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



Notes and links from Susan Conway


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Youth Work

Another source of the ecumenical impulse was the Young Men's Christian Association founded in 1844 in London to provide a basis for religious activity among young men on a non-denominational basis. The YWCA followed in 1855. Both soon established branches throughout the world. A similar organization was the Student Christian Foundation founded in Sweden in 1895 by John R. Mott. In each case, there was a willingness to experiment with new groupings and arrangements. In fact, many leaders in the Ecumenical movement came out of these organizations.

Life and Work/Faith and Order

As the rise of Neo-Orthodoxy offered more fuel for the rising interest in Church unity, one of the significant new developments was the advent of Life and Work Conferences. The focus of these Conferences was on Christian service and ethical action. This was attractive to many Americans, because they had come to believe that "dogma divides, service unites." Many Americans believed it was best to let sleeping dogmas lie.




See also Conforming the Church to the New Millennium


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