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December 18, 2021

On December 9, PHS Executive Director Nancy J. Taylor, Director of Development Luci Duckson-Bramble, and Director of Communications Kristen Gaydos gathered for a conversation on Zoom and Facebook. During the event, they looked back at 2021 and shared what they're most excited about in 2022.

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November 23, 2021
The Indian School at Fort Wrangell, Alaska, ca. 1877-1907. [Pearl ID: 103135]

As the 225th General Assembly prepares to address the historic injustices toward Indigenous peoples harmed by the Presbyterian Church, PHS has turned to its collections to provide an account of Native American schools with historical ties to the PC(USA) and its predecessor

October 11, 2021 to November 15, 2021

On October 6, a PHS LIVE panel lifted up the ministries of Hispanic and Latinx Presbyterians in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).

During the event, Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace, Joanna Kim, Rev. Eliana Maxim, Rev. Juan Sarmiento, and Rev. Fernando Rodríguez shared about their ministries and discussed ways the PC(USA) can preserve the history of Hispanic and Latinx Presbyterians.

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September 28, 2021
Between 1990 and 1997, white supremacists burned over 200 Black churches in the United States.
In response to this epidemic of hate-motivated arsons, the National Council of Churches (NCC) created the Burned Churches Project. Led by Rev. Dr. Mac Charles Jones, the General Secretary’s Associate for Racial Justice, the Burned Churches Project provided...
September 20, 2021 to November 15, 2021

On September 16, 2021, PHS Records Archivist David Staniunas was joined by Rev. J. Oscar McCloud and Rev. Dr. Gene Turner for a discussion about the UPCUSA and the Angela Davis Legal Defense Fund.

In 1970, the UPCUSA—a predecessor denomination of the PC(USA)—contributed $10,000 to the legal defense of Angela Yvonne Davis. Facing blowback and seeking tranquility, twenty Black Presbyterian ministers contributed $10,000 back to the Church. Hear from two witnesses moment: Oscar McCloud, at the time staff of the Commission...

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