“Take heed that you not be deceived." Luke 21:8

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Notes and links from Susan Conway


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Officials from mainline church denominations began to meet together at that time to understand what had happened and to seek ways for the nations of the world to communicate with one another. Churches took the lead in establishing a worldwide forum so that the nations of the world could resolve their differences before conflicts escalated into catastrophic wars.


In 1944, the Federal Council of Churches--the predecessor organization of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States--created the Commission to Study the Bases of a Just and Durable Peace. John Foster Dulles chaired the commission. Walter W. VanKirk, Bishop G. Bromley Oxnam, Ernest Tittle, Georgia Harkness, and John R. Mott were some of the Methodists who served on it. The commission issued the "Six Pillars of Peace," begun in 1943. Among other things, this document called for the creation of a United Nations structure to assure peace among the nations. The Six Pillars of Peace became part of the discussions that led to the chartering of the United Nations.




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