Finding Aid

World Council of Churches: General Correspondence

Published by IDC Publishers, 2005

Descriptive Summary

Title: World Council of Churches: General Correspondence.
Abstract: Correspondence relating to the ecumenical movement and the activities of the World Council of Churches, dating from the 1920s until 1966.
Languages: English, German, French, Dutch and Spanish.
Extent: 1,491 microfiches.
Ordernumber: WCC-1

Location of Originals

Originals are held by the World Council of Churches Archives in Geneva

About the World Council of Churches

The ecumenical movement represents the effort of churches divided for centuries to re-establish contact with each other, to rediscover their common heritage, to explore possibilities for collaboration, to react in situations of crisis, and to find a new place within society by participating in the foundation of a new world community. To achieve these ends, the churches founded many organizations, including the International Missionary Council in 1910, the Universal Council on Life and Work in 1925, and the Faith and Order movement in 1927. In 1938, the Life and Work and Faith and Order movements came together to form the World Council of Churches, which was officially inaugurated in Amsterdam in 1948. Today the World Council of Churches is a worldwide fellowship of churches from different traditions: Orthodox, Anglican, Old Catholic, Lutheran, Reformed, Baptist, and Pentecostal.

Scope and Content

Correspondents include Prof. Alivisatos, Archbishop Athenagoras, Karl Barth, Bishop George Bell, John C. Bennett' Bishop Berggrav, Pastor Marc Boegner, Professor Bulgakoff, Archbishop Germanos, Professor Hendrick Kraemer, Bishop Hans Lilje, Reinhold Niebuhr, Martin Niemöller, J. Oldham, Denis de Rougemont, and Archbishop William Temple. The finding aid also mentions box and folder number.

Arrangement and Organisation

The names of correspondents have been organised alphabetically. In addition to the alphabetical entries, items have been arranged according to the box and folder numbers in the actual archives in Geneva.

Index Terms

World Council of Churches -- Archives.
World Council of Churches -- Correspondence.
Ethnic relations.
Human rights -- History.
Racism -- Prevention.

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