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September 7, 2022

Becoming the Body—this is the title of the speech John Buchanan presented to the audience of the first annual conference hosted by the Covenant Network of Presbyterians.

Hosted in Denver, Colorado, the weekend of November 5, 1998, this conference was organized in response to the failure of Amendment A to be passed at that year’s General Assembly. The theme of this monumental first meeting was “Living Faithfully in the Church When We Disagree.”

This theme reflected the worries of Presbyterians in relation to the...

August 26, 2022
Photograph of Corbett (right) receiving an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Huron College, South Dakota, June 1968. Pearl ID: islandora:288041 [RG 535, Box 18, Folder 13]

The Cecil Corbett Papers have been processed as Record Group 535, and the guide to the records is now available:...

August 16, 2022

While exploring PHS’s RG 531, an archival collection consisting of the records of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, I came across a plethora of documents that embodied some intense emotions. In the fight for LGBTQ ordination rites, there were many strong opinions held—on both sides.

One of the first things I stumbled upon was a piece of correspondence dated January 9, 1998, addressed to the Elder...

July 15, 2022

You’ve probably heard it by now, but it begs repeating: the Covenant Network of Presbyterians is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. In connection with this commemoration, the staff at the Presbyterian Historical Society have been learning more about the people, events, and history of the organization by exploring the Covenant Network records in our collections and listening to recounted memories of Pam Byers. When asked to draw up a blog post inspired by archival collection RG 531, my mind focused on one question surrounding the groups’ efforts: what did their...

June 14, 2022
Cover of Fund for Legal Aid for Racial and Intercultural Justice pamphlet, circa 1990-1993. Pearl ID: islandora:286248 [RG 534, Box 10, Folder 15]

The Emergency Fund for Legal Aid for Racial and Intercultural Justice (EFLA) Records have been processed as Record Group 534, and the guide to the records is now available:...

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