24 Life and Work, 1937 - 1979 (Subfonds)

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Dates of Existence:1937 - 1989
Administrative / Biographical history:Movement started in 1925 with the universal Christian conference on life and work in Stockholm.
Leading Force in 1938 in the formation of the WCC (in process of formation).
By its emphasis on the contribution of the laity, the Life and Work movement vastly enlarged the field of ecumenical support and endeavor, reaching into the worlds of the university, government and social life new talent and new fields of ecumenical advance.
In this sense it is fair to say that life and Work carried the ecumenical movement far beyond the confines which Faith and Order or The International Missionary Council had initially set.
From this pioneering movement flows the contemporary ecumenical concern with such issues as international relations, racism, economic justice and order, democracy, human rights and religious liberty.
Since 1989, it is called Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC)

Identity statement

Reference Code:24
Title:Life and Work
Parallel forms of name:Christianisme pratique
Praktisches Christentum


Name of creator(s):WCC Life and Work

Extent and medium

Creation Date(s):1937 - 1979
Level of description:Subfonds
Type of Archival Material:Paper
Quantity:691 boxes

Content and structure

Scope and content:In progress

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Conditions of access:Open access
Physical characteristics:Good condition

Description control

Institution identifiers:Archives of the World Council of Churches
Date of description:2003


Entries:  Life and Work (WCC Organisations\Programmes of the WCC)

Related units of description

Related units of description:see also:
212 World Alliance for Promoting International Friendship through the Churches, 1909-1948 (Fonds)

see also:
4222 Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC), 1985-2000 (Subfonds)


Permission required:None
Physical Usability:Without limits

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