|Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary|
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series in rough chronological order.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains preparatory documents, minutes of meetings, committee reports, pamphlets, presentations from conferences, and other material relating to the Universal Christian Council for Life and Work.
Burke Library record group:
William Adams Brown Ecumenical Library Archives
Using the Collection
Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Information concerning copyright, fair use, and reproduction requests can be consulted at Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office.
Item description, WAB: Universal Christian Council for Life and Work records, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
WAB: World Council of Churches records, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
This collection is part of the William Adams Brown Ecumenical Library Archives, which was founded in 1945 by the Union Theological Seminary Board of Directors. Given that they include notes and correspondence from W. A. Brown, they may be the material he gathered from his involvement in the council rather than institutional records.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The exact provenance of this collection is unknown.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Metal clips and staples were removed from materials and folded items were flattened. Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. The finding aid was created by Cécile Queffélec and Brigette C. Kamsler in 2014 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2022.
2022-03-01 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The Life and Work Movement was started after World War One by the preparation of the Universal Christian Conference on Life and Work held in Stockholm in 1925. It was an Ecumenical attempt for Orthodox and Protestant churches to try and reach consensus about the practical activities of Church and their relationship to states and society. A continuation committee and then the more organized Universal Christian Council for Life and Work carried on the work of the Stockholm conference through several meetings and research activities. This culminated to the Oxford Conference on Church, Community and State in 1937. The Life and Work Movement was a part of the Ecumenical movements of the early 20th century that led to the creation of the World Council of Churches in 1937-1938. It was merged in the World Council of Churches, along with the Faith and Order Movement.