World Council Of Churches

  • S. H. Steinberg
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The World Council of Churches was formally constituted on 23 Aug., 1948, at Amsterdam, by an assembly composed of 351 delegates representing 147 churches from 44 countries, which met from 22 Aug. to 2 Sept. The principal trends leading up to the World Council of Churches may be summarized as follows:—
  1. (i)

    Co-operation in overseas missionary work of Protestant churches. The World Conference on Christian Missions, held at Edinburgh in 1910, was followed in 1921 by the establishment of the International Missionary Council. This Council held world conferences at Jerusalem in 1928 and at Tambaram (Madras) in 1938–39.

  2. (ii)

    The Faith and Order movement, which seeks to study the outstanding differences of belief and practice separating Christian churches, was founded under the initiative of Charles Brent, Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the U.S.A. in the Philippines. This movement held world conferences at Lausanne in 1927 and Edinburgh in 1937.

  3. (iii)

    The Life and Work movement, which promoted common Christian study and action with regard to the social, political and economic problems of the time, was founded largely under the leadership of Nathan Soderblom, Archbishop of Uppsala. World conferences were held at Stockholm in 1925 and at Oxford in 1937.



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