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March 4, 2021
“It is not always an easy task to affirm that even a murderer is a child of God, but we know that it is true. There is no act, no matter how vicious, that entirely blots out that identity.” –Murphy Davis to the Associated Press, 1986

We remember Murphy Davis, advocate for death row inmates and the homeless, who died last October. A Presbyterian minister, ordained in 1976, she and her husband Ed Loring took on as their life's work the practice of living in solidarity with the poor. In 1981 they founded...

February 16, 2021

The Presbyterian Historical Society is pleased to award seven Heritage Preservation Grants to PC(USA) congregations in 2021. The winners come from six states:

Harvest Community Church (Madera, Calif.)
Chapel by the Sea (Pacific Beach, Wash.)
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February 8, 2021

--originally published in Presbyterian Heritage, Spring 2020

On May 27, 1970, fasting commissioners at the 182nd General Assembly of the UPCUSA in Chicago assigned their meal money—$5,178.60—to the newly created National Committee on the Self-Development of People.

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February 3, 2021

PHS is pleased to announce progress in an inter-institutional effort to publish the personal records of the founding voice of Womanist/feminist/mujerista theology, Katie Geneva Cannon. This week, records belonging to the Center for Womanist Leadership at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, were transferred here for imaging.

The ultimate aim of our work is to represent in a single online...

January 19, 2021
Rev. Perla Belo, via diginitymemorial.com

Over the Christmas break we learned of the passing of Rev. Perla Dirige Belo, the first Asian American women ordained in the PC(USA). She was interviewed by Alice Brasfield in 1985 as part of a PHS series of interviews of ordained women. You can...

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