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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.

Lois Stair: First Woman GA Moderator

Presbyterian Elder Lois Harkrider Stair had just been elected as the first woman to serve as General Assembly moderator of a U.S. Presbyterian denomination. The year was 1971, the place Rochester, New York, and Stair was at the very beginning of a year where her every public move would be scrutinized and analyzed, applauded and criticized—both within the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. and beyond.... [click below to read full insert]

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Opening address recorded at the breakfast meeting of the United Presbyterian Women during the 184th General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church, May 20, 1972, Denver, Colorado.