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February 17, 2022
Moderators Harold R. Martin and Robert N. Montgomery shake hands during march. Pearl ID: islandora:7479

On May 27, 1958, in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Presbyterians gathered at the 170th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A; at the same time, the United Presbyterian Church of North America celebrated a centennial anniversary at their 100th General Assembly. The two events were held just miles away from each other....

February 17, 2022
Lawrence W. Bottoms. Left: Pearl ID 6631, undated; Right: Pearl ID 7393, undated.

At sixty-six years young, Lawrence Wendell Bottoms was appointed as Moderator of the Presbyterian Church...

April 16, 2021
Lois Stair, General Assembly 183, Rochester, NY, 1971. [Pearl ID: 175778]

“Well, here I am, filled with amazement and gratitude, and standing in need of prayer.” 

Presbyterian Elder Lois Harkrider Stair had just been elected as the first woman to serve as General Assembly moderator of a U.S. Presbyterian denomination. The year was...

February 8, 2021

--originally published in Presbyterian Heritage, Spring 2020

On May 27, 1970, fasting commissioners at the 182nd General Assembly of the UPCUSA in Chicago assigned their meal money—$5,178.60—to the newly created National Committee on the Self-Development of People.

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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...

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