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July 12, 2021

Jean Kim, Presbyterian minister and tireless advocate for the homeless, died over the weekend of July 10-11. PHS recalls her work and ministry. 

Born in Korea in 1935, her family fled the north of the country in 1946. She completed a bachelor of Divinity at Han Shin Graduate School of Theology in 1959. Kim immigrated to the United States in 1970, and completed a Master of Social Work at St....

July 7, 2021
Documents in Gayraud Wilmore's collection from his work with Black Presbyterians United. [Pearl ID: 160325 and 160390]

The Presbyterian Historical Society needs your help to document African American lives, work, and witness in our increasingly multicultural Church.

Through the...

June 30, 2021
Duty officers raise their hands in prayer at a Washington for Jesus rally, 1980. Source: RNS photo in Pearl.

Beginning in earnest in the 1980s, some Presbyterians began to engage with policing, prisons, and imprisoned people with the aim to radically transform the administration of punishment in the United States, to truly make out of a system of prisons a system of justice. General Assembly actions have tended, however, to palliate any potential offense...

June 24, 2021

As early as 1856, African American Presbyterian ministers had gathered in caucuses, beginning with the Evangelical Association of Colored Ministers of Congregational and Presbyterian Churches, organized at Shiloh Presbyterian Church in New York City. From 1957 until 1968, however, there was no national gathering of Black Presbyterians. With the understanding that Black Presbyterians during the foment of Black Power had a responsibility to change the majority-white...

June 15, 2021
Dean Lewis, about 1950. Pearl ID: islandora:178128.

"The Cuba boxes are here. That's Ghost Ranch. Where are you going to start?"

"Let's start with Cuba, and work backwards."

Dean Lewis, Presbyterian activist, advocate, and peacemaker died early in the morning of June 14, 2021, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife Marianne near at hand. ...

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