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

As part of our LGBTQIA+ History Collecting Initiative, 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 2021 or in...

June 17, 2021

In 1978, several churches took issue to a ruling by the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. General Assembly. The assembly had ruled that although LGBTQIA+ people could join churches, they could not serve in official leadership roles. The churches that heard this ruling and were determined to stand against it began to declare themselves “More Light” churches. The name More Light came from a quote in John Robinson’s Farewell Address that said that God had...

May 11, 2021

On April 15, 2021 PHS welcomed Barry Smith, the historian of Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church in Chicago, who describe his personal experience working with the David Sindt Papers and knowing David.

David Sindt (1940-1986) was the founder of Presbyterians for Lesbian/Gay Concerns, which is still working today as More Light Presbyterians. In the early 1970s, Sindt...

January 22, 2020

In September 2018, I was hired as the Pam Byers Memorial Fund Project Archivist to work full-time on collecting and making accessible the history of the movement for LGBTQIA+ inclusion in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. Thanks to the generosity of donors and the willingness of Presbyterians to participate in this project, PHS has been able to add a substantial amount of material to our collections that document LGBTQIA+ history from the late 1960s until today. 


September 16, 2019
William Phelps Thompson clippings and photographs, 1966. Pearl ID: 1947

--by Dean H. Lewis

William Phelps Thompson, the Kansas lawyer who was elected Moderator and then Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, was not noted for admitting error. However, in an October 15, 1991 letter, he publicly acknowledged having changed his mind on a contentious issue on which his earlier position had been critical.

The 1978 United Presbyterian General...

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