Koenig, Patricia Dykers Papers

Span Dates: 1976-2016
Bulk Dates: 1993-2010
Volume: 11.00 cubic feet (13 boxes) and 1.84 GB (488 digital files)


This collection consists of subject files, correspondence, campaign strategies, and legal briefs that document Tricia Dykers Koenig’s advocacy for the full inclusion of LGBT Presbyterians in the PC(USA). Scattered throughout the collection are notes that Koenig added to explain the material before she donated her files in 2017. The collection is divided into three series: Early Advocacy, 1991-2001; The Covenant Network, 1992-2016; and Resources on the LGBT Movement, 1976-2014. The Early advocacy series, 1991-2001, consists of subject files from Koenig’s work for LGBT rights throughout the 1990s. The Covenant Network series, 1992-2016, consists of subject files from Koenig’s time as a national organizer for the Covenant Network. The Resources on the LGBT movement series, 1976-2014 consists of publications and resources on the LGBT movement that Koenig collected throughout her advocacy work. The series contains booklets and videos created by religious initiatives that worked for LGBT inclusion such as the Shower of Stoles project, That All May Freely Serve, and the Open Hands newsletter. Also included in this series are publications and videos created by groups that worked to maintain ordination standards in the PC(USA) such as the New Wineskins Initiative, the Presbyterian Lay Committee, and the Presbyterian Coalition. Publications and resources created by the Covenant Network are in Series II, Subseries 1

Hist/Bio Note

Patricia "Tricia" Dykers Koenig was born in 1954 in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She studied religion at Duke University before receiving a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in 1980. Following graduation from seminary, she was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Tricia married Mark Koenig in 1978. The couple served United Methodist, Presbyterian, and Disciples of Christ congregations in Iowa and Ohio. Koenig became an advocate for LGBT rights within the Presbyterian Church USA after serving as a commissioner to the 203rd General Assembly, at which report of the PC (USA) Committee on Human Sexuality was discussed. Subsequently, she led the Noble Road Session voted to identify as a More Light church; served as a member of the steering committee for the Unity Through Diversity project, a joint initiative of the MLCN and Presbyterians for Lesbian and Gay Concerns (PLGC); served on the board of the More Light Presbyterians; and served as a national organizer for The Covenant Network The bulk of the collection is open for research. Access is restricted to some folders in Series II, Subseries 1, 2, and 3 (see the Collection Inventory section of the online Collection Guide section for folders and restriction dates) Digitized versions of parts of all of this collection are available at Presbyterian Historical Society

Finding Aid

An online finding aid is available. The digital components of the collection are also available online at: https://digital.history.pcusa.org/islandora/search/%22rg%20515%22?type=dismax


This collection is available at the Presbyterian Historical Society archives at 425 Lombard St Philadelphia, PA 19147


Ally | Presbyterian Church (USA) | Shower of Stoles Project | That All May Freely Serve (TAMFS) | Covenant Network of Presbyterians | Activist (religious institutions)