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December 3, 2021

Rev. Richard Poethig, who died on November 22 at the age of 96, cared passionately about history. As a fraternal worker in the Philippines and a leader in the new field of urban and industrial mission, his historic ministry influenced church policies, assisted communities struggling with profound change, and impacted the lives of countless individuals. Throughout his life, he also championed the telling of history as crucial to navigating “the challenges...

November 29, 2021

In 1995, the PC(USA) Mission Responsibility Through Investment office wrote letters to insurers and re-insurers, asking after their exposure to climate change risk, and whether they would limit investment in fossil fuels. After a quarter of a century--and one name change, from MRTI to the Office of Faith-Based Investing and Corporate Engagement--the Church continues a strategy of outreach to corporations responsible for the rapid warming of Earth's atmosphere, and to those whose business models stand the...

November 23, 2021
The Indian School at Fort Wrangell, Alaska, ca. 1877-1907. [Pearl ID: 103135]

As the 225th General Assembly prepares to address the historic injustices toward Indigenous peoples harmed by the Presbyterian Church, PHS has turned to its collections to provide an account of Native American schools with historical ties to the PC(USA) and its predecessor

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November 18, 2021

Last month the Presbyterian Historical Society celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month across all of our social media feeds. We highlighted photos from our collection that represented Hispanic communities and stories of Hispanic leaders within the Presbyterian church. 

We also hosted a PHS LIVE centered on Hispanic and Latinx Ministries in the PC(USA) featuring Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace, Joanna Kim, Rev. Eliana Maxim, Rev. Juan Sarmiento, and Rev....

November 11, 2021

In November of 1956 the young pastor Joseph Metz Rollins delivered a sermon called "Faithful to Christ's Command." The Southern church (the PCUS denomination) that paid most of his salary had moved to rescind support, calling his congregation "nothing but a headquarters for integration." Metz, already working nights as a hospital orderly, was threatened with poverty. He asked his church to take up the cross with him.

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