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August 28, 2020
Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA, 2020. Photo by J. Barr.

Part one of this two-part series focused on the history of the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, considering it within the context of the past trends and controversies experienced by congregations across the denomination. This post looks at the church's contemporary life--its current ministry, engagement with the...

May 21, 2020
 
--by Chris Ludd

The Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church stands nobly at the corner of Germantown and Mt. Pleasant Avenues, in Philadelphia's northwest. A part of the community for well over a century, the church has a history that connects to one of the most prominent Presbyterian churches in Philadelphia, the Market Square Church.

From before its formal organization in 1880 to the present, the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church evolved from a small Bible study group born from...

April 28, 2020

--By John C.B. Webster

These guidelines, which I hope will help others working on congregation histories, are offered after completing three very different projects: two Baptist congregation histories and one Presbyterian congregation history. One was for a 250th anniversary, the second a 175th anniversary, and the third a 50th anniversary. (One was published, with an important appendix, in the Spring 2017 issue of the American Baptist Quarterly, pp. 69-87.) These...

April 20, 2020

--by Douglas McVarish

The voluminous sets of records saved by Rev. James L. Doom and the Board of National Ministries, which are now archived at PHS, paint a detailed picture of the influences on the designs of post-World War II Southern Presbyterian churches, as we began to discuss in a previous blog post. Doom’s office files were divided into two major categories: architects and congregations. The architect files document Doom’s...

April 8, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, churches across the nation are showing themselves to be beacons of hope—providing food and social services, pastoral care, and online worship.

One way the Presbyterian Historical Society is responding to this unprecedented moment is by gathering and curating 2020 Easter Sunday worship services and sermons from PC(USA) congregations and other worshipping communities. Many will be published in our online archives, so that the whole denomination can have a central clearinghouse for a body of...

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