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November 12, 2018

It was the book that caused a riot and a war. Prior to the 1637 publication of the Book of Common Prayer, the Church of Scotland was a hodgepodge of reformed theology and Episcopalian government. It had presbyteries and synods, but also bishops.

However, most churches in Scotland used John Knox’s Book of Common Order, also known as Knox’s Liturgy, instead of...

November 9, 2018

We are so grateful for your support and past visits to the Presbyterian Historical Society. As PHS develops a volunteer program to allow our friends and neighbors ways to get more involved with our ministry, we are looking for personable and capable persons to volunteer time at our front desk to greet visitors and patrons and answer the phone. We would love to hear from you if you are interested. Please share the announcement below with friends and others at your church. If you would be able to get the announcement shared in your congregation’s bulletin, newsletter, or online website...

November 1, 2018
Jaime (Jim) and Alma Wright, 1990. From RG 424.

As the election of far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil reminds us, the defense of human rights...

October 19, 2018
Human Sexuality Committee at the 203rd General Assembly, Baltimore, MD, 1991. View the new Pearl collection on LGBTQIA+ history.

October is LGBT History Month, a fitting time for PHS to announce the public phase of our Pam Byers Memorial Collecting Initiative. Financial support for the...

October 18, 2018
Task force hearing in Philadelphia, June 1977. Image taken from the Presbyterian Charismatic Communion Newsletter, no. 47 (March-April 1978), pg. 1. [Pearl ID: 141050]

In the mid-1970s, the General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (UPCUSA) received a flurry of questions concerning homosexuality. Bill Silver, an openly...

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