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Building a culture of philanthropy

The history of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is deep, and the Presbyterian Historical Society has a devoted staff of archivists, communicators, administrators, and fundraisers to ensure its collections are cared for and accessible. In this video, Luci Duckson-Bramble, director of development, shares how her work opens opportunities for Presbyterians and the public to step back in time to learn about the past and the future.

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In 1987, the Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, the first Black woman ordained in the United Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), used the term “Womanist” to explore an interpretation of the Bible connected to Black women’s liberation. Her book that followed one year later, “Black Womanist Ethics,” helped launch the field of womanist ethics.

Minute for Mission: Presbyterian Heritage Sunday

Over 14,000 Presbyterians gathered at the World Congress Center in Atlanta the evening of June 10, 1983, to hear the Declaration of Reunion and celebrate communion. After 122 years of separation, the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. (PCUS) and United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (UPCUSA) came together again in 1983 to form the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The PC(USA)’s Unification Commission hears from the two people who will be most responsible for PMA and OGA unity

On Thursday during the first day of what will be a three-day session in the conference center at the Presbyterian Center, the Unification Commission heard from the two people who will be most responsible for what a unified Office of the General Assembly and Presbyterian Mission Agency will be: the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, and the Rev. Dr. Diane Givens Moffett.

Covenant Network of Presbyterians celebrates 25 years of justice work

It was the summer of 1997 when founding co-moderators John Buchanan and Robert W. Bohl, a committed board of respected church leaders, and Covenant Network of Presbyterians’ founding executive director, Pam McLucas Byers, united Presbyterians from all theological backgrounds to pursue justice for LGBTQIA+ Presbyterians.

Presbyterian Women elects new leadership ‘for such a time as this’

Thursday’s second day of Presbyterian Women’s first-ever online triennial meeting saw goodbyes to the board leadership team and hellos to brand-new leaders; inspired preaching by the Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, president and executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (see a report here); a smattering of votes; talks by invited guests, including a California pastor who’s also the mother of a child born during the pandemic; and words of appreciation by the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Read a report on comments made by the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, by clicking here.

It’s a matter of record

Helping churches determine what’s an important congregational record and what can be stashed somewhere or even recycled was at the heart of Thursday’s webinar put on by the Presbyterian Historical Society, “Saving your Congregation’s Records.” Watch the webinar here.