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Oldham, Joseph Houldsworth

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Author(s): Clements, Keith
[German Version] (Oct 10, 1874, Bombay – May 16, 1969, St. Leonards-on-Sea, England), ecumenical pioneer (Ecumene). As a student at Oxford, Oldham was drawn into the evangelical student mission movement, and went on to serve the Young Men’s Christian Association in Lahore (Punjab) for three years. After theological studies at Edinburgh and Halle an der Saale, he worked as missions educator in the Free Church of Scotland. J.R. Mott recruited him as organizing secretary for the World Missionary Conf…


(367 words)

Author(s): Clements, Keith
[English Version] Oldham, Joseph Houldsworth (10.10.1874 Bombay – 16.5.1969 St. Leonards-on-Sea, England), Pioniergestalt der Ökumene. Als Student in Oxford wurde O. von der evangelikalen Studentenmission stark beeinflußt und war anschließend drei Jahre für den YMCA (Christlicher Verein Junger Menschen) in Lahore (Punjab) tätig. Nach seinem Theologiestudium in Edinburgh und Halle/S. arbeitete er in der Missionarsausbildung der Free Church of Scotland. J.R. Mott sorgte für seine Ernennung zum Sekretä…


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Author(s): Frost, Herbert | Clements, Keith W.
1. Polity The term “Congregationalism” is used in both a more general and a more specific sense. In the former, it denotes a type of church polity in which episcopal and synodic elements have no place, with authority being concentrated in the local congregation and with extralocal conferences having only an advisory function. Today most Baptists, Quakers (Friends, Society of), the Disciples of Christ (Christian Church [Disciples of Christ]), and individual free churches are Congregationalists in this sense (see 2). In the more specific sense the reference is to a fellowship…