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Heritage Sunday

Every year, Presbyterians celebrate Heritage Sunday, a day to reflect upon and learn more about the long and rich history of the Presbyterian church in America.

Heritage Sunday always falls on the Sunday closest to May 21, the opening date of the first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America in 1789. Use the resources below to plan a celebration for your congregation, download free bulletin inserts, and learn more about Presbyterian history.

"Is Anyone Else Out There Gay?" 

Fifty years ago, at the 1974 General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (UPCUSA), David Sindt rose from his seat and bravely and hopefully held up a sign with a single question. Two years before, in 1972, Sindt, an ordained minister and openly gay man, was called by Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church to serve as assistant pastor to the congregation. However...[click below to read and download this year's free bulletin insert]

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Barry Smith recalls meeting David Sindt, founder of Presbyterians for Lesbian and Gay Concerns.

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