Vida Dutton Scudder was the daughter of a wealthy Massachusetts family, whose father had been a Congregationalist missionary in India. Vida converted to the Episcopal Church and was Anglo-Catholic in theology. "She made the hackles of privileged Americans rise when socialism became her credo, especially as she later borrowed a few leaves from the Marxist scriptures. But her brand of red-in-parts socialism owed far less to Das Kapital than to Anglo-Catholic theologising about how faith should affect society". Shortly after joining the faculty of Wellesley College, with a group of women friends, she started organizing the College Settlements Associations in 1889.
Dr. Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, visited the dioceses of Chicago and Los Angeles in May 1996 where he visited a number of the outreach ministries of both dioceses, including work with AIDS patients.