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March 2006: First Steps in Berlin

Photo from Collection 14, box 1, folder 7
The Congress's "March of Christian Witness" in downtown Berlin on October 30, 1966. Leading the marchers in the front row were (from left) Carl Henry (Congress chairman), The Rt. Rev. Chandu Ray (Bishop of the Anglican Church in Karachi, Pakistan), Bishop Alexander Mar Theolphilus (of the Mar Thoma Church, India), Prof. J.W. Winterhager (of the Berlin Ecumenical Seminary), Billy Grahamn (Honorary Chairman), and Supt. E.M. Helbick (of the church of Berlin - Brandenburg). Also pictured in the crowd are missionary Rachael Saint, Bishop Jack Dain, Stanley Mooneyham, Clyde Taylor, and T.W. Wilson. Photo from Collection 14, box 1, folder 6.
detail from Congress program, Collection 14, box 2, folder 6

Between October 26 and November 4, 1966, Billy Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Christianity Today sponsored the first international congress on evangelism to be convened among Evangelicals in over half a century. The World Congress on Evangelism met in Berlin with with the theme "One Race, One Gospel, One Task." Attended by 1,100 participants, this congress (now forty years ago) led the way for other international and regional meetings that took place over the subsequent decades, including the 1974 International Congress on World Evangelization in Lausanne, Switzerland (also referred to as the Lausanne Congress), the 1980 Consultation on World Evangelization in Pattaya, Thailand, and the 1983 and 1986 International Conferences for Itinerant Evangelists (also called Amsterdam '83 and Amsterdam '86).


Among the materials in the Congress collection at the Archives is the recording of "Why the Berlin Congress?", Billy Graham's message to the participants on the opening day of the meeting. Use the headphones link (right) to listen to the message using RealMedia software. While listening you can also read the transcribed text of his remarks.

For more information on the Congress or to read the description of the contents of the Archives collection, visit Collection 14 online guide . The documents described in the online guide (including papers, photographs and audio tapes), like the many others in the Archives, help tell the story of Christian witness throughout the world. They are gathered for your use and we welcome you to visit the Archives Reading Room, whether to request a folder or entire box of the Congress records, browse through the photos of the Congress events and participants, or look through other documents that interest you.


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Wheaton College 2006