First Church of One Brotherhood Collection, 1956-1976 Coll2011.086

Finding aid prepared by Marc LaRocque
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
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(c) 2011


Title: First Church of One Brotherhood Collection
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2011.086
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
Language of Material: English
Storage Unit: 1
Physical Description: 0.1 linear foot. [1 folder]
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1956-1957
Date (inclusive): 1956-1976
Abstract: Membership card, event programs, publicity material, flyers, clippings and other material documenting activities of the First Church of One Brotherhood (FCOB), 1956-1976. The non-denominational church, founded by Charles (Chuck) Rowland, was intended to address the spiritual needs of religious gay men.
creator: Kepner, Jim, (James Lynn Kepner, Jr.), 1923-1997

Preferred Citation

First Church of One Brotherhood Collection, Coll2011-086, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California

Processing Information

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
In order to provide access to this collection, minimal processing on this collection was expedited in 2011. Date spans were given wherever possible, but do not reflect the most accurate inclusive dates.

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Access

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Scope and Content

Membership card, event programs, publicity material, flyers, clippings and other material documenting activities of the First Church of One Brotherhood (FCOB), 1956-1976. The non-denominational church, founded by Charles ("Chuck") Rowland, was intended to address the spiritual needs of religious gay men. The collection includes event programs, correspondence, and liturgical literature produced by the First Church, as well as clippings of retrospective articles about the short-lived church, written by Jim Kepner.

Historical Note

The First Church of One Brotherhood was established in 1956 by Charles (Chuck) D. Rowland, a co-founder of the Mattachine Society and a member of ONE, Inc. The non-denominational church was intended to address the spiritual needs of religious gay men; its literature also outlined an early, ambitious program of social services for the gay and lesbian community.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

First Church of One Brotherhoood.
Rowland , Charles D. , 1917-1990
Gays--Religious life
Homosexuality--Religious aspects
Spirituality