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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...

January 14, 2021

"As Christians, you expect women to serve the church. Women are the slaves of the church. Women raise money, serve as mistresses to some of you delegates at this convention--"

The speaker from the Chicago Women's Liberation Union was interrupted by noise among the delegates to the 182nd General Assembly. She went on, and was interrupted again.

"We arrange flowers, serve dinners, teach Sunday school, pour coffee, sing in the choir, and care for children while men attend conventions like this. If you will be quiet, I will continue. Your behavior is very...

November 25, 2020

From July through September 2020, as Presbyterians unwound after the first remote General Assembly and greeted the church's first indigenous moderator, part of a team that promised to bring the past forward, the nation around us haltingly, often violently, did the same thing. While basketball playoffs and the World Series and the looming threat of college football muffled the clamor in the nation, the usual programming could not drown out...

August 19, 2020

In 1970 the UPCUSA Council on Church and Race issued a $10,000 grant to the legal defense fund of Angela Davis, occasioning a furore inside the denomination that many Presbyterians remain reluctant to mention out loud to this day. In light of the tumult, a group of Black ministers contributed $10,000 of their own back to COCAR, to make the denomination whole.

In September 1972, following the UPCUSA General...

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