The World Council: From the Sacred to the Secular

The Third Assembly of the World Council of Churches took place in 1961; in mood and spirit, it might have been 50 years away from the Fourth Assembly. At New Delhi, World Council delegates were still primarily concerned with the ecclesiastical and theological problems of church union. The marching orders issued by the Fourth Assembly in Uppsala, which ended last week, were primarily secular rather than sacred. In a series of concrete, specific resolutions, the 700 delegates from 235 Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox churches at the Uppsala meeting called upon their fellow Christians to redirect their attention to the...

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