Pam Byers Memorial Collection
The Pam Byers Memorial Collection (PBMC) documents all sides and perspectives on the forty-year movement for gay ordination and LGBTQ marriage rites in the church. The collection includes personal papers, organization records, oral histories, audio-visual materials, and websites.
Collection materials and resources are described below.
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Explore Pearl online digital materials, PHS blog posts and stories, and PHS Living History videos. Also clickable: links to a timeline of LGBTQIA+ history in the PC(USA), catalog records and collection guides of PBMC processed and accessioned collections, publications using PBMC materials, and additional resources.
Smith, David Brandon. 2022. "Calling the Question: The Role of Ministries of Presence and Polity Principles in the Struggle for LGBTQIA+ Inclusion, Ordination, and Marriage in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Its Predecessor Denominations" Religions 13, no. 11: 1119. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13111119
Wilkinson, John. 2020. "Peace, Unity, and Purity and the Presbyterian Church's Fifty-Year Journey on Human Sexuality" Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 74, no. 3: 275-288. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020964320921966