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October 13, 2017

The Ken Burns and Lynne Novick documentary, The Vietnam War, has inspired us[1] to share information about our collection materials that pertain to the war.

Both the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (UPCUSA) and the Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS) reflected upon and studied the conflict vis-à-vis Christian ethics. Both predecessor denominations to the PC(USA) also issued policies, statements, and recommendations...

April 16, 2014
Banish anxiety from your mind, and put away pain from your body; for youth and the dawn of life are vanity. –Ecclesiastes 11:10

Ah but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now. –Bob Dylan

American Presbyterians prepared for the youth movement of the late 1960s a decade in advance. Responding to the radical changes in American families and society at large following the Second World War – the growth of suburbs, the dominance of the automobile, the power of teen culture – the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Board of...

April 11, 2014

With only two months until the 221st PC(USA) General Assembly in Detroit, here is an incomplete list of online resources for those interested in all things GA. Please submit comments or any other useful resource links that may have been omitted.  

General Assembly

March 15, 2014


Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Wordpress, Yelp, YouTube, and Google have become essential tools for communicating with larger audiences. If you're like many people you've accepted terms of use for dozens of such online services--some of which may cause you problems down the line, especially if you've created an account on behalf of your organization.

Social media platforms are notorious for lengthy terms of service (ToS); besides Tumblr's latest revision, I've yet to find a ToS that is inviting or exciting to read. Still, when pushing your...

January 10, 2014

In 2013, the Presbyterian Historical Society launched an Adopt-a-Document campaign to conserve the largest and most complex historical object it has ever restored: a 300-page, 5-inch-thick photograph album and scrapbook created by the trailblazing leprosy physician, Dr. Eugene Roland Kellersberger. Kellersberger was a Presbyterian Church in the United States medical missionary to the Congo from 1916 to 1940. During that time he documented his experiences treating leprosy and living in the Congo through photographs, notes, and sketches, all of which he kept in this oversized album....

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