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June 1, 2022
Covenant Network of Presbyterians 25th anniversary logo.

Beginning June 1, the Covenant Network of Presbyterians will roll out a churchwide celebration remembering its past, launching new efforts in the present, and taking steps to ensure the work continues as long as it is needed.

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In celebration of and in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, the Presbyterian...

April 25, 2022

In 2016, PHS began collecting records in memory of Pam Byers—the first Executive Director of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians—to document fully all sides and perspectives on the forty-year movement for ordination and marriage rights in the PC(USA). Through her generosity, faith, and commitment to justice, Pam McLucas Byers united Presbyterians across the theological spectrum in conversations about the rights of LGBTQIA+ Presbyterians.

We’re thrilled to...

February 22, 2022

--by Barry Smith

I'm the historian at Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church in Chicago, and our archives have held the David Sindt Papers since 1987. At the 1974 General Assembly, David held up a sign asking: "Is Anyone Else Out There Gay?" This led to the formation of the Presbyterian Gay Caucus which continues today as More Light Presbyterians.

The David Sindt papers contain unique documentation of the early years of this movement, and, in 2015, I began to think that...

October 29, 2021

--by Lumen Lugo-Roman

As October, LGBTQ+ history month whizzes by, discussing the relationship between members of the LGBTQIA+ community and the Presbyterian church is imperative. Though the road has been rocky, there are significant organizations within the church who have fought for LGBTQIA+ rights. An amazing example of one of these organizations was That All May Freely Serve (TAMFS). This organization founded in 1992, advocated for an inclusive and welcoming Church and for...

June 25, 2021
Presbyterian organizations preparing to walk in Chicago's Pride Parade, 1998. [Pearl ID: 153426]

As part of our Pam Byers Memorial Collection, the Presbyterian Historical Society is working to create a Pride Collection. We hope to collect stories about Presbyterian congregations and other worshiping communities that celebrated Pride in...

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