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Joseph Houldsworth Oldham

(1874—1969) missionary


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(1874–1969),

missionary statesman and leader of the Ecumenical Movement. He was secretary of the World Missionary Conference which met in Edinburgh in 1910 and of its Continuation Committee. Called upon by the missionaries to pursue with the Government the question of indentured labour in East Africa, he voiced a missionary opinion in the debate on the political future of colonial territories. In 1934 he became Chairman of the Research Commission of the Universal Christian Council for ‘Life and Work’; he thus had a leading part in the Oxford Conference of 1937 and that at Utrecht in 1938 which set up the provisional committee of the World Council of Churches.

Subjects: Christianity.


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