The Anglican Archdeacon of Capetown, Dr. Cecil Wood, arrived in Geneva, Switzerland, Apr 13, to?
The Anglican Archdeacon of Capetown, Dr. Cecil Wood, arrived in Geneva, Switzerland, Apr 13, to attend a meeting of the World Council of Churches - meeting to consider what action to take in response to request from many countries concerning the South African situation. Later, the Council announced that it will send one of its four associate general secretaries to South Africa immediately, to personally consult with leaders of all member churches.
After the meeting, Dr. Visser't Hooft- Council's general secretary - said that Archdeacon Wood had brought a message from the Archbishop of Capetown, Dr. Joost de Blank, proposing that the World Council should "reaffirm the stand against discrimination it had taken at its 1954 assembly, and that it should send to South Africa a small commission to investigate the underlying cause of the present outbreak and disturbances from the Christian standpoint."
The World Council reiterated its 1954 attitude on race relations, and condemned all forms of segregation or discrimination, urging member churches "to work for their abolition within their own life and within society."