Inventory of the Aubrey Richard Weatherly Collection

Karen Sosa and Lucinda Glenn
Graduate Theological Union Archives
Graduate Theological Union
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Berkeley, California, 94709
Phone: (510) 649-2523/2501
Email: archives@gtu.edu
URL: http://gtu.edu/library/information/special-collections
2011
Graduate Theological Union. All rights reserved.

Inventory of the Aubrey Richard Weatherly Collection

Collection number: GTU 91-12-02

Graduate Theological Union Archives

Graduate Theological Union

Berkeley, California
Processed by:
Karen Sosa and Lucinda Glenn
Date Completed:
2003 August
Encoded by:
Michele Gibney
2011 Graduate Theological Union. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Aubrey Richard Weatherly collection
Dates: 1971-1991
Collection number: GTU 91-12-02
Collector: Birchard, Roy
Creator: Weatherly, Aubrey Richard (Rick)
Collection Size: 4 boxes 1.50 feet
Repository: The Graduate Theological Union. Library.
Berkeley, CA 94709
Abstract: Aubrey Richard (Rick)Weatherly, 1952-91, was a pastor in the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches and served in Oakland, California. The collection contains personal and professional files, photographs, slides, negatives, and buttons relating to his personal and professional life.
Physical location: 4/B/1, 4/B/5
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

Aubrey Richard Weatherly collection, GTU 91-12-02. Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

Acquisition Information

The collection was received in 1991 from Roy Birchard, Executor of the Weatherly estate.

Biography / Administrative History

Aubrey Richard Weatherly, 1952-1991, always went by the name Rick. Born in Hawaii, Rick was baptized and raised Roman Catholic. Around the age of 14, he realized he was Gay. Living through a difficult adolescence of self-doubt and emotional turmoil, he was attending a Unitarian Church when he heard that Troy Perry was to visit Washington, D.C. Having heard about Perry and the Metropolitan Community Church, Rick attended the D.C. church. Here, in 1971 at age 18, he began his journey to self-appreciation, a renewed faith, and a healthy and happy acceptance of his life in the Gay community. Rick met William Scott Johnson (1943-89) about 1972. They were joined in holy union in May 1973.
Rick worked as church secretary at the DC-MCC, and was licensed as an Exhorter (lay preacher), 1973-74. Feeling a call to full-time ministry, he first finished his undergraduate work, receiving his B.A. in Religion from George Washington University in Washington D.C., 1978. Rick renewed his Exhorter's license in 1979, serving as Worship Coordinator for the Tidewater MCC in Norfolk, VA before beginning his seminary work. He attended the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, receiving his Master of Divinity, 1982.
While at PSR, Rick served as staff clergy at the San Francisco MCC, 1979-81. In August 1982, he was called to pastor the New Life MCC in Oakland, California. He was then ordained as a minister of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches in September 1983. He was a strong advocate for the Gay community, speaking, writing, and serving on committees concerning various issues. His partner Scott died of AIDS in 1989. Rick died of AIDS in 1991. Their ashes were scattered off a beach in Hawaii.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection containing personal and professional files, photographs, slides, negatives, and buttons was received in 1991 from Roy Birchard, Executor of the Weatherly estate. The files contain both personal and professional material. The photos and slides likewise contain shots of people and events that are either personal or pertaining to Weatherly's professional ministry.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Johnson, W. Scott, 1943-1989.
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches--Clergy.
Gays--Religious life.
Gay Clergy.
Homosexuality--Religious aspects--History--Sources.
Same-sex marriage--United States.
Gay couples--United States.
AIDS (Disease)--Religious aspects--History--Sources.

Separated Material

  • Books transferred to the Graduate Theological Union Library Rare Books:
  • 1. The Lord is My Shepherd and He Knows I'm Gay, by Troy Perry (Los Angeles: Nash Publishing, 1972). Inscription on flyleaf to "Rick and Scott", signed by the author, 6/17/1973. BR1725 P45 A3 1972
  • 2. Don't Be Afraid Anymore, by Troy Perry with Thomas L. P. Swicegood (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1990). Inscription on Dedication page to "Rick", signed by the author, 12/4/1990. BX9896 Z8 P47 1990
  • Book transferred to the Graduate Theological Union Library circulating books:
  • 1. Matlovich: The Good Soldier, by Mike Hippler (Boston: Alyson Publications, 1989). HQ75.8 M38 H57 1989

Collection Contents

 

Series 1. Personal Papers 1972-1991

Physical Description: 22 folders, 1 videotape
box-folder 1 : 1

Exhorters License, MCC 1976-1979

box-folder 1 : 2

Photograph: Governing Board and Executive Council 1981-1982

box-folder 1 : 3

Re-license 1981-1983

box-folder 1 : 4

Ordination, Installation 1983 1982

box-folder 1 : 5

Correspondence, MCC 1975-1986

box-folder 1 : 6

Certificates, ARW 1972-1983

box-folder 1 : 7

Correspondence 1975-1986

box-folder 1 : 7a

Correspondence, Christmas Letters 1980 1984-1985 1987-1989

box-folder 1 : 8

Events in the Relationship between Scott Johnson and Rick Weatherly 1972-1983 1989

box-folder 1 : 9

Holy Unions 1972-1984

box-folder 1 : 10

Metropolitan Community Church 1973-1991

box-folder 1 : 11-12

ARW Academic Papers 1977-1981

box-folder 1 : 13-15

Worship resources, services, etc. 1975-1987

box-folder 1 : 16

ARW Unpublished articles 1975-1982

box-folder 1 : 17

ARW Published articles 1979-1985

box-folder 1 : 18

Published articles about ARW 1982-1984

box-folder 1 : 19

Articles collected by ARW 1975-1991

box-folder 1 : 20

UFMCC Clergy Manual 1987-1988

box-folder 1 : 20a

Name plate: Richard Weatherly undated

box-folder 1 : 20b

Rick Weatherlys sermons: MCC, San Francisco, and MCC of the Redwoods 1985 June 1985 Fall 1987 January 31 1991 January 13

Videotape 1

Memorial Service for Scott Johnson 1989

Location: S.E. Corner of the Storage Room.
 

Series 2. Photographs ca. 1971-1987

Physical Description: 69 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series contains print photographs taken by ARW, arranged chronologically. When identified, names and dates are given. The majority are unidentified. If the print photos have corresponding negatives and/or slides, it will be noted. NB stands for Negatives Box, located at shelf 1/A/3. Slide Boxes are also located at shelf 1/A/3. Since there are many unidentified print photos, slides, and negatives, it is very possible that some may correspond.
box-folder 1 : 21

Personal 1971 1973 1975

box-folder 1 : 22

Florida, Christmas 1976

Scope and Content Note

Contact sheet. NB3, 33-34.
box-folder 1 : 23-24

Vacation, San Francisco, Denver, Los Angeles 1977

Scope and Content Note

Contact sheet. NB3, 33-34.
box-folder 1 : 25

UFMCC General Conference, Denver 1977

Scope and Content Note

Contact sheet. NB3, 32.
box-folder 1 : 26

Camp Mud 1978

Scope and Content Note

Contact sheet. NB3, 35.
box-folder 1 : 27-28

Scott Johnson and ARW in Williamsburg, VA ca. 1978-1979?

Scope and Content Note

Contact Sheet. NB5, 22.
box-folder 1 : 29

Personal photos 1978-1979

box-folder 1 : 30

Frank Muir, Larry Uhrig, Rick Weatherly (ARW) 1979 February

box-folder 1 : 31-35

Thanksgiving at MCC and Garson and Dons House 1981

Scope and Content Note

Contact Sheet. NB 3, 43.
box-folder 1 : 36-38

Fremont Men: Mission Peak Hike and Angel Island ca. 1981-1982?

Scope and Content Note

Contact Sheet. NB4, 32; NB5, 35.
box-folder 1 : 39-42

Gay Olympic Games, San Francisco, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Physique finals. 1982

Scope and Content Note

Contact Sheet. NB4, 1-7, 30.
Included is the San Francisco Metropolitan Community Church Retreat, 1982.
box-folder 1 : 43

Castro Street Fair, San Francisco 1982

Scope and Content Note

Contact Sheet. NB4, 17.
box-folder 1 : 44-45

ARW Graduation from Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, Calif. 1982 June 9

Scope and Content Note

Contact Sheet. NB3, 36.
box-folder 1 : 46

MCC San Francisco picnic, ARW Graduation party, ARW birthday 1982

Scope and Content Note

Contact Sheet. NB3, 38.
box-folder 1 : 46a-47

SF Gay Pride Parade 1982

Scope and Content Note

Contact Sheet. NB3, 37-38.
box-folder 1 : 48-52

Fremont Men: 2nd Annual Mission Peak Climb, ARW Ordination 1982 1983

Scope and Content Note

Contact Sheet. NB5, 34 (13 negatives Restricted in Box 4, ff 9). NB3, 53-60
box-folder 1 : 61-62

Russian River and Skunk Train trip 1983

Scope and Content Note

Contact Sheet. NB4, 8-10.
box-folder 1 : 63-65

Fremont New Years Eve party 1983

Scope and Content Note

Contact Sheet. NB5, 25.
box-folder 2 : 1-9

MCC Northwest District Conference, Salem, Oregon 1983 May

Scope and Content Note

Some negatives are in NB 4, 23.
box-folder 2 : 10-17

San Francisco Gay Pride Parade 1983

Scope and Content Note

Contact Sheet. NB3, 39. Slides: 2157 2191, Box 2/E.
box-folder 2 : 18-22

MCC New Life, Barry Weckman 1984

Scope and Content Note

Contact Sheet. NB5, 23-24
box-folder 2 : 23-24

Russian River Lodge, Calif. ca. 1986?

box-folder 2 : 25-26

Bermuda Star cruise photos 1987

box-folder 2 : 27

W. Scott Johnson undated

box-folder 2 : 28

Personal unidentified photos undated

Scope and Content Note

Contact Sheet. NB4, 11-22.
box-folder 2 : 29-43

Personal unidentified photos undated

 

Series 3. Buttons 1976-1983

Physical Description: 62 items

Scope and Content Note

This series contains 62 buttons, pins, name tags, and patches, ca. 1976 1983. The subjects of the buttons include political statements, issues statements, souvenirs of places and events, and bar tokens. The pins include among others, crosses, pink triangles (to represent gay pride and identification), 1976 American Bi-centennial flags, etc. The name tags and patches are from various Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches conferences. One name tag identifies ARW as Church Secretary, another as Worship Coordinator.
 

Series 4. Slides 1976-1983

Location: GTU Slide Boxes 2/E - 3/A: 1/A/3
Physical Description: 464 slides

Scope and Content Note

Slides which have corresponding negatives and/or print photos are noted. NB is Negative Box, located also at 1/A/3. Since there are many unidentified print photos, slides, and negatives, it is very possible that some may correspond.
box-slide 2/E : 2016-2086

Jenner, California 1984

box-slide 2/E : 2087-2121

San Francisco MCC Retreat 1983

box-slide 2/E : 2122-2156

New Life MCC, Oakland, CA, first services 1983 October

box-slide 2/E : 2157-2191

San Francisco Gay Pride Parade 1983

Scope and Content Note

Contact Sheet. NB 3, 39. Print photos, Box 2, ff 10-17.
box-slide 2/F : 2192-2254

San Francisco MCC Anniversary Dinner 1983

box-slide 2/F : 2255-2283

Tom Pineta’s Birthday Party 1982

Scope and Content Note

Contact Sheet. NB3, 41.
box-slide 2/F : 2284-2314

ARW Installation undated

Scope and Content Note

Contact Sheet. NB3, 40.
box-slide 2/F : 2315-2341

East Bay (New Life) MCC, old building undated

Scope and Content Note

May correspond with Unidentified building in NB5, 32?
box-slide 2/F : 2342-2354a

Fremont Men: Mission Peak Climb undated

Scope and Content Note

2349 – 2354 are Restricted. Located in Box 4, ff 4-5.
box-slide 2/F : 2355-2390

Unidentified undated

box-slide 3/A : 2391-2480

Unidentified undated

Scope and Content Note

2479-2480 have negatives in NB5, 19.
 

Series 5. Negatives 1976-1983

Location: GTU Negatives Boxes 3-5: 1/A/3.
Physical Description: 45 folders

Scope and Content Note

Slides which have corresponding negatives and/or print photos are noted. NB is Negative Box, located also at 1/A/3. Since there are many unidentified print photos, slides, and negatives, it is very possible that some may correspond.
box-folder 3 : 42

Unidentified undated

Scope and Content Note

3 negatives Restricted in Box 4, ff 2.
box-folder 3 : 44

Unidentified undated

Scope and Content Note

11 negatives Restricted in Box 4, ff 1.
box-folder 4 : 24-29

Unidentified personal photos ca. 1982?

box-folder 4 : 31

England installation, MCC San Francisco 1982 February

box-folder 4 : 33

Summer 1980

box-folder 4 : 34

Washington D.C. house “after” 1979 October

box-folder 4 : 35

Snow 1979 February 19

box-folder 4 : 35a-b

Unidentified undated

box-folder 5 : 1-12

Unidentified undated

box-folder 5 : 13

Unidentified 1983

box-folder 5 : 14

Atlanta trip 1973

box-folder 5 : 15

Bob and Bill’s Wedding undated

box-folder 5 : 16

ARW Graduation Weekend 1979

box-folder 5 : 17

Kohler 1973

box-folder 5 : 18

Uhlig and Isabell? 1973

box-folder 5 : 20

Jaim’s Ordination 1971 October 25

box-folder 5 : 21

Unidentified undated

box-folder 5 : 26-26b

Marin Headlands, San Francisco Bay, Fort Point, Golden Gate Bridge undated

box-folder 5 : 27-29

Unidentified individuals and events undated

Scope and Content Note

It may be Scott Johnson and Rick Weatherly in 28?
box-folder 5 : 30

MCC event with Troy Perry undated

box-folder 5 : 31

MCC San Francisco 13th Anniversary event 1983

Scope and Content Note

5 negatives Restricted in Box 4, ff 2.
box-folder 5 : 32

Unidentified building, interior and exterior undated

Scope and Content Note

May correspond with Slides 2315-2341, Box 2/F?
box-folder 5 : 33

Unidentified individuals undated