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May 6, 2021

--by Lynn Coburn, elder at New Life Presbyterian Church (Albuquerque, N.M.)

In the 1970s New Life Presbyterian Church was founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico as a church without walls, enabling us to spend more of our resources on service. Another important tenant was pluralism. Those heady first years were full of mission work and respectful discussions. By the '80s we had grown tired of setting up the “tent” each Sunday morning and we had a building constructed. But the desire to be God...

February 3, 2021

PHS is pleased to announce progress in an inter-institutional effort to publish the personal records of the founding voice of Womanist/feminist/mujerista theology, Katie Geneva Cannon. This week, records belonging to the Center for Womanist Leadership at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, were transferred here for imaging.

The ultimate aim of our work is to represent in a single online...

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...

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