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May 16, 2018
We've recently processed and put into the hands of researchers RG 509, records of the United Mission in Iraq.
 
Though individual Protestant missionaries evangelized in Mosul and Kirkuk in the nineteenth century, coordinated American mission work flourished within the postwar British sphere of influence. In 1924 the Presbyterian...
May 1, 2018

Quick, what climate change prophet said this and when?

Finding alternatives to fossil fuels gives us the opportunity to realize new forms of community and to express solidarity with the poor and with the rest of creation. Our response to God's call is easily diverted by claims for national supremacy, institutional rigidities, and selfish individualism. We must, therefore, heed the Holy Spirit's working within us, reordering our priorities, bringing us to repentance, and empowering us for participation in the new era.

That was the General Assembly of the United...

March 29, 2018

On the walls of the office were a painting of a Cuban revolutionary, signed photographs from Presidents of the United States, and stained glass from the street in front of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Dean Lewis, long-serving director of the PC(USA) Advisory Committee on Church and Society, was talking to me about his work with the Presbyterian churches of Cuba -- "Much of what we did was done with the active resistance of the Louisville system" -- but he could have been speaking of almost any episode in a long career of supporting the church in its...

March 19, 2018

A 75-member church in Greenwich Village (median income $100,859) is assessed exactly what a 75-member church in Grundy, Virginia (median income $35,023) is assessed. Where did Presbyterians' system of funding the General Assembly--known as Per Capita--come from, and why is it flat?

As with so many other issues, American Presbyterians have struggled with the means of supporting their mission and ministry. Eschewing England's system of patronage by landed gentry, American...

February 15, 2018

PHS has recently transferred to digital video a rare 16mm print of Sunday on the Children's Corner, the first television program to feature the piano and puppeteering of Presbyterian minister Fred Rogers, supporting his creative partner, Josie Carey.

Carey was born Josephine Vicari on 20 August 1930 in Pittsburgh. She was one of the first employees of WQED, beginning work six months before the station went on...

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