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November 13, 2023

Billed as the first known gathering of its kind, the Just Political Economy Teleconference, held on December 3, 1983, convened a panel of experts and an audience of 2,000 Presbyterians from 36 presbytery or synod-run sites, to reckon with the idea of a Biblically just political economy.

The 1983 General Assembly had empaneled a Committee on Just Political Economy (JPE) to discern how the church would respond to the compounding crises -- unemployment, deindustrialization, homelessness -- brought on by the Reagan administration and America's nascent...

November 6, 2023

Let's look back at our work from over the summer!

We're pleased to have imaged select records of five churches via our African American Leaders and Congregations inititative: the Presbyterian Church of St. Albans (St. Albans, N.Y.), First Presbyterian Church of Jamaica (Queens, N.Y.), Hollis Presbyterian Church (Queens, N.Y.), Davie Street Presbyterian Church (Raleigh, N.C.), and Edisto Presbyterian Church (Edisto Island, S.C...

October 27, 2023
"Ohio, Or 'Sunshine' Key One of the Lower Florida Keys, Where Rachel Carson Camped While Gathering Data for Her Book, the Edge of the Sea (1955). Since Then, Half the Key Has Been Dredged and Filled for the Travel Trailer Park Seen in This Picture. Spanning the Island Is the Overseas Highway, Which Links the Key to the Mainland." (NARA Still Pictures Division, identifier 412-DA-6145) / Rachel Carson, 1943, by...
September 12, 2023

"Let's continue our worship. You're just going to have to follow the cantor," begins Dr. Melva Costen at the beginning of a seminar on African American worship, leading the group in the Zulu church song Thuma Mina. The group sings "Send me Jesus, send me Lord." Dr. Melva Wilson Costen, Presbyterian intellectual, and key source in the study of African American church music and worship, died September 8 in Atlanta. She was 90 years old.

Melva Ruby Wilson was...

September 11, 2023

Each month, the Presbyterian Historical Society is bearing witness to the lives of African American leaders throughout the history of the denomination. Click here to learn how PHS is collecting records of the Black Presbyterian experience through the African American Leaders and Congregations Initiative.

Additionally, a free bulletin insert about each figure is available for download at the end...

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