Virginia Ramey Mollenkott Memorial Fund


As an eagle stirs up its nest,
and hovers over its young;
as it spreads its wings, takes them up,
and bears them aloft on its pinions… 
Deut. 32:11

In honor and memory of Dr. Virginia Ramey Mollenkott’s four decades of groundbreaking and visionary scholarship, as well as courageous witness on behalf of LGBTQ+ persons of faith, Virginia’s friends are collaborating with the LGBTQ Religious Archives Network (LGBTQ-RAN) to establish a memorial fund. This fund will endow the newly-named Virginia Ramey Mollenkott Award, an annual award for papers honoring outstanding scholarship in the field of LGBTQ+ religious history.  The Mollenkott Award is the preeminent honor for young queer scholars in religion.

The goal for the Virginia Ramey Mollenkott Memorial Fund is at least $50,000. The returns on this endowment will cover the costs of the Award and an annual event that will honor the awardee as well as celebrate Dr. Mollenkott. As additional funds become available, internships and/or scholarships in Dr. Mollenkott’s name may be instituted.

Please step up and join the many friends, colleagues and admirers of Virginia Ramey Mollenkott who have given to her memorial fund (see the list below). Here is information on how you can donate to the fund--either giving online with a credit card or mailing a check.   You also may expand your generosity by pledging a gift amount that you will fulfill by December 31, 2023. To make a pledge or to get additional information, email mark@lgbtqreligiousarchives.org.

Recognizing Virginia’s delight in watching the escapades of birds, different levels of giving have been named for some of her favorites.

Eagle (her favorite) $5,000
David & Connie Herrstrom
Nancy E. Krody
Anne Linstatter
Debra Morrison

Eaglet $2,500-$4,999
Carter Heyward
Gail Ricciuti

Great Blue Heron $1,000-$2,499
Ray Bagnuolo
Mark Bowman
Marvin M. Ellison
Mary Anna Hite & Elizabeth Norman
Rick Peterson & Wayne Bradley
Michael S. Piazza
Bob Roehm
Robert Whitmoyer
Anonymous Donor

Wild Goose $500-$999
Selisse Berry
Daniel Borysewicz
Steve Carson
Beverly Dale
Marie M. Fortune & Glenna T. Shepherd
Ron Gebhardtsbauer & Greg Wright
Jakob Hero-Shaw
Mary E. Hunt & Diann L. Neu
Jay Johnson
Deborah Maria
Jim Mitulski

Wild Goose $500-$999 (continued)
Bev Reddick in honor of Ellie Charlton
Ralph Watkins
Nancy Wilson & Paula Schoenweather

Cardinal $250-$499
Nicholas Calamusa
Marie Mayor
Cameron Partridge
Deb Reale
Jean Richardson & Pat Mulroy
William Stell

Robin $100-$249
Jann Aldredge-Clanton
Lockett Ballard, Jr.
Brendan Fay & Tom Moulton
Dona Garofano
Neill Johnson
Donald King
Brian McNaught & Ray Struble
Roselyn Narvarte in memory of Steve Carson
Sarah Novak
Arlene Scala & Donna Ezrol
Johnine Simpson
Max Strassfeld
Richard Taylor

Birds of a Feather $1-$99
Janet Blaustein
Kathy Cheney-Egan
Harry Knox
John Magisano
Rita Voors
Melissa Wilcox & Nicole Pitsavas

Thank you for your generous investment that will honor young queer scholars in religion as well as provide a lasting legacy for our beloved Virginia Ramey Mollenkott for many years to come.

The LGBTQ Religious Archives Network (LGBTQ-RAN) is a 501©3 organization so all contributions are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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