Fonds MS-15-11 - Safe Harbour Metropolitan Community Church fonds

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Safe Harbour Metropolitan Community Church fonds

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  • Textual record

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MS-15-11

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  • 1988 - 1992, 2008 (Creation)
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    Safe Harbour Church Metropolitan Community Church

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14 cm of textual records

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(1991 - 2011)

Administrative history

Safe Harbour Church MCC was a gay Christian church built and run by the GBLT community, and serving it with projects such as Manna for Health, a food bank directed at people facing serious illness and poverty. The church was founded by J.J. Lyon, Robert Byers, Bruce Moore and Terry Parker following an informal evening of Christmas carol singing. Worshippers began meeting in February 1991 in the small boardroom at the Aids Coalition Office on Gottingen Street, Halifax. In September 1991 the congregation officially became part of the Metropolitan Community Church, adopted the name Safe Harbour MCC and moved to the Brunswick Street United Church, having outgrown their original space. In September 1992 the congregation hired Reverend Darlene Young to be the first minister of Safe Harbour MCC, and moved to the Universalist Unitarian Church on Inglis Street. In April 1993, Safe Harbour officially welcomed its first members, when 20 people joined the church. On Sunday, 5 September 2004, the congregation celebrated its first service in its own space in Bloomfield Centre, where it stayed for two years before moving to its final home at Veith House in Halifax's north end. After the death of Reverend Darlene Young in 2008, Bob Bond served as interim pastor until Reverend Jennifer Paty was hired in 2009. She conducted Safe Harbour's final service on Eastern Sunday 2001.

Custodial history

Records were transferred to Dalhousie University Archives in two separate accessions through the LGBT Senior Archive. Accession 2020-011 comprises records collected by Father Louis Caissie and donated by Larry Baxter; accession 2019-061 contains records collected by and donated by Ross Boutilier.

Scope and content

Fonds comprises records documenting the evolution and history of the Safe Harbour Metropolitan Community Church, including meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, newsletters, financial records, and programming and workshop materials.

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Ross Boutillier

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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No further accruals expected.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Safe Harbour Metropolitan fonds, MS-15-11, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Final

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Full

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Record revised September 21, 2020.

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  • English

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