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February 19, 2019

The Presbyterian Historical Society has created a timeline of LGBTQIA+ related history in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The stories included show how church members’ perspectives as well as the language used to speak about sexuality shifted throughout decades of advocacy work by LGBTQIA+ Presbyterians and allies. Click on the image below to view the timeline: 

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February 6, 2019
Charles Yerkes image from Religion and Race TV kit, 1965.

A recent question that came across our reference desk led us to the amazing career of Presbyterian minister Charles Yerkes--backpacker, military interrogator, chaplain of Tompkins Square, and friend of the Protestant churches of East Germany.

Charles Thompson Yerkes was born 10 April 1931 in Lincoln,...

February 1, 2019

The Presbyterian Historical Society documents the experiences of Presbyterians from across the country. As part of our series on regional history, here are five stories about the Houston area collected by PHS.

Organization of Houston's first Presbyterian church

General Sam Houston (a Presbyterian) secured the future of the newly-minted Republic of Texas in April 1836 when he defeated the Mexican army in the Battle of San Jacinto.  In the aftermath of war, land promoters founded a...

January 31, 2019

--Beth Shalom Hessel, Executive Director

On January 5, 2019, one of the standard bearers for Presbyterian history, James Hutchinson Smylie, joined the great cloud of witnesses who have completed the race. As we join with family, friends, and colleagues in remembering his life and a ministry well-done...

January 26, 2019

In 1978, the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. approved a minority report from the Task Force to Study Homosexuality. The report prohibited presbyteries from ordaining...

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