume II), March 25, 1999
Folder 8: Proceedings against Rev. Gregory R. Dell (Volume III), March 25, 1999
Folder 9: Appeal of Rev. Gregory R. Dell, April-June 1999
Folder 10: Appeal of Rev. Gregory R. Dell, Jun-99
Folder 11: Appeal of Rev. Gregory R. Dell, June-September 1999
Box 5
Folder 1: Counsel, November 1998-March 1999
Folder 2: Defense Team/Defense Arguments, July 1998-March 1999
Folder 3: Bishop Sprague, Prosecution of Dell, Dec-98
Folder 4: Witnesses, Mar-99
Folder 5: Jury, Mar-99
Folder 6: Broadway Trial Committee, October 1998-March 1999
Folder 7: Trial Fundraising, October 1998-June 1999
Folder 8: Trial Support/Strategy of Support, February-March 1999
Folder 9: Letters of Support, Pre-Trial: Broadway UMC, October 1998-March 1999
Folder 10: Letters of Support, Pre-Trial: Children/Youth, October 1998, March 1999, No Date
Folder 11: Letters of Support, Pre-Trial: Chicago Area, October 1998-April 1999
Folder 12: Letters of Support, Pre-Trial: Northern Illinois Conference, October 1998-March 1999
Folder 13: Letters of Support, Pre-Trial: Other United Methodist Conferences, October 1998-March 1999
Box 6
Folder 1: Letters of Support, Pre-Trial: Out of Chicago Area, October 1998-March 1999
Folder 2: Letters of Support, Pre-Trial: Other Denominations, October 1998-March 1999
Folder 3: Letters of Support, Post-Trial:  Broadway UMC, March-April 1999
Folder 4: Letters of Support, Post-Trial:  Chicago, March-May 1999
Folder 5: Letters of Support, Post-Trial:  Northern Illinois Conference, March-June 1999
Folder 6: Letters of Support, Post-Trial:  National UMC, Other Conferences, March-May 1999
Folder 7: Letters of Support, Post-Trial:  Other Denominations, March-May 1999
Folder 8: Letters of Support, Post-Trial:  Other Letters, March 1999-April 2000
Folder 9: Anti-Dell Letters, April-December 1999
Folder 10: Trial Memorabilia, Mar-99
Folder 11: Verdict/Penalty, March-November 1999
Folder 12: Trial Reflections, February-August 1999
Folder 13: 4/26/1999
Folder 14: Trial Media Articles, October 1998-July 1999
Box 7
Folder 1: Dell Appeal, Media Articles, May-October 1999
Folder 2: Dell, Media Articles, January 1998-January 2001
Folder 3: Fred Phelps comes to Broadway United Methodist Church, (includes photographs), November 1998-May 1999
Folder 4: Photograph Album, Broadway United Methodist Church, Nov-98

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[Series VI: Digital Content],
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