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Guide to the Kittredge Cherry and Audrey Lockwood

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1970-2009
Creator: Cherry, Kittredge, and Lockwood, Audrey
Extent: 3.30 linear feet.
Collection Number: IWA0759
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Life partners Kittredge Cherry (1957- ), an author, journalist, and minister to the LGBT community, and Audrey Lockwood (1957- ), a financial planner, met as students at the University of Iowa in 1975 and lived and worked in Japan before settling in California.

Alternate Extent Statement: 62 audio cassettes [AC1380-1442]; one CD [d0081]; eight VHS tapes [V471-479]

Access: The papers are open for research.

Use: The donors retain copyright of published books and articles.

Acquisition: The papers (donor no. 1178) were donated by Kittredge Cherry in 2009 and subsequent years.

Preferred Citation: Kittredge Cherry and Audrey Lockwood papers, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5068
Curator: Kären Mason
Email: lib-women@uiowa.edu
Website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa

Rev. Kittredge "Kitt" Lynne Cherry, daughter of Margaret and Arthur Cherry, was born in Iowa City in 1957, before moving with her family to Clinton, Iowa, in 1972. Audrey Ellen Lockwood was also born in 1957, and grew up in Wisconsin, before moving to attend the University of Iowa in 1975. The two met during their freshman year at the university, and graduated in 1979, with Cherry receiving B.A.s in journalism and art history, and Lockwood also receiving a B.A.

Upon graduation, Cherry went to work as reporter covering business and the arts for the Quincy, Illinois, Herald-Whig until 1982.

Cherry received a Rotary International Journalism Scholarship to study abroad in 1982, and she joined Lockwood in Japan, where she (Lockwood) had been working since graduating from college. The partners spent the next three years abroad while Cherry studied at International Christian University in Tokyo, and Kobe College in Kobe. During this time, Cherry also worked as a freelance journalist and her work appeared in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and the San Franciscio Chronicle.

Cherry's spiritual journey began at age 25, when she sought baptism at the Kobe Union Church following her father's death. This change also inspired her to come out, and she and Lockwood made their relationship public to family and friends before returning stateside, to San Francisco, California, in 1985.

In San Francisco, Cherry and Lockwood joined the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), an international denomination with a focus on ministry in the LGBT community. They affirmed their dedication and commitment to each other in a church wedding ceremony at MCC San Francisco (MCC-SF) in 1987. Cherry continued to write professionally but began attending seminary and working as a member of the MCC-SF staff. She was licensed as MCC clergy in 1989, and earned a Master of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California in 1990. During this period, Lockwood owned and operated Naginata Associates, a business training firm specializing in courses on Japanese and international business practices.

In 1991, the pair moved to Los Angeles, where Cherry worked at MCC's international headquarters and became fully ordained as a member of the MCC clergy. She served as the church's National Ecumenical Officer until 1995, which included working with the National Council of Churches and World Council of Churches on LGBT issues. Ecumenical work led Cherry to be involved in the movement for social justice in the church, including demonstrations at the National Council of Churches after it refused membership to MCC and involvement in the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi rights.

Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) forced Cherry to retire from her active ministry role in 1995, but she has continued to write and minister, particularly online, where she blogs and promotes LGBT spirituality at her website, JesusInLove.org, founded in 2005.

Lockwood has worked as a certified stock broker and financial planner in the Los Angeles area since 1992. She has taught topics such as money management and lesbian biographies, writes poetry, and has been involved with several businesswomen's organizations.

The Kittredge Cherry and Audrey Lockwood papers are arranged in four series: Biographical (1977-2009), Publications (1972-2010), Metropolitan Community Church (1983-2005), and Donor Notes (2010-2012).

The Biographical series (1977-2009) includes a timeline Cherry and Lockwood's life together and Christmas newsletters over the years. There is also information on Mabel Hyde Kittredge, Cherry's aunt and a partner to Lillian Wald, a nurse and social worker in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the Kittredge family, Lockwood's father, and her pet armadillo. A scrapbook encompassing the couple's life from their time as students at the University of Iowa to their careers in Japan and later in California completes the series.

The Publications series (1972-2010) makes up the bulk of the collection. Clippings taken from both Cherry and Lockwood's work provide insight into life in the Midwest and Japan in the 1970s and 1980s. Included are articles covering the recession of the early 1980s in the Business clippings and a series written by Cherry on two paycheck households filed under Miscellaneous. The Feminist Forum and Japan clippings provide insight into the international women's movement. Cherry's books: Womansword: What Japanese Words Say About Women; Hide and Speak: How to Free Ourselves from Our Secrets; Equal Rites: Lesbian and Gay Worship, Ceremonies and Celebrations; Jesus in Love: A Novel; Art That Dares: Gay Jesus, Woman Christ, and More; and Jesus in Love: At the Cross are shelved in IWA's printed works collection along with a handful of translations (see Arrangement for a complete listing).

The Metropolitan Community Church series (1983-2005) contains programs, correspondence and clippings from Cherry and Lockwood's involvement with the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC), particularly in San Francisco. It includes information on the AIDS crisis in California.

The Donor Notes series (2010-2012) contains documents from Cherry regarding various items in the collection, sent to the archives along with accessions.

The Artifacts series (undated) is a single folder with event nametags for both Cherry and Lockwood and an example of a pen handed out by the Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles following the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

The Audiovisual series (1975-2007) contains both audio- and videocassettes regarding a number of topics, including a focus on lesbian and gay spirituality.  A number of recorded services from the Metropolitan Community Church, both in Los Angeles and San Francisco are present; of particular note are services where a false report of gay-bashing by a member of the MCC clergy are addressed.  Also included are numerous research interviews conducted by Cherry during the process of writing her book Hide and Speak, and a few Japanese-language items.

The following books by, and translations of Kittredge Cherry are housed in the Iowa Women's Archives printed works collection:
Books
Womansword: What Japanese Words Say About Women (Tokyo, Japan: Kodansha International, original edition, 1987)
Hide and Speak: How to Free Ourselves from Our Secrets (Harper San Francisco, original edition, 1991)
Equal Rites: Lesbian and Gay Worship, Ceremonies and Celebrations co-edited with Zalmon Sherwood; Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1995)
Jesus in Love: A Novel (Berkeley, CA: AndroGyne Press, 2006)
Art That Dares: Gay Jesus, Woman Christ, and More (Berkeley, CA: AndroGyne Press, 2007)
Jesus in Love: At the Cross (Berkeley, CA: AndroGyne Press, 2008)
Translations
Jesus in Love: Roman, German translation by Wolf Ostheeren (Toenisvorst, Germany: Edition EuQor, 2007)
Coming Out: Co ukrywac, a o czym mowic, Polish translation of Hide and Speak by translators Katarzyna Rybak and Paulina Dzwonnik (Gliwice, Poland: Helion Press, 2008)
Chinese translation of Hide and Speak (Taipei, Taiwan: Business Weekly Press, 1992)
Womansword: Nihongo wa onna o dou hyougen shite kita ka, Japanese translation by Yoko Kurihara and Kyomi Nakanishi (Tokyo, Japan: Fukutake Press, 1990).

Browse by Series:
Series 1: BIOGRAPHICAL
Series 2: DONOR NOTES
Series 3: PUBLICATIONS
Series 4: METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
Series 5: ARTIFACTS
Series 6: AUDIOVISUAL

  • Series 1: BIOGRAPHICAL
  • Box 1:
  • Cherry, Kittredge - 1988-2009
  • Kittredge, Mabel Hyde - 1977-2009
  • Lockwood, Audrey - 1997-2004
  • Christmas newsletters - 1987-20010
  • School papers, Kittredge Cherry, undated
  • Box 5:
  • Scrapbook - 1975-1990
  • Box 7:
  • Kittredge family - 1955-2011
  • George Lockwood c. - 1940-1985
  • Audrey's Armadillo - 1970
  • Audrey Lockwood, miscellaneous - 1975-1989
  • Series 2: DONOR NOTES
  • Box 1:
  • Notes on articles - 2010
  • Box 7:
  • Videocassetes, audio, publications - 2012
  • Metropolitan Community Church, San Francisco, audio tapes - 2010
  • General - 2011
  • Papers and videocassetes - 2011
  • Series 3: PUBLICATIONS
  • Box 1:
  • Clippings scrapbook - 1972-1977
  • Clippings, blue binder - 1976-1979
  • Clippings, removed from tan binder - 1976-1979
  • University of Iowa news service - 1977
  • A Visual Spectrum of the Arts - 1978
  • Quincy Art Club - 1980
  • Editorial to Money magazine - 1980
  • The Iowan - 1980-1982
  • Box 2:
  • Quincy Herald-Whig, Arts (two folders) - 1979-1982
  • Quincy Herald-Whig, Business (two folders) - 1979-1982
  • Quincy Herald-Whig, Miscellaneous (two folders) - 1979-1982
  • Quincy Herald-Whig, Kittredge Cherry Layouts - 1979-1982
  • Salt Lick Press - 1979-1981
  • Clippings, removed from black binder - 1982-1988
  • The Feminist Forum - 1983-1985
  • Okura Lantern - 1983-1985
  • Box 3:
  • PHP Forum for a Better World (two folders) - 1983-1985
  • PHP Intersect - 1985-1987
  • ZaSSHI, the International Magazine from Japan - 1985
  • Japan clippings - 1983-1985
  • Mother Jones - 1987
  • Box 4:
  • Woman of Power - 1989
  • International Cultural Exchange Association - 1990
  • Religion - 1989-1993
  • Box 5:
  • Daily Iowan and Quincy Herald-Whig clippings - 1978-1983
  • Kittredge Cherry clip book - 1977-1983
  • San Francisco Examiner - 1989-1990
  • Box 6:
  • Quincy Herald-Whig - 1980-1982
  • Clips by Kittredge Cherry (seven folders) - 1984-1995
  • Articles quoting Kittredge Cherry - 1989-1994
  • Lambda Literary Awards - 2008
  • Ms. Magazine - 1991
  • Ladies' Home Journal - 1992
  • NY Arts magazine - 2007
  • Box 7:
  • Tikkun magazine - 2008
  • Jesus in Love: a Novel, first draft, undated
  • Polish translation from Art that Dares - 2011
  • Series 4: METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
  • Box 4:
  • Celebrating 25 Years of Ministry, General Conference XVI - 1993
  • Women's Program - 1983-2005
  • Miscellaneous - 1983-1990
  • Lynn Griffis - 1989
  • Box 7:
  • Service programs - 1989-1991
  • Favorite LGBT hymns of Kittredge Cherry - 2010
  • We ARE lights, all of us- sermon- blog entry - 2010
  • Hands around the God box - 1994-2010
  • Re-imagining: Christian feminist conference - 1993
  • Series 5: ARTIFACTS
  • Box 7:
  • MCC Pen and event nametags, undated
  • Series 6: AUDIOVISUAL
  • Sub-Series: AUDIO
  • Box 7:
  • University of Iowa Art History lecture by Prof. Robert Rorex [AC1380] - 1975
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Interview of Starla Smith by Kittredge Cherry for the Daily Iowan [AC1381] - 1979
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • "Women and Christianity" Worship, Tokyo Union Church [AC1382] - 1985
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • International Feminists of Japan Meeting [AC1383] - 1985
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • MCC-SF Womanspirit meeting on being lesbian and Christian [AC1384] - 1986
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Services preached by Jim Mitulski, pastor of MCC-SF [AC1385] - 1986
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Kittredge Cherry on KGO Radio San Francisco [AC1386] - 1987
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Holy Union of Kittredge Cherry and Audrey Lockwood [AC1387] - 1987
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Lesbian/gay spirituality magazine discussion (part 1) [AC1388] - 1987
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Lesbian/gay spirituality magazine discussion (part 2) [AC1389] - 1987
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Virginia Mollenkott, lesbian feminist analysis of God as shepherd [AC1390] - 1987
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Informal hymn singing by MCC-SF leaders [AC1391] - 1987
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Adrienne Rich at MCC-SF: Lesbian poet reads her poems [AC1392] - 1987
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Rev. Karen Ziegler and Randa McNamera at MCC-SF [AC1393] - 1987
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Sermon by Kittredge Cherry: "Love Yourself" [AC1394] - 1987
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • MCC-SF Christmas Concert [AC1395] - 1987
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Sermons: Kittredge Cherry on Christmas, Jim Mitulski on Mary [AC1396] - 1987
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • "Lesbians and Christmas", Kittredge Cherry on KPFA radio [AC1397] - 1987
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Sermons by Jim Mitulski and Kittredge Cherry [AC1398] - 1988
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Kittredge Cherry discusses her book "Womansword" at MCC-SF [AC1399] - 1988
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Sermon by Kittredge Cherry on Palm Sunday [AC1400] - 1988
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Jim Mitulski on Coming Out [AC1401] - 1988
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Kittredge Cherry at MCC-SF. "Take nothing for your journey." [AC1402] - 1988
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Interview of Laura Davis by Kittredge Cherry for book, "Hide and Speak". [AC1403] - 1988
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Jim Mitulski on Stewardship [AC1404] - 1988
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Interview of gay rights activist Cleve Jones by Kittredge Cherry for "Hide and Speak". [AC1405] - 1988
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Best of MCC Worship and Praise concert [AC1406] - 1988
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Sermon by Kittredge Cherry: "What then shall we do?" [AC1407] - 1988
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Sermon by Jim Mitulski on Mary [AC1408] - 1988
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Sermons by Lynn Griffis on Palm Sunday and Christmas [AC1409] - 1988
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Interview of Carmen Vazquez by Kittredge Cherry for "Hide and Speak" [AC1410] - 1989
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Interview of Carmen Vazquez, part C [AC1411] - 1989
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Interview with Cleve Jones, part 2 [AC1412] - 1989
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Interview with Laura Davis by Kitterdge Cherry for "Hide and Speak" [AC1413] - 1989
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Interview with Laura Davis, Original[AC1414] - 1989
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Kittredge Cherry on Womansword, Japanese Radio [AC1415] - 1989
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Sermon by Lynn Griffis, Great Vigil of Easter [AC1416] - 1989
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Interview of Sheila Ganz by Kittredge Cherry for "Hide and Speak" [AC1417] - 1989
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Sermon by Cleve Jones, founder of the Names Project, on Gay Freedom Day [AC1418] - 1989
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Jim Mitulski. Support for Lynn Griffis after gaybashing. 1 of 2. [AC1419] - 1989
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Jim Mitulski. Support for Lyn Griffis after gaybashing. 2 of 2. [AC1420] - 1989
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Jim Mitulski. Gaybashing hoax revealed, consecration of K. Cherry. 1 of 2 [AC1421] - 1989
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Jim Mitulski. Gaybashing hoax relvealed, consecration of K. Cherry. 2 of 2 [AC1422] - 1989
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Sermon by Kit Cherry at MCC-SF: "We Shall Not Be Shaken" [AC1423] - 1989
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Interview of Aurora Levins-Morales by Kittredge Cherry for "Hide and Speak" [AC 1424] - 1989
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Interview of Aurora Levins-Morales, tape 2 [AC1425] - 1989
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Sermon By Kittredge Cherry: "True-Life Christmas Tales of MCC-SF" [AC1426] - 1989
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Sermon by Yvette Flunder at MCC-SF on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day [AC1427] - 1990
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Sermon by Kitteedge Cherry: "Let Your Light Shine" [AC1428] - 1990
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Sermon by Jim Mitulski: lessons learned from gaybashing hoax (1 year later) [AC1429] - 1990
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Dr. Sally Gearheart at MCC-SF, on fighting the Christian Right [AC1430] - 1990
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Sermon by Kittredge Cherry: "There is enough" [AC1431] - 1990
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Sermon by Dr. Troy Perry, founder of UFMC at MCC-SF [AC1432] - 1990
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Sermon by Kitterdge Cherry: All Saints Day and Celebrating Kit's Ministry [AC1433] - 1990
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • World Council of Churches LGBT Speech [AC1434] - 1991
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Sermon by Kittredge Cherry at the World Council of Churches on Gay and Lesbian issues [AC1435] - 1991
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Lesbian and Gay Spirituality at National Lesbian and Gay Health Conference, Tape 1 of 3 [AC1436] - 1992
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Lesbian and Gay Spirituality at NLGHC, Tape 2 of 3 [AC1437] - 1992
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Lesbian and Gay Spirituality at NLGHC, Tape 3 of 3 [AC1438] - 1992
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • National Council of Churches LGBT Protest [AC1439] - 1992
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Sermon by Kittredge Cherry at MCC-LA: "I know God loves me, now what?" [AC1440] - 1993
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Audrey Lockwood on KPFK Radio Los Angeles [AC1441] - 1995
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Interview of gay priest John McNeill by Kittredge Cherry for "Hide and Speak" [AC1142] - 1988
    Shelved in audiocassette collection
  • Interview of Kittredge Cherry on the Alan Colmes Show [d0081] - 2007
    Shelved in digital media collection
  • Sub-Series: VIDEOTAPES
  • Box 7:
  • TBS Wide Show: Gay life in the U.S. [V471] - 1986
    Shelved in videocassette collection
  • Dr. Eileen Lindener at the National Council of Churches [V472] - 1991
    Shelved in videocassette collection
  • Woman to Woman [V473] - 1992
    Shelved in videocassette collection
  • The God Squad, April 29 [V474] - 1993
    Shelved in videocassette collection
  • The God Squad, May 20 [V475] - 1993
    Shelved in videocassette collection
  • DPOC Sock Hop [V476] - 1993
    Shelved in videocassette collection
  • The God Squad, November 18 [V477] - 1993
    Shelved in videocassette collection
  • World Council of Churches Meeting- Johannesburg/ Interview of Rev. Sylvanus Maduka by Kittredge Cherry [V478] - 1994
    Shelved in videocassette collection
  • Steve Pieters on "Real Life with Jane Pauley"/ Stop the Church [V479], undated
    Shelved in videocassette collection