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February 14, 2020
Cover of 2019 book by Marcus Paul. Click here for book information.

--by Marcus Paul

Traveling 4,000 miles to read a particular document is a fairly serious undertaking in terms of time and money. In my case, to say it was worth it is an understatement.

I had arrived at Lombard Street, Philadelphia from the UK in a very cold April. The city was bare of...

February 3, 2020
 
On January 25th and 26th it was my pleasure to be the guest of the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia and of Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. Our thanks go out to Q. John Tamm, stated clerk of the presbytery, and to Williamsburg's pastors, John Morgan and Rachel Hébert, for their hospitality.
 
The Presbytery of...
February 1, 2020
Presbyterian Hymnal, 1990.
 
Look through the hymnal that your congregation uses and note the large number of hymns that have never—or rarely ever—been sung during a Sunday morning service of worship…. Some hymns stand the test of time: some do not. Why should the unused ones take up space when more challenging and vital hymns are available?... Again and again Scripture urges us: “Sing to the Lord a new song!” And there is such an abundance of new singable, vital, challenging, and comforting hymnody in our generation. We do well to make it...
January 27, 2020
John Bingham, ca. 1860-1865, by Mathew Brady. Photo negatives courtesy of the National Archives

--by Sam Kidder

In a New York Times opinion piece in 2013, constitutional law scholar Gerrard Magliocca wrote, “More than any man except Abraham Lincoln, John Bingham (1815-1900) was responsible for what the Civil War meant for America’s future.”[1]

While a Congressman Bingham...

January 22, 2020

In September 2018, I was hired as the Pam Byers Memorial Fund Project Archivist to work full-time on collecting and making accessible the history of the movement for LGBTQIA+ inclusion in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. Thanks to the generosity of donors and the willingness of Presbyterians to participate in this project, PHS has been able to add a substantial amount of material to our collections that document LGBTQIA+ history from the late 1960s until today. 

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