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January 10, 2023

“I cannot separate my confession of faith from my politics and have either faith or politics be meaningful. I cannot sit by comfortably and let my brothers starve whether they be low-paid laborers in this country or peasants in India.” The statement of faith written by a McCormick Seminary student in 1955 would guide the future moderator throughout his career.

The minister, theologian, and activist Howard Leland Rice was moderator of the 191st General Assembly of the UPCUSA. His personal records are now processed, in...

December 15, 2022

We’re excited to share this year’s progress in our efforts to document and lift up the work and witness of Black Presbyterians through the African American Leaders and Congregations Collecting Initiative.

Over the summer, we partnered with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New...

December 5, 2022
James (left) and Melva (right) Costen at the Interdenominational Theological Center celebration dinner for James' presidency, October 7, 1993 [RG 538, Box 11]

The James and Melva Costen Papers have been processed as Record Group 538, and the guide to the records is now available: https://www.history.pcusa.org/...

November 7, 2022
David Miller (right) and Polly Miller (center) with Ben Masilo (left) in Lesotho, circa 1985. Pearl ID: islandora:293605 [RG 537, Box 3, Folder 8]

The David and Polly Miller Papers have been processed as Record Group 537, and the guide to the records is now available: ...

October 14, 2022

This story contains content that may be distressing to readers including accounts of violence and the actions of hate groups against the LGBTQIA+ community.

“We are particularly saddened that some have used the language of religion to insult his family with suggestions that his life was somehow less valuable. The Lord we worship and proclaim made no mention at all of sexual orientation, and welcomes, calls, and redeems all people.”

These were the words of John Buchanan and Bob Bohl, the co-...

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