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Reformation Sunday

Presbyterians celebrate the tradition that grounds their faith on Reformation Sunday. It is always the last Sunday in October, marking the occasion in 1517 when Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany.

1963: A Year of Reform

On July 4, 1963, Stated Clerk of the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (UPCUSA) Rev. Eugene Carson Blake and African American Elder Furman Templeton approached Gwynn Oaks Amusement Park in Baltimore. The pair, along with other civil rights activists, were arrested for trespassing. Download this year's church bulletin insert that explores 1963 as a year of reform within the Presbyterian Church.

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Download a Reformation Sunday advertisement for your church newsletter: JPEG | PDF

The church had cameras rolling, and a 16mm film, with some of Blake's speeches on civil rights dubbed over it, was widely distributed. You can see PHS's copy below.