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July 25, 2022

When United Presbyterian Women gathered at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in the summer of 1985, Carol Weir thanked them for their support, and a delegation from the Soviet Union gifted them a painted icon. The crowd heard from speakers representing the Third World and from the nuclear disarmament movement. Of these women, the most remarkable women bearing witness at the event were those who had fled US-sponsored military and paramilitary violence in Nicaragua and El Salvador. The next-most remarkable were the women who helped shelter them here in the United States


March 31, 2022
Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, 1995. Pearl ID: islandora:171115

PHS is excited to spotlight some developments made in an inter-institutional effort to publish the personal records of the founding voice of Womanist/feminist/mujerista theology, Katie Geneva Cannon. Researchers can now view the first installment of records from the Burke Library at Union Theological...

March 18, 2022

Lucy Craft Laney was many things. A college graduate, a loving daughter and sister, a fervent and faithful Presbyterian, an educator, a leader, and the headstrong founder of the Haines Institute—these are only some of the things that characterize the history and far-reaching influence of her life.

A Learned Adolescence: Lucy’s Childhood and Teenage Years

Lucy Craft Laney was born on April 13, 1854, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister who bought his and his wife’s freedom twenty years before the birth of their child. Theirs was a large...

March 10, 2022

An American modernist poet and life-long Presbyterian, Marianne Moore (1887-1972) was considered by many critics to be the nation’s greatest living poet in the mid-twentieth century. Moore's most famous poem is perhaps the one entitled Poetry, in which she hopes for poets who can produce "imaginary gardens with real toads in them." Poetry begins with the following stanza:

“I too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond all this fiddle. Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it,...

September 8, 2021

-- by Reverend Blanca Estrella Otaño-Rivera--also known as Blanqui Otaño

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we are celebrating Reverend Blanca Estrella Otaño-Rivera--also known as Blanqui Otaño--the first Hispanic clergywoman ordained in the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (UPCUSA), in June 1975.

The Reverend Otaño-Rivera was born in Lares on the island of Puerto Rico. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of...

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