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July 11, 2014

Bradley J. Longfield, Dean and Professor of Church History at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, spoke at the PHS General Assembly Luncheon in Detroit. In remarks before a sold-out audience at the Renaissance Center’s Ambassador Room, Dr. Longfield gave an insightful and entertaining account of the interaction of Presbyterianism and American Culture since the 17th century.

After an opening prayer by the Reverend Paul Watermulder, outgoing PHS Board of Directors’ Chair, and an introduction by Nancy Taylor, co-Acting Director of PHS, Dr. Longfield...

May 21, 2014

Sixty years ago, the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. held its 166th General Assembly in Detroit. The U.S. auto industry was booming, and the city had acquired considerable wealth and size. At the same time, however, Detroit was experiencing an “inner-city problem.” Presbyterian Life, in the May 15, 1954, issue, wanted to educate its readers and GA commissioners about these problems, even amidst the general glow of mid-1950s prosperity.

The magazine captured the great movement of people that had characterized Detroit during and after World War II. “Practically...

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