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August 19, 2020

In 1970 the UPCUSA Council on Church and Race issued a $10,000 grant to the legal defense fund of Angela Davis, occasioning a furore inside the denomination that many Presbyterians remain reluctant to mention out loud to this day. In light of the tumult, a group of Black ministers contributed $10,000 of their own back to COCAR, to make the denomination whole.

In September 1972, following the UPCUSA General...

July 19, 2020

After a month of quarantine, Easter appeared to us as a season of hope. Now, in the midst of continuing disease and after the deaths of scores of thousands of people in the United States, we face another long season of reckoning and responsibility.

Now feels like a good time to flash back to that April morning of hope, when churches everywhere celebrated the resurrection in new ways. 

Featured below is a short video showing some of the worship service recordings we collected as a part of our Easter 2020 initiative. All that we have curated to date can be accessed in their...

May 13, 2020
Marjorie Faught in bomb hole, 1938. (Pearl ID: 5393)

Nurses are among the hundreds of Presbyterians who have devoted their lives to sharing the Gospel message of love for others in fields afar.

Providing quality health care is challenging and exhausting work in the best of times. In the first half of the twentieth century, missionary nurses overseas often found themselves working in difficult conditions in remote locations or serving patients during times...

April 8, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, churches across the nation are showing themselves to be beacons of hope—providing food and social services, pastoral care, and online worship.

One way the Presbyterian Historical Society is responding to this unprecedented moment is by gathering and curating 2020 Easter Sunday worship services and sermons from PC(USA) congregations and other worshipping communities. Many will be published in our online archives, so that the whole denomination can have a central clearinghouse for a body of...

March 6, 2020
Presbytery of West Virginia meeting at Riverlawn Presbyterian Church (St. Albans, W. Va.)

On February 15 and 16 I was in Charleston, West Virginia for a meeting of the Presbytery of West Virginia, and to spend time with the congregation (and archives) of First Presbyterian Church. We're grateful to the people of the presbytery for their...

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