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National Councils of Churches
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[German Version]

National councils of churches and national Christian councils first emerged among Protestants as corporate forms and instruments of the ecumenical movement. Where the gospel must be proclaimed to the nation in word and deed but the separated churches have not yet found unity of faith and action, these interim instruments are needed. The year 1908 saw the birth of the Federal Council of Churches in the United States and 1948 the birth of the Council of Christian Churches in Germany. Within the framework of the International Missionary Council, such national Christian…

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Weber, Hans-Ruedi, “National Councils of Churches”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 February 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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