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October 13, 2017

The Ken Burns and Lynne Novick documentary, The Vietnam War, has inspired us[1] to share information about our collection materials that pertain to the war.

Both the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (UPCUSA) and the Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS) reflected upon and studied the conflict vis-à-vis Christian ethics. Both predecessor denominations to the PC(USA) also issued policies, statements, and recommendations...

October 3, 2017

"The church has found that it must contend not only with political upheaval and nationalistic religion but also with division in its own ranks" -- so the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.'s Commission on Ecumenical Mission and Relations wrote in 1967 about the state of Presbyterianism in Pakistan. Fifty years on, we glance back at the fractious period in the life of the Synod of the United Presbyterian Church of Pakistan, culminating in an assembly riot.

In 1967, the United Presbyterian Church of Pakistan and the Lahore Church Council counted membership of 70,000 -- some 10...

September 21, 2017

Former PHS Board Director Joan Chen Fong passed away this summer, succumbing to lung cancer after a valiant 45-month battle with the disease.

Ron Fong, in a note sharing word of his wife’s passing with her many friends and family, highlighted Joan’s exceptional bravery, determination, and grace. He asked for others to honor her memory by living “a quintessential life—a model, exemplary life worth imitating.” Friends and family will be remembering Joan Sunday,...

September 18, 2017

--By Virginia Rainey

After its opening in September 1967, the faux-Colonial building at 425 Lombard Street looked like an iceberg broken free from Independence Hall four blocks up Fifth Street. The inside, pristine as it was, revealed surfaces and spaces worthy of the Old School-New School dispute.

To start with, money for construction had been tight. Department Manager Bill Miller once told me that United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (UPCUSA) Stated Clerk...

September 14, 2017

PHS just received a collection of 35mm slides from the papers of Frances Mecca Gray, delivered to us by Dr. Carolyn Spatta-Eckhart. Gray was the first president of Damavand College, a private women's college in Tehran. This new batch of slides, shot between 1972 and 1975, brilliantly documents the life of the institution. You can see the full collection in this gallery.

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