Three-hundred and four delegates from two-hundred and sixty-two Protestant, Anglican and orthodox churches and Christian Councils in ninety countries are attending a two-week conference of the World Council of Churches in Bangkok, Thailand.
GV Conference building exterior
SV PAN INTERIOR Delegates seated (with headphones) (6 shots)
SV Official counts raised hands
LV Chairman at microphone (2 shots)
SVs Delegates listening and Chairman speaking (2 shots)
LV & SV Delegates standing with service sheets (2 shots)
SV Indian woman addressing meeting
SV Delegates listening & talking
LV Japanese delegates making paper model of Christ
CV & SV Model placed in ??? of tree
Initials ESP/2246 ESP/2306
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Background: Three-hundred and four delegates from two-hundred and sixty-two Protestant, Anglican and orthodox churches and Christian Councils in ninety countries are attending a two-week conference of the World Council of Churches in Bangkok, Thailand. The conference, which began at the end of December, is discussing the role of Christianity - and more specifically salvation - in the modern world.
The topics discussed by the conference are based upon the experiences of their members working around the world. One of the main issues is the Vietnam conflict and how the members of the World Council of Churches can help end the war. Other subjects of discussion include the role of Church members in dealing with the "world struggle for social justice", exploitation in emerging nations, and how best to relate to the pressure within countries for better social services and education.
The conference is examining all aspects of modern society and how their group can best use these forces in furthering their missionary work.
SYNOPSIS: At this conference centre in Bangkok, Thailand, the World Council of Churches has been holding a two-week conference to discuss the role of Christianity in the modern world... Three-hundred-and-four delegates from ninety countries, representing more than two-hundred-and-fifty Christian organisations, are attending the conference which began at the end of December.
The conference is deciding what role the World Council of Churches should play in relation to a number of critical issues - all drawn from the experiences of the Council's members. One of the main topics of discussion is the Vietnam war and how the delegates can help end the conflict. The work of missionaries and how they should relate to local issues was also one of the areas discussed. What part a missionary should play in helping to better social services and education was considered in detail... But not all the activities were along such serious lines. Members of the Japanese delegation took time to create a paper ornament of Jesus.