"Edited by Dr. Percy Dearmer, Canon of Westminster".
"The issue, indeed, is simple. The motives and methods of human life are not sufficiently moralised: it was to moralise the machinery of production, to limit the power of selfishness, that Wilberforce and Shaftesbury were working a century ago; and the whole world now enjoys what Christians then won: but in many ways industry and business, and family life, and civic and political activity, need further moralisation. Money -- the necessary use of tokens of exchange -- has been overlooked in its moral aspect (in spite of what Christ said about it) .... And, alas, there was one aspect of human life which was not understood a hundred years ago; and to this our present miseries are mainly due. The very word 'international' had then only just been coined by Jeremy Bentham. The whole conception of moralising international relations was in its infancy. So the world went on to its doom. So, because the nations and their representatives have not yet learnt the elements of international behaviour, we stand at this moment of writing on the brink of irretrievable disaster. It is in a very real sense true that only Christ can save the world from ruin to-day. Are we prepared to let his spirit save the nations from themselves ?" -- Preface, p. 10-11.
Contents: Preface By the Editor / Percy Dearmer -- Introductory: "Christ or Chaos ?" -- 1. Vindication / E.A. Burroughs -- 2. The Demands of the Ordinary Man / Albert Mansbridge -- Part I: The Present Chaos -- 1. The Intellectual and Moral Confusion / W.R. Matthews -- 2. The Confusion in Literature / Richard Ellis Roberts -- 3. The Social and Economic Confusion / P.T.R. Kirk -- 4. The Confusion in International Relations / J. Howard B. Masterman -- Part II: What Christianity Is -- 1. The Secret of Christ / Charles E. Raven -- 2. Christ's Conception of the Kingdom of God / Arthur Herbert Gray -- 3. The Original Fellowship Idea of the Christian Church / Joseph Wellington Hunkin -- 4. The Christian View of Man as Social / S.J. Bezzant -- 5. Christianity and History: -- a) General Development / Malcolm Spencer -- b) Social Progress and the Continental Churches / A.E. Garvie -- c) The Stockholm Conference / G.K.A. Bell -- 6. Uniting the Christian Forces / Edward S. Woods -- 7. What the Church is Doing: Social Activities / S.E. Keeble -- Part III: The Christian Solution -- 1. Personal and Family Life / A.A. David -- 2. Education / Charles Grant Robertson -- 3. The Social and Economic Order -- a) The Basis of Exchange / Hewlett Johnson -- b) Civic and Industrial Reform / J. Morgan Rees -- c) Individual Function and the Community / E. C. Urwin -- d) Labour and Leisure / A. Maude Royden -- e) The Rebirth of the Village / W. Beach Thomas -- 4. The State and Constructive Citizenship / W.G.S. Adams -- 5. The World of International Affairs -- a) Christianity and the League of Nations / Lord Dickinson -- b) The Crisis and the East / J.B. Raju -- c) Disarmament / Cosmo Gordon Lang -- d) A Christian Peace Policy / E.N. Porter Goff -- 6. Is There an Alternative ? -- a) Scientific Humanism and Religions of Life / H.G. Wood -- b) Industrial Secularism / Maurice B. Reckitt -- c) Communist Secularism / Nicolai A. Berdiaeff -- 7. The Church in the World: Failures and Opportunities / F.R. Barry -- 8. The Conclusion of the Matter / William Temple -- Index.
Colophon: Printed in Great Britain by The Camelot Press Ltd., London and Southampton". -- verso of t.-p.
"This is an account of some 25 years of what is now known as Urban Rural Mission. .... What is attempted here is to give an introductory account ... of the years since the WCC's New Delhi Assembly in 1961 which have seen a direct association between the WCC and `urban industrial' or `urban rural' mision. The basic rationale of UIM/URM -- as set out with deceptive simplicity, for example, in a 1969 document -- was to `explore new forms of Christian mission' in the context of modern society. The purpose was to help the development of the policies of the WCC and constituent churches with regard to mission and ministry, in the hope that `these explorations would discover the need for changes in current missionary policies' as well as `possibly indicating a more definitive role for the WCC in global economic, political and social decisions'. .... The awkwardness of the name (the earlier Urban Industrial Mission was just as peculiar) is an indication of the difficulty of trying to define this small section of the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME), itself one of the four sub-units within the WCC's Faith and Witness unit." -- pp. xi-xii.
"The stories gathered here have come from Christians related to a network of people who seek missionary faithfulness in urban, industrial and rural settings. In one way or another they participate in a worldwide fellowship sustained through national and regional contact groups related to the WCC Commission on World Mission and Evangelism's Urban Rural Mission office." -- Intro., p. [v].
Contents: Bombay : Three Million People Seek Housing Security -- Vieques : David versus Goliath in Puerto Rico -- Switzerland : Marginalization amid Prosperity -- Questions in a Zambian Village -- Canadian Urban Training : Beyond the Familiar -- "Workers are People" : UIM in South Korea -- Strangers in our Midst : Korean Workers in Germany -- USA : Old Issues, New Forms -- Intensive Social Service in Cordoba, Argentina -- Crossroads : Community Survival in South Africa.
Appendices include: 1: Mission and Evangelism : a URM Position Paper -- 2: Decolonizing Theology.
"It was in the Mexico Conference on World Mission and Evangelism of the World Council of Churches in 1963 that the six-continent approach to the emerging challenge of Urban-Industrial Mission was first emphasized. .... One of the most joyful facts of this brief ten years of history of Urban-Industrial Mission since the Mexico Conference is the uprising here and there of grass-roots people, those who are neglected, disinherited and oppressed, at the very bottom of society. .... In this booklet we have gathered specific cases of Urban-Industrial Mission in the six continents and included some of its basic perspectives and methods of operation. .... This booklet was prepared by the Advisory Committee of the Urban-Industrial Mission Desk of the World Council of Churches". -- Preface.
Contents: Preface / Masao Takenaka, Chairman of the UIM Advisory Group -- Scene: the phenomenon of migration -- Story: Some case studies -- Tema Industrial Mission, Ghana -- Zone One Tondo Organization, Philippines -- Michael Jones Community Ltd., England -- Centro Urbano: Nueva Parroquia, Argentina -- Mission Coalition Organization, USA -- Joint Action against Copper Mining in Puerto Rico -- Sviluppo II Community, Sicily -- Sign: the role of the Church -- Stream: the involvement of UIM -- Africa -- Asia -- Europe -- Latin America -- North America -- Song -- Notes -- Picture credits -- Further reading.