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November 15, 2016

Several years ago, my children and I began keeping a “Gratitude Journal.” Most evenings we write down the things and people and moments from our day for which we give thanks. As I enter my eighteenth month as the executive director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s national archives, I’m taking a moment to note some of the many reasons I am grateful for PHS. 

PHS Reading Room, September 2016.

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November 13, 2014

Before we give thanks for our many blessings this Thanksgiving season, let us set the record straight[1] about one aspect of the Pilgrim story. The Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth in 1620 were not Puritans. Most were Anglicans (who had little desire to change the Church of England) or Separatists (who wanted to leave the Church entirely).

Another common misconception is that all early Presbyterians in the American Colonies were Scots-Irish. In fact, a vital branch of Presbyterian history was formed by those same English emigrants we just...

November 18, 2011

From the Executive Director...

Fall is the traditional season of stewardship for churches and many non-profit institutions. Many are familiar with the experience of raising funds for institutions in order to fulfill a particular mission.

A focus only on raising funds misses the point of our Reformed understanding of stewardship. As Reformed Christians, we demonstrate that understanding by giving of our time, our talents, as well as our sacred resources. Too frequently, I suspect, we fail to give thanks for those who have shared their gifts of time and...

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