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December 18, 2021

On December 9, PHS Executive Director Nancy J. Taylor, Director of Development Luci Duckson-Bramble, and Director of Communications Kristen Gaydos gathered for a conversation on Zoom and Facebook. During the event, they looked back at 2021 and shared what they're most excited about in 2022.

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October 11, 2021 to November 15, 2021

On October 6, a PHS LIVE panel lifted up the ministries of Hispanic and Latinx Presbyterians in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).

During the event, Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace, Joanna Kim, Rev. Eliana Maxim, Rev. Juan Sarmiento, and Rev. Fernando Rodríguez shared about their ministries and discussed ways the PC(USA) can preserve the history of Hispanic and Latinx Presbyterians.

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September 20, 2021 to November 15, 2021

On September 16, 2021, PHS Records Archivist David Staniunas was joined by Rev. J. Oscar McCloud and Rev. Dr. Gene Turner for a discussion about the UPCUSA and the Angela Davis Legal Defense Fund.

In 1970, the UPCUSA—a predecessor denomination of the PC(USA)—contributed $10,000 to the legal defense of Angela Yvonne Davis. Facing blowback and seeking tranquility, twenty Black Presbyterian ministers contributed $10,000 back to the Church. Hear from two witnesses moment: Oscar McCloud, at the time staff of the Commission...

July 21, 2021

On July 15, 2021, Records Archivist David Staniunas hosted a webinar on Zoom and Facebook Live about preserving original records of PC(USA) congregations.

Almost uniquely among large national archives, PHS collects and preserves records at the local level, bringing in more than 200 churches’ records in more than 350 cubic feet every year. In this webinar, David Staniunas shared simple tricks and lifehacks for keeping your original records decently and in order before they are...

June 21, 2021

On June 10, 2021 PHS welcomed editors from The Journal of Presbyterian History who discussed two special issues of the publication.

In 2021, The Journal of Presbyterian History focuses on “The Dynamics of Indigenization” in global Christian communities. JPH Senior Editors James H. Moorhead and Nancy J. Taylor were joined by guest editors Bonnie Sue Lewis, Heather J. Sharkey, and Connie Shemo. The special issues honor Lamin Sanneh (1942-2019), whose scholarship illuminated how Christianity “translated” into diverse global cultures, and feature current...

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