In All Things Charity, 1996-2005
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Brief Description: 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.
Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: RHCUA [at] niu.edu
Record Series Number: RBSC/GS/002
Volume: 5.5 Linear Feet
Acquired: 02/16/2001.
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.

Access Restrictions: no restriction
Rights/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 Notes: Reverend Gregory R. Dell, Courtney Cosgrove, and Stephen Betzner