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Guide to the Jimmy Creech Papers, 1972-2014

Summary

James (Jimmy) Edward Creech (1944-) is a former United Methodist minister and activist. Creech was an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church from 1970 to 1999, serving as a minister in North Carolina and Omaha, Nebraska, and as the North Carolina Council of Churches’ liaison with the North Carolina General Assembly. An outspoken advocate for gay rights, Creech performed dozens of holy union ceremonies as a pastor in the 1990s. The United Methodist Church passed legislation prohibiting such unions in 1996. In 1999, The United Methodist Church revoked his credentials of ordination following two church trials for defying this prohibition by conducting covenant ceremonies for two same-sex couples in 1997 and 1999. Since his defrocking, Creech has continued his work as an LGBTQ rights-activist, traveling across the country to push for civil and human rights for members of the LBGTQ community. The collection includes printed material, documentation of the church trials, and Creech's writings, including the original unedited manuscript of his memoir, Adam's Gift, initially entitled, The Church on Trial.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11114
Title
Jimmy Creech papers
Date
1972-2014 and undated
Extent
16.5 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Organized into three series, Church Life, Activist Work, and Writings, the Jimmy Creech papers (12,375 items) contain correspondence, notes, research files, printed material, ephemera, clippings and articles, and audio recordings from Creech's time as a United Methodist minister and LGBT rights activist. The papers span 1981-2014, with a bulk of the collection covering the 1990s during which time he was a United Methodist minister in North Carolina, the Program Associate for the North Carolina Council of Churches, and eventually became the senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Omaha, Nebraska. A bulk of the Church Life series covers the two church trials brought against Creech in 1998 and 1999 by The United Methodist Church for his conducting covenant ceremonies for same-sex couples. Much of this series consists of correspondence received by Creech from his supporters and opponents during these trials. The Activist Work series holds files from Creech's advocacy for civil and human rights, especially for members of the LGBT community. Activist Work series documents Creech’s speaking engagements and attendance at conferences across the country in support of LGBT rights. This series also contains files from Creech's work against the death penalty, including correspondence with death row inmates in the 1990s. A part of the Activist Work series, The RRNGLE (Raleigh Religious Network for Gay and Lesbian Equality) subseries contains materials created and given to Creech by RRNGLE member Patricia Long. Creech was co-founder and chairperson of RRNGLE, an ecumenical group designed to publicly challenge religious antigay rhetoric. Long’s files include interviews with RRNGLE members and documents pertaining to her efforts to publish a book on the organization. Original audiovisual material and electronic records are also included in the collection.

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Arrangement

Arranged into series: Church Life, Activist Work, and Writings. Arrangement and folder titles generated by creator.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Jimmy Creech Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Church Life

The Church Life series documents Creech's work as a United Methodist minister in North Carolina and Omaha, Nebraska. The series contains papers beginning in 1981 from Creech's time at Warsaw United Methodist Church in Warsaw, NC through his defrocking in 1999. The bulk of the series comprises correspondence with parishioners and church officials, media coverage of his time as pastor including his sometimes controversial support of gay rights issues, church newsletters, and printed material. The First Trial and Second Trial subseries document the two church trials held in Nebraska that eventually led to Creech's defrocking in 1999.

Board of Ministry, UMC, North Carolina, 1972-1973
Box 1
Warsaw United Methodist Church Newsletters, 1981-1987
Box 1
Correspondence, 1986-1993
(1 folder)
Box 1
Fairmont UMC, 1988-1990
Box 1
Fairmont Focus (newsletter), 1988-1990
Box 1
"Fairmont and Jimmy Creech", 1996
Box 1
Fairmont UMC Clippings, 1988-1990
Box 1
"The Controversy", 1988-1989

Folder contains documents about Creech's decision to march in a gay pride parade. The backlash from this decision eventually led to his not being reappointed as minister at Fairmont UMC.

Box 1
Leave of Absence, 1990
Box 1
Letters of support to Creech following leave of absence, 1990-1992
(6 folders)
Box 1
Creech Support Fund, 1990
(2 folders)
Box 1
Non-Supportive letters to Creech, 1990
Box 1
North Carolina Council of Churches, 1992
Box 1
Correspondence, 1991-1996
Box 1
North Carolina Council of Churches, 1990-1996
Box 1
Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, undated
Box 1
Fairmont UMC Staff-Parish Relations Committee, undated
Box 1
First United Methodist Church Omaha Appointment, 1996
Box 1
First United Methodist Church Omaha History, undated
Box 1
First United Methodist Church Omaha 1997 Finances, 1997
Box 1
Sermons at First United Methodist Church Omaha, 1997
Box 1
All Church Conference FUMC, 1997
Box 1
Recordings of All Church Conference, 1997
All Church Conference tape 1, 1997
Box 13
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0029
All Church Conference tape 2, 1997
Box 13
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0025
All Church Conference tape 4, 1997
Box 13
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0027
All Church Conference Tape #1 side A, 1997
Box 11
Audio-cd RL-11114-CD-0001
All Church Conference Tape #1 side B, 1997
Box 11
Audio-cd RL-11114-CD-0002
All Church Conference tape 3, 1997
Box 12
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0015
All Church Conference Tape #2 side A, 1997
Box 11
Audio-cd RL-11114-CD-0003
All Church Conference Tape #2 side B, 1997
Box 11
Audio-cd RL-11114-CD-0004
All Church Conference Tape #3 side A, 1997
Box 11
Audio-cd RL-11114-CD-0005
All Church Conference Tape #3 side B, 1997
Box 11
Audio-cd RL-11114-CD-0006
All Church Conference Tape #4 side A & B, 1997
Box 11
Audio-cd RL-11114-CD-0007
First United Methodist Church Omaha responses and correspondence following holy union ceremony, 1997
Box 1
Leave of Absence from First United Methodist Church Omaha, 1998
Box 1
Presbyterian Church USA Reports to the General Assembly, 1991
Box 1
UM Retreat Ecumenism and Homosexuality, 1995
Box 2

First Trial

The First Trial subseries documents the trial held against Creech by The United Methodist Church in March, 1998. Creech was charged with violating the Order and Discipline of The United Methodist Church for celebrating a covenant ceremony for two women in Omaha, Nebraska in September, 1997. Subseries comprises correspondence, trial transcripts, clippings, and Creech's notes on the trial proceedings. Contains correspondence with Nebraska Bishop Joel Martinez and Creech's advisors, including his wife, Chris Weedy. Subseries contains defense team correspondence and notes. A bulk of the subseries contains positive letters of support Creech received during the trial as well as negative letters condemning his actions

Jury Selection Transcript
Box 2
Trial Proceedings Transcript
(2 folders)
Box 2
Committee of investigation hearing and trial transcripts
Box 2
Bill Jenks, 1998
(2 folders)
Box 2
Pre-trial correspondence, 1997
Box 2
Pre-trial reaction, undated
Box 2
Pre-trial correspondence, 1998-2001
Box 2
Correspondence post-acquittal, 1998
Box 2
Judicial Process, 1997-1998
(2 folders)
Box 2
Supporting the Vision scrapbook, 1997-1998
Box 2
Scrapbook from FUMC Supporting the Vision, 1997
Box 2
Scrapbook from FUMC correspondence with Bishop Martinez, undated
(1 folder)
Box 2
Scrapbook from FUMC, 1996-1998
(5 folders)
Box 2
"And God Will Raise You Up?" messages of support for Jimmy Creech from the Methodist Federation for Social Action, undated
Box 2
Administrative and Judicial Procedures Handbook, undated
Box 2
Complaint Response Package, undated
Box 2
Defense Team Memoranda and Communiques, undated
Box 2
Defense Team Notes and Correspondence, 1997-1998
Box 2
Trial Information for First United Methodist Church Omaha Members, undated
Box 2
Media Information from the Reconciling Congregation Program, undated
Box 2
Reaction to Trial #1, undated
Box 2
Response to the Judicial Charge by Jimmy Creech, 1998
Box 2
Supporting the Vision: First United Methodist Church, Omaha, NE, undated
(2 folders)
Box 2
Chris Weedy's notes and correspondence, 1997-1998
(2 folders)
Box 3
First United Methodist Church Omaha- Post Trial #1
Box 3
Newsletters, undated
Box 3
Oversize-folder 1
In Search of Unity, undated
Box 3
Council of Bishops Lincoln, NE, 1998
Box 3
Community Rally, First United Methodist Church Omaha, April 19th, 1998
Box 3
Post FUMC- Pre-Trial #2, undated
Box 3
Re: Not to Be Reappointed at First United Methodist Church Omaha, undated
Box 3
Jeules material, undated
Box 3
Suspension, 1997-1998
Box 3
PFLAG, 1997-1998
Box 3
CORNET (Covenant Relationships Network), undated
Box 3
Kathy Russell Consultations, 1997
Box 3
MCC Support, undated
Box 3
Dumbarton UMC, Holy Unions, undated
Box 3
Response to Judicial Charge, undated
Box 3
Social Principles of UMC, 1996
Box 3
In all Things Charity, undated
Box 3
Confessing Movement, undated
(3 folders)
Box 3
Open Letter to Bishops, 1998
Box 3
UM Bishops, 1998
Box 3
Reaction to trial #1, undated
Box 3
Letters to Bishop Martinez in support of Creech, 1997-1998
(2 folders)
Box 3
Letters to Bishop Martinez, Joanie Zetterman, 1997
Box 3
Letters in support of Creech to Chris Weedy, 1997-1998
Box 3
Letters of support to Creech from church groups, 1997-1998
Box 3
Miscellaneous correspondence re: trial, 1997-1999
Box 3
Correspondence with Bob and Betty Dorr, 1997
Box 3
Letters of support to Creech, 1997-1998
(3 folders)
Box 3
Letters of support to Creech, 1997-1998
(18 folders)
Box 4
Letters of support to Creech, 1998
Oversize-folder 1
Letters of support to Creech, 1997-2002 and undated
(3 folders)
Box 5
Non-supportive letters to Creech, 1997-1998
(6 folders)
Box 5
The Gateway newsletter, undated
Box 5
Media Coverage, 1996-1998
(6 folders)
Box 5

Second Trial

The Second Trial subseries contains Creech's documentation from his second trial held by The United Methodist Church on the charge of violating the Order and Discipline of The United Methodist Church for celebrating a holy union for two men in April 1999. The Second Trial subseries contains defense strategies, correspondence from the trial, clippings and other media coverage of the 1999 trial.

Defense Strategies
(1 folder)
Box 5
Grand Island, Nebraska

Creech's second trial was held in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Box 5
Soulforce re:trials, undated
Box 5
Trial Correspondence, 1999
Box 5
Trial Drama, 1999
Box 5
Defense fund, 1999
Box 5
Reaction-trial #2, 1999
Box 5
Support letters from Vigil Binkley Baptist Church, 1999 November 11
Box 5
Affirmation, undated
Box 5
Response to James Creech ruling re: constitutionality of Holy Unions, 1999
Box 5
Judicial process #2, 1999
Box 5
Letters of support to Creech, 1999-2000
Box 5
Holy Union, Jim and Larry, 1999
(1 folder)
Box 5
Media coverage, 1999
Box 5
Articles re: Talk in Newton, 1999
Box 5
Media coverage, 2000-2001
(2 folders)
Box 5
Clippings, 1990-2001
Box 5

Recorded Sermons

Subseries contains audiocasette recordings of select sermons given by Creech from 1997 to 1999.

The Lie of Violence, the Truth of Love, 1997
Box 12
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0013
Disorderly Conduct, Mark 3:20-35, 1997
Box 12
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0014
One life together, John 6:24-35, 1997
Box 12
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0015
The Empty Tomb, Easter Sunday, 1997
Box 12
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0017
Gifts of Grace, Mark 6:14-29, 1997
Box 13
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0018
Share Bread with the Hungry, Matthew 25:31-46, 1997
Box 13
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0019
Pentecost: Power, Unity, and Vision, John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15, 1997
Box 13
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0020
Be Doers of the World, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, 1997
Box 13
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0021
Vision: New Wineskin for New Wine, 1997
Box 13
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0022
The Spirit of Giving, Mark 10:17-31
Box 13
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0023
Embody the Faith, John 20:19-31, 1997
Box 13
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0024
Sign of the Rainbow, 1998
Box 13
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0026
Easter Sunday When the Future Opened, 1998
Box 13
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0028
Pride Sunday, 1999
Box 13
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0030

2. Activist Work

The Activist Work series contains printed material, correspondence, documents concerning travel engagements, and media coverage of Creech’s efforts as an activist during his time as an ordained minister and following the removal of his credentials of ordination. Series contains two subseries, Engagements and RRNGLE (Raleigh Religious Network for Gay and Lesbian Equality). Series comprises Creech’s original files which tend to be both subject files as well his personal files about the organizations and projects he worked with. The series covers his advocacy for LGBT rights, primarily marriage equality and making faith communities welcoming to LGBT-identified congregants. Files contain his work to found and guide several organizations to support LGBT people of faith, namely Faith in America and Soulforce. Also included is correspondence with other religious LGBT activists, articles and clippings, and printed material. Series contains files related to his work against the death penalty. Creech had pastoral relationships with death row inmates in North Carolina.

God in the Shadow of Death, undated
Box 6
The migrant work camp, undated
Box 6
Orlando, FLA/SBC, 2000 June 13-16
Box 6
Karen Damman's Trial Seattle, WA, 2004 March 15-19
Box 6
New Tactics in Human Rights Project International/Symposium, September 29 - October 3, 1999
Box 6
Statement Re. Public Safety Death Penalty, undated
Box 6
Greenville, SC, undated
Box 6
Hickory / Taylorsville, undated
Box 6
Death penalty vigils, undated
Box 6
Phillip Ingle, 1995
Box 6
Ames, Iowa, undated
Box 6
Ted Haggard, undated
Box 6
Methodist Foundation for Social Action (MFSA ) - National support, undated
Box 6
Laity group / opposition, undated
Box 6
David Lawson, 1994-1997
Box 6
Email Correspondence, 1997
Box 6
Correspondence with Susan Davies, 1996 Spring
Box 6
Fred Phelps, undated
Box 6
Miscellaneous communications, undated
Box 6
Soulforce interview with Mel White, 1998 February
Box 6
Judicial Council Decision, undated
Box 6
Faith in America, undated
Box 6
Faith in America - Talking Points, undated
Box 6
Thinking it Through, undated
Box 6
Media Coverage, after 2000
Box 6
Sacramento 68, 1999

The Sacramento 68 referes to 68 Methodist clergy members who were accused of violating the order and discipline of the United Methodist Church by participating in a same-sex union service for two women in Sacramento, California on January, 16 1999.

Box 6
"Why We Officiated at a Service of Holy Union", 1999
(1 folder)
Box 6
Greg Dell's Trial, 1999
(1 folder)
Box 6
Dell, Greg, 1999
Box 6
With Love newletters, 1998-2003
Box 6
Bread articles, undated

"Bread" newsletter published by First United Methodist Church Omaha

Box 6
Clifton United Methodist Church, Cincinnati, OH, 1999 May 11
Box 6
Press coverage and correspondence with journalists, 1998-2000
Box 6
Human Rights Campaign - Religion Report, 1998
Box 6
General Conference of the United Methodist Church, 2000
Box 6
NC Marriage Amendment, 2004-2011
Box 6
Soulforce at General Conference, 2000
Box 6
Committee on Investigation for Clergy members, California/Nevada Annual Conference, undated
Box 7
Reverend Irene Monroe, 2000
Box 7
NCARRV: North Carolinians Against Racist and Religious Violence, 1990
Box 7
Printed materials, 2000-2011
Box 7
Newspaper articles, 2012-2014
Box 7

Engagements

Engagements subseries contains notes, ephemera, printed material, and correspondence from Creech's speaking engagements at churches, conferences, colleges, and universities around the country from 1996 to 2014.

Notes for Talks, 1998-2014
Box 7
Paul Green Award, 1996-1997
Box 7
Riverside Church, 1998 June
Box 7
Metropolitan Community Church San Francisco, 1998 September
Box 7
Monday Chib (?), NY and Parkslope UMC, 1998 October
Box 7
California Methodist Federation for Social Action Retreat, San Rafael, 1998 November
Box 7
Allegheny College, 1998
Box 7
West Hollywood Presbyterian Church, 1998 November
Box 7
University Temple UMC, 1999 January 17
Box 7
Hickory, NC, 1999
Box 7
Celebration in Spirit San Jose, 1999 June 12
Box 7
Los Gatos UMC, 1999 June 03
Box 7
Princeton University, 1999 April 25
Box 7
PFLAG Conference, Chicago, 1999 June 05
Box 7
MFSA Banquet, Baltimore - Washington Conference. Washington DC, 1999 June 10
Box 7
PFLAG Conference, Chattanooga, 1999 September 18
Box 7
Lynchburg, VA, 1999 October 22-24
Box 7
Penn State U, 1999 October 2-5
Box 7
Sharing our Rainbow Light IV, Washington DC, 1999 November 11
Box 7
Harrisburg, 2000 January 15-18
Box 7
Morningside College, 2000 February
Box 7
N. Raleigh UC, 2000 March 5
Box 7
Greensboro College, 2000 March 15
Box 7
St. Jude's MCC Wilmington, NC., 2000 April 23
Box 7
Christ Covenant, 1999 February
Box 7
Common Pain, Common Hope - Chicago, Marelizo, 1999 March 19
Box 7
Phoenix/Tucson, 1999 March 20-22
Box 7
Religious Roundtable Colorado Springs, 1999 April 23-25
Box 7
Peace w/ Justice Week Henderson, Kentucky, 1999 October 15-17
Box 7
All God's Children Conference Roanoke, VA, 1999 November 5
Box 7
Omaha, March 6-7, 2000
Box 7
National PFLAG Conference, April 28-29, 2000
Box 7
Chicago Temple UMC, 2000 May 21
Box 7
Omaha, NE, 2000 September 8-10
Box 7
Jesus MCC, Indianapolis, 2000 September 16-18
Box 7
Metropolitan Community Church Los Angeles Fundraiser, 2000 October 7
Box 7
Monadock Summer Lyceum, 2000 July 30
Box 7
GLAD MCC Conference, 1999 November 19-21
Box 7
Texas, 2000 February 4-8
Box 7
Opening Doors, Yale U, 2000 February 25
Box 7
Soulforce in Denver, 2000 July 4
Box 7
Community Church of CH, 2000 June 11
Box 7
Millennium March and PFLAG, 2000 April 28-30
Box 7
Cathedral of Hope Dallas/TX, 1999 April 10-11
Box 7
King of Peace Metropolitan Community Church St. Petersburg, Florida, 2000 July 16
Box 7
WOW Conference, Delzab, IL, 2000 July 3-6
Box 7
Solidarity Sunday, 2000 October 8
Box 7
Wesley UMC, Fresno, CA, 2000 October 15
Box 7
Third Annual Prayer Gathering for Truth, Courage, and Justice, 2000 September 16-18
Box 7
Santa Cruz, CA, 2001 February 3-5
Box 7
PRP Conference, Washington DC, 2001 April 4-6
Box 7
PFLAG, Greenville, SC, 2001 November 30
Box 7
Pacific School of Religion, April 19-20, 2001
Box 7
Presbyterian General Convention, 2001 June 9
Box 7
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Church-wide Assembly, Indianapolis, IN, 2001 August 10-14
Box 7
Austin, TX, 2002
Box 7
Dallas HRC, 2004 September 17-19
Box 7
FUMC, Boulder, CO, 2005 March 3-6
Box 7
Liberty Education Forum National Symposium, 2005 April 1
Box 7
Soulforce NYC, 2005 April 21-24
(1 folder)
Box 7
eQuality giving meeting Dallas, TX, 2009 May 15-17
Box 7
Frank Porter Graham Award ACLU-NC, undated
Box 7
FUMC, Omaha, NE, 2005 September 15-18
Box 7
Institute of Politics, Cambridge, MA, 2004 October 20
Box 7
OutFront Conference and Country Club Congregational UCC Kansas City, MO, 2007 February 10-11
Box 7
Church of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ Albuquerque, NM, 2006 February 11-13
(1 folder)
Box 7
Southern Baptist Convention, St. Louis, 2002 June 8-12
Box 7
Calendar, 2011
Box 7
Syracuse University, NY, 2011 April 7-9
Box 7
Trinity UMC, Austin, TX, 2011 May 6-9
Box 7
IDAHO, Paris, France, 2011 May 17-23
Box 7
The Normal Heart NYC, 2011 May 23-25
Box 7
California, 2001 June 10-20
Box 7
University of Illinois of Springfield, 2011 October 4-6
Box 7
Nebraska, 2011 October 11-16
Box 8
Birmingham, Alabama, 2011 October 26-27
Box 8
Foundry, UMC, Washington, DC, 2011 September 23-26
Box 8
Upstate Pride and Unitarian Universalist Church, Spartanburg, SC, 2011 June 4-5
(1 folder)
Box 8
Northaven UMC, Dallas, TX, 2011 November 1-2
Box 8
Salt Lake City, Utah, 2011 November 4-6
Box 8
UUF/Peace UCC, Clemson, SC, 2012 January 29
Box 8
Colgate Rochester Croger Divinity School, 2012 February 21
Box 8
Boston University, 2012 March 6-7
Box 8
Little Rock, AR, 2012 September 21-23
Box 8
Columbia, SC, 2012 October 19-21
Box 8
Rehoboth Beach, DE, 2012 November 16-18
Box 8
New Dimensions, Acton, Massachusetts, 2012 October 12-13
Box 8
Miscellaneous printed material
Box 8
Open Door Metropolitan Community Church Sunday Worship Service with Jimmy Creech, 2000
Box 10
Video-cassette RL-11114-VHS-0001
Larry King Live, 2000
Box 10
Video-cassette RL-11114-VHS-0002
Amanda Lamb WRAL-TV, Interview with Larry Ellis and Jim, 1999
Box 10
Video-cassette RL-11114-VHS-0003
A Union in Wait
Box 10
Video-cassette RL-11114-VHS-0004
Omaha TV, 1999
Box 10
Video-cassette RL-11114-VHS-0005
Jimmy Creech
Box 10
Video-cassette RL-11114-VHS-0006
In My Father's Church
Box 10
Video-cassette RL-11114-VHS-0007
Jimmy Creech at the Church of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ
Box 11
Dvd RL-11114-DVD-00003
"Coming Home for the First Time," Metropolitan Community Church Los Angeles
Box 11
Dvd RL-11114-DVD-0002
FUMC Omaha RMN 10th Anniversary
Box 11
Dvd RL-11114-DVD-00001

RRNGLE

Raleigh Religious Network for Gay and Lesbian Equality (RRNGLE) subseries contains files given to Creech by member Patricia Long. Files include organizational history and meeting minutes, printed material, and correspondence. Contains correspondence from Long's attempt to publish a book about the organization.

Audio tapes with interviews of RRNGLE members also provided by Patricia Long.

Conference Planning: Hotel, undated
Box 8
Grant Proposal SECLGM, undated
Box 8
RRNGLE Resources, undated
Box 8
Evaluations, 1988-1993
Box 8
Registrations, 1991-1992, 1998
Box 8
Fundraising Materials, undated
Box 8
Letters with Contributions, undated
Box 8
Miscellaneous Notes, undated
Box 8
RRNGLE Organizational History, undated
Box 8
RRNGLE Conference, 1994
Box 8
RRNGLE Correspondence, undated
Box 8
RRNGLE Notes, Miscellaneous, undated
Box 8
New N.C. Networks, undated
Box 8
RRNGLE Outreach, undated
Box 8
Meeting Notes, 1989 July - 1992 February
Box 8
Other Great Proposals, Grant Information, undated
Box 8
Speeches, Workshops, undated
Box 8
Resource Guide, undated
Box 8
Bibliography, undated
Box 8
Outreach Coordination, undated
Box 8
Gays, Lesbians, and Religious Communities, undated
Box 8
Media Reactions and Responses, undated
Box 8
Personal Stories, Nelson, 1991
Box 8
Jimmy Creech, undated
Box 8
Report: Originals and Extras, undated
Box 8
Memoranda and Meeting Minutes, undated
Box 8
Publishers, Correspondence, undated
Box 8
Outline, undated
Box 8
Hearings and Formation of RRNGLE, undated
Box 8
"My First RRNGLE Meeting", undated
Box 8
Heroes/Mentors, undated
Box 8
Husted House, undated
Box 8
Community UCC, undated
Box 8
Outreach, Events, undated
Box 8
Other Groups, undated
Box 8
RRNGLE as Ecumenical, undated
Box 8
RRNGLE as Community, undated
Box 8
Future Outreach, undated
Box 8
Particular Denominations, undated
Box 8
Race, undated
Box 8
Being Out, undated
Box 8
Empowering Risk Taking, undated
Box 8
Why Religious, undated
Box 8
Other Peace and Justice Issues, undated
Box 8
Retreats, "Foolies," Picnics, Party, undated
Box 8
Breakfast Meetings, undated
Box 8
Speeches and Workshops, undated
Box 8
Duke, undated
Box 8
RRNGLE Conferences, General, undated
Box 8
Pride Marches, undated
Box 9
Personal Stories, Fulkerson, 1988
Box 9
Personal Stories, McNeill, 1992
Box 9
Beverly Harrison, 1993
Box 9
Youth, Hope, God, undated
Box 9
Holy Unions, undated
Box 9
Clergy Outreach Events, undated
Box 9
Other N.C Networks, undated
Box 9
Media: Sojourners, radio, undated
Box 9
Issues, undated
Box 9
How to: Networking, undated
Box 9
How to: Conferences, undated
Box 9
How to: Small Groups, undated
Box 9
How to: Congregation, undated
Box 9
Bibliography, undated
Box 9
Resources, undated
Box 9
Sermons by RRNGLE Members, undated
Box 9
Letters to editor by RRNGLE Members, undated
Box 9
Writings by RRNGLE Members, undated
Box 9
Sermons by Others, undated
Box 9
Newspaper and Magazine Articles about RRNGLE, undated
Box 9
RRNGLE Resources, undated
Box 9
Meetings and Notes
(1 folder)
Box 9
Funding Exchange, Out Fund, undated
Box 9
Correspondence, 1993
Box 9
Accounting for Fundraising, undated
Box 9
Letterhead, undated
Box 9
Interview List and Topics, undated
Box 9
Brochures, undated
Box 9
Meeting Notes, 1989-1993
Box 9
First Conference, Fulkerson, 1998
Box 9
Fourth Conference, Nelson, 1991
Box 9
Fifth Conference, McNeill, 1992
Box 9
Sixth Conference, Hamson, 1993
Box 9
RRNGLE interview Jimmy Creech
Box 12
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0001
RRNGLE interviews side 3 and 4
Box 12
Audio-cassette RL-1114-CS-0002
RRNGLE interviews side 9 and 10
Box 12
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0003
RRNGLE interviews, side 11 and 12
Box 12
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0004
RRNGLE interviews side 14 and 15
Box 12
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0005
RRNGLE interviews side 17 and 18
Box 12
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0006
RRNGLE interviews side 19 and 20
Box 12
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0007
RRNGLE interviews side 23 and 24
Box 12
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0008
RRNGLE interviews side 25 and 26
Box 12
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0009
RRNGLE interview side 27 and 28
Box 12
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0010
RRNGLE interviews side 29 and 30
Box 12
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0011
RRNGLE interviews side 31 and 32
Box 12
Audio-cassette RL-11114-CS-0012

3. Writings

The Writings series contains articles, sermons, research files, and other written material generated by Creech throughout his career. The bulk of the series consists of drafts of his memoir Adam's Gift, originally entitled The Church on Trial, and materials related to its publication in 2011.

Homosexuality and Religion, 1992-1997
Box 9
Report of the Committee to Study Homosexuality, 1991-1992
Box 9
Anti-Gay Violence, undated
Box 9
Anatomy of Oppression, 2001
Box 9
The Lie of Violence; The Truth of Love, 1996
Box 9
Methodist Experience in America, undated
Box 9
Sermons, Homilies, and Reflections on the Death Penalty, undated
Box 9
Sermons/Talks, 2000-2012
Box 9
Quest Article, Born to be Lovers, 2012-2013
Box 9
Articles, 1997, 1999 and undated
Box 9
Rise Above the Law, 1999
Box 9
Miscellaneous Writings, 1967-2012
Box 9
Miscellaneous Writings, 1996-2000
Box 11

Adam's Gift

Contains drafts and publication information about Creech's memoir Adam's Gift, published by Duke University Press in 2011.

Correspondence and News Articles
(1 folder)
Box 9
Publishers
(1 folder)
Box 9
Interviews, Omaha, 2002-2005
(1 folder)
Box 9
Drafts, Introduction - Ch. 6
(3 folders)
Box 9
Drafts, Ch. 7-20
(11 folders)
Box 10

Writings by Others

Writings by others series contains published articles sent to Creech by their authors as well as drafts and manuscripts of writings by others sent to Creech.

Keith Hartman/Fairmount UMC, 1996
Box 10
Partrick Colatch's Paper, undated
Box 10
Religious Roots of Violence, 1992
Box 10
Miscellaneous, 1998-1999
Box 10
Horace Griffin, 2000
Box 11
Homosexuality: An attempt at dialogue, Willie E. Frye, 1993
Box 11
 

Historical Note

James (Jimmy) Edward Creech, born October 21, 1944, holds a master’s of divinity from Duke University, granted in 1970. Following his ordination, he served as a minister at several churches in North Carolina, including Warsaw United Methodist Church and Fairmont United Methodist Church in Raleigh. He began to advocate for gay rights after a congregant came out to him in 1984. While at Fairmont between 1987 and 1990, he co-founded and was chairperson of the Raleigh Religious Network for Gay and Lesbian Equality, an ecumenical group designed to publicly challenge religious antigay rhetoric. Due to backlash following his outspoken advocacy for gay rights, including his decision to march in a gay pride parade, Creech was denied reappointment as minister of Fairmont in 1990. From 1991 to 1996, Creech was the Program Associate with the North Carolina Council of Churches. He was the council’s legislative liaison with the North Carolina General assembly, and represented the council on issues including the abolition of the death penalty, farm workers, campaign finance reform, and the repeal of the Crimes Against Nature law. In 1996, he was appointed Senior Pastor at the First United Methodist Church in Omaha, Nebraska. In September, 1997, he joined two women in a “holy union” despite orders issued in 1996 by The United Methodist Church prohibiting such unions. After the union, he was suspended from ministry and was put on trial in March, 1998, by The United Methodist Church under the charge of violating the Order and Discipline of The United Methodist Church. The trial ended in Creech’s acquittal, but he was not reappointed to First United Methodist Church, Omaha, as Senior Pastor. He took a voluntary leave of absence and returned to Raleigh. While in Raleigh, in 1999 Creech joined another same-sex couple in a holy union. He was again put on trial by the church, at which he was convicted and defrocked. Since the summer of 1998 and his defrocking in 1999, Creech has continued to advocate for LGBTQ rights, especially for gays and lesbians within faith communities. He has traveled around the country preaching in churches and speaking on college campuses about human and civil rights for members of the LGBT community. He has co-founded and guided several LGBTQ rights organizations, namely SoulForce and Faith in America. His memoir, Adam’s Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor’s Calling to Defy the Church’s Persecution of Lesbians and Gays, published in 2011, details the church trials as well as his work as an ally for the gay community. Creech is retired and lives in Raleigh.

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Provenance

The Jimmy Creech Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Katrina Martin, February 2016.

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0167; 2016-0265