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June 15, 2022

--by William Lake Leonard

William Lake Leonard is a retired attorney and member of the First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia. He was a member of PHS's Board of Directors from 2009 to 2017; he has served on PHS's Advisory Council from 2017 to the present.

One of the highlights of my life as a Presbyterian was serving as a Commissioner to a meeting of the church’s General Assembly. In June of 2002, the 214th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) met in Columbus, Ohio, and I served as an Elder Commissioner representing the...

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:...

June 8, 2022

Here's how PHS archivists served our constituents over the winter and early spring!

Our digitization team imaged more than 12,600 pages of text and images in the quarter. Two new participants in our African American Leaders and Congregations initiative were among them: Westminster Presbyterian Church (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Faith Presbyterian Church (...

June 1, 2022
Covenant Network of Presbyterians 25th anniversary logo.

Beginning June 1, the Covenant Network of Presbyterians will roll out a churchwide celebration remembering its past, launching new efforts in the present, and taking steps to ensure the work continues as long as it is needed.


In celebration of and in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, the Presbyterian...

May 25, 2022
Interior of the Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, before 1898 / Peace march, Atlanta, 1969.

The 224th General Assembly of the PC(USA) called on the whole church to enact corporate repentance, approving On the Church in This Moment in History--Responding to the Sin of Racism and a...

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