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September 8, 2021

-- by Reverend Blanca Estrella Otaño-Rivera--also known as Blanqui Otaño

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we are celebrating the Reverend Blanca Estrella Otaño-Rivera--also known as Blanqui Otaño--the first Hispanic clergywoman ordained in the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (UPCUSA), in June 1975.

The Reverend Otaño-Rivera was born in Lares on the island of Puerto Rico. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University...

August 19, 2021
Rocky Spring Presbyterian Church. Located about two miles west of Chambersburg, Pa. Founded in 1734. Present building erected in 1794. [Pearl ID: 14120]

The Presbyterian Historical Society strongly encourages churches to send their original records of permanent value to us to protect them from all the usual calamities that befall historic documents....

March 23, 2021

In some traditional West African religions, the crossroads represent a place of power where anything can happen.

It is fitting then that the Reverend Dr. James Herman Robinson chose to name his organization Operation Crossroads Africa because he recognized Africa as being at a figurative crossroads where one road led to rebirth and the other led to crisis. What is remarkable, however, is that the crisis he saw on the horizon was not for Africa per se but for Christian missionary efforts in Africa. In 1954, Robinson correctly identified the need for a different type of Christian...

January 15, 2021
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Fifth General Synod of the United Church of Christ., 1965. Pearl ID: 143453

There are a plethora of items in our collection that relate to racial justice, and to the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today we are choosing to highlight Dr. King’s sermon, "...

October 5, 2020

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is committed to taking a continued stand for equity and equality for all God’s people. Seeking to be a faithful witness to the need to stand and bear witness in issues of justice, the Presbyterian Voting Campaign has been created to engage, educate, and motivate people to exercise their right to vote, especially those who are a part of marginalized communities.

To support this effort, the Presbyterian Historical Society is sharing some of our resources, blogs, exhibits, and...

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