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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...

April 25, 2022

In the Spring of 2020, PHS documented moments of hope amidst the COVID-19 pandemic through our Easter Sermon Collection. Later that year, the country grieved and grappled with its legacy of racial violence in the wake of the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.

As stewards of history, we at PHS have a responsibility to not only document what has happened in the past, but to recognize the history we are living through today. Moved by the nationwide protests that...

April 19, 2022
Newspaper clippings during John Fife's conviction and trial.

Forty years ago, Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Arizona, publicly declared itself a sanctuary for people fleeing war in Central America, defying U.S. immigration authorities, and challenging us all to love our neighbor.

After five hours of discussion at a congregation meeting in January 1982, the vote was called: 79-2 in favor. Southside would declare itself a sanctuary two years after the assassination of...

April 19, 2022

Dear friends,

As we write this in the early Spring of 2022, we live in hope that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is behind us.

Reflecting on last year, we remember that 2021 was indeed shaped by COVID-19—both by the promise of widespread vaccinations and the prevalence of the Delta and Omicron variants that tempered our return to “normal.” At the Presbyterian Historical Society, we leaned heavily on creativity, flexibility, and perseverance to continue our work. As the national archives of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), we...

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