George K. A. Bell’s and Willem A. Visser 't Hooft's Common Life-Work in the Service of the Church Universal – Mirrored in their Correspondence

Author: Gerhard Besier
Date Of Publication: September 2015

ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-8006-0 (Part One), 978-1-4438-8011-4 (Part Two)
ISBN: 1-4438-8006-X (Part One), 1-4438-8011-6 (Part Two)

The Anglican Bishop George Kennedy Allan Bell (Chichester) and the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, Willem A. Visser ’t Hooft (Geneva), exchanged hundreds of letters between 1938 and 1958.

The correspondence, reproduced and commented here, mirrors the efforts made across the ecumenical movement to unite the Christian churches and also to come to terms with an age of international crisis and conflict. In these first decades of the World Council it was widely felt that the Church could make a noteworthy contribution to the mitigation of political tensions all over the world.

That’s why Bell and Visser’t Hooft talked not only to bishops and the clergy but also to the prime ministers and presidents of many countries. They raised their voices in memoranda and published their public letters in important newspapers.

This was the World Council’s most successful period.


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