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December 16, 2021

A lot has been written and said about how the coronavirus pandemic impacts our sense of time. Thinking back on 2021, several things come to mind immediately: the opening of the Building Knowledge and Breaking Barriers Exhibit; publication of two special issues of The Journal of Presbyterian History; and welcoming a number of new

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December 3, 2021

Rev. Richard Poethig, who died on November 22 at the age of 96, cared passionately about history. As a fraternal worker in the Philippines and a leader in the new field of urban and industrial mission, his historic ministry influenced church policies, assisted communities struggling with profound change, and impacted the lives of countless individuals. Throughout his life, he also championed the telling of history as crucial to navigating “the challenges...

September 28, 2021
Hoapili-kane (1775-1840) and Hoapili-wahine (1777-1842), two of the first Hawaiians admitted to membership in the Congregational church. Portraits by missionary Clarissa Armstrong, 1837. Images courtesy of the Bishop Museum Archives, Honolulu, Hawai’i.

The Fall/Winter 2021 issue of The Journal of Presbyterian History is the second of two special issues 

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April 19, 2021
Missionary doctor Eleanor Taylor Calverley and daughters dressed in Muslim women’s attire, 1922. Courtesy of the Hartford Seminary Archives.

The Spring/Summer 2021 issue of The Journal of Presbyterian History is the first of two special issues on “The Dynamics of Indigenization” in global Christian communities. 

In the Spring/Summer issue, ...

April 16, 2021
Lois Stair, General Assembly 183, Rochester, NY, 1971. [Pearl ID: 175778]

“Well, here I am, filled with amazement and gratitude, and standing in need of prayer.” 

Presbyterian Elder Lois Harkrider Stair had just been elected as the first woman to serve as General Assembly moderator of a U.S. Presbyterian denomination. The year was...

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