Covenant Network of Presbyterians Records

Span Dates: 1987-2011
Bulk Dates: 1997-2008
Volume: 5 cubic feet


This collection contains correspondence, minutes from strategy meetings, and legal resources created by the Covenant Network of Presbyterians as the group primarily worked to revise ordination standards in the Book of Order while maintaining unity across the Presbyterian Church (USA). Most of the files were created and maintained by Pam Byers, the first Executive Director of the Covenant Network. The Meetings and Conferences series, 1997-2011, contains minutes, dockets, and planning correspondence related to strategy meetings, executive committee meetings, and board meetings of the Covenant Network. This series also contains planning notes, programs, photographs, and audiocassettes from the Covenant Network’s annual conferences hosted each November. Also included in this series are five folders of correspondence (primarily from John Buchanan or Pam Byers to other members of the Covenant Network) arranged chronologically. The correspondence includes notes on the initial formation of the Covenant Network, meeting memos, conference planning, General Assembly strategizing, and thank you letters to donors. The Legal Resources series, 1998-2008, contains subject files on cases that were brought before the Permanent Judicial Commission. These include correspondence related to the charges, accusation letters, statements of dissent, and briefs. Also included is correspondence and publications from the Covenant Network on how to handle charges brought against churches that were ordaining LGBTQIA+ Presbyterians or officiating same-sex marriages. (Note that some folders in this series are restricted as they contain sensitive information related to ordination disputes throughout the PC(USA). Inquire with the PHS Executive Director for permission to view this material.) The Subject Files series, 1987-2011, contains files on specific issues or topics that staff worked on such as passing Amendment A, responding to the Call to Sabbatical, or creating the documentary “Turning Points.” The files vary, but include correspondence, publications, news clippings, and reports.

Hist/Bio Note

The Covenant Network of Presbyterians is a broad-based, national group of clergy and lay leaders working for a church that is simultaneously faithful, just, and whole. We seek to support the mission and unity of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in a time of potentially divisive controversy. We intend to articulate and act on the church's historic, progressive vision and to work for a fully inclusive church. We are committed to finding a way both to live out the graciously hospitable gospel we have received and to live together with all our fellow members in the PC(USA). A chronology of the organization is available at their website.

Finding Aid

A finding aid is available online.


This collection held at the Presbyterian Historical Society, 425 Lombard Street, Philadelphia PA 19147-1516 USA.


Ordination/clergy | Marriage Equality | Presbyterian Church (USA) | Activist (religious institutions) | Byers, Pam