This Week In History

July 15, 1988

On July 15, 1988, the organization called Presbyterian Women was formally created following the 1983 merger of the Northern and Southern churches. The group combined the United Presbyterian Women (UPCUSA) and Women of the Church (PCUS).

July 17, 1684

On July 17, 1684, Isaac Watts was born in Southampton, England. Known as the "Father of English Hymnody," Watts published his first two song books — Hymns (1707) and Psalms of David (1719). Watts is credited with writing about 750 hymns.

July 20, 1648

On July 20, 1648, the Westminster Larger Catechism was adopted by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland at Edinburgh.