|Creator:||Cherry, Kittredge, and Lockwood, Audrey|
|Extent:||3.30 linear feet.|
|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
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.
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