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September 28, 2022

For the first time in more than two years, I went on a five day barnstorming tour of two presbyteries, starting with New Castle on the Delmarva peninsula and landing in Pittsburgh. Our immense thanks go out to the people of those two presbyteries for the invitations to speak, and for their warmth and hospitality.

On September 20, I drove to Salisbury, Maryland, for a hybrid in-person/online meeting of New Castle Presbytery, gathered at Wicomico Presbyterian Church, one of the four congregations...

July 25, 2022

When United Presbyterian Women gathered at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in the summer of 1985, Carol Weir thanked them for their support, and a delegation from the Soviet Union gifted them a painted icon. The crowd heard from speakers representing the Third World and from the nuclear disarmament movement. Of these women, the most remarkable women bearing witness at the event were those who had fled US-sponsored military and paramilitary violence in Nicaragua and El Salvador. The next-most remarkable were the women who helped shelter them here in the United States

We'...

July 21, 2022

Let's look back at your archivists' labor in the spring and early summer!

Reference archivists responded to 514 inquiries remotely and in person. We assisted 41 researchers in our reading room for a total of 75 visits (pre-pandemic we typically hosted more than 250 total research visits in the second quarter). We retrieved 554 items from the collection for researcher use. Researchers visited from 15 different states and 3 countries: Germany, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. Nearly 100 different products, including books, sermons, and exhibits, will be created from...

June 27, 2022

In 1972, Fred Eyster, pastor of the United Church of Christ in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, told his church why his family was leaving the church to work for the United Farm Workers in California. Fred and Sue would be the eighteenth couple to join the National Farm Workers Ministry, an act of accompaniment with farm laborers under the aegis of the National Council of Churches. They would teach free school for laborers' children, work in the fields, and help organize the workers, while living as they did -- paid a subsistence wage, giving up middle-class suburban life.

"On a personal...

June 17, 2022

One night in 1964 James Foster Reese, pastor of First United Presbyterian Church on the campus of Knoxville College, sped down a Wilcox County Alabama highway, ferrying two injured white ministers to safety in Selma. He killed the headlights and didn't stop. The men in the back,...

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