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Atkinson, Henry Avery
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(Aug 26, 1877, Merced, Calif – 1960, New York), as a Congregationalist theologian in the USA was one of the initiators and organizers of the ecumenical movement. Atkinson was secretary of the American branch of the World Union for Church Reconciliation and from 1922 was the general secretary of the Life and Work Movement. He organized the first world conference in Stockholm in 1925 and the subsequent standing committee. Tensions arose in the 1920s when, primarily through European influence, the standing committee was restructured in…

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Frieling, Reinhard, “Atkinson, Henry Avery”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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