SCM-USA Project

The SCM-USA Project will organize the recovery of the memory of the Student Christian Movement in the United States and argue that it constitutes a major tributary of American Protestantism neither liberal nor conservative that was characterized not by theology or doctrine but by common spiritual practices that shaped the life of the SCM-formed ecumenical community around the world. Because of the deep spiritual bonds students formed across barriers of difference, the SCM became a cultural innovator as the country became more heterogeneous. Although the University Christian Movement, the last organizational embodiment of the SCM in the USA disbanded in 1969, the impact of the movement continues to be felt in churches, universities, and non-governmental organizations working to address human needs around the world.

Project Director: Ada Focer

Yale SCM/WSCF Exhibit Now Online!

June 19th, 2014 in Announcements, SCM history, SCM-USA.

The Yale Divinity Library has just posted a terrific online exhibit on the Student Christian Movement. Followers of the CGCM website and activity know that we are vitally concerned with reclaiming the memory of the Student Christian Movement in the United States. From the 1880s to 1969, it invited college... More

Cathy Corman on Hollinger’s “After Cloven Tongues of Fire”

October 21st, 2013 in Announcements, In the Midst, Reviews.

UC Berkeley history professor emeritus David Hollinger describes in After Cloven Tongues of Fire his encounter with an essay of sinologist Joseph R. Levenson. “This essay,” Hollinger writes, “helped me formulate […] the chief questions on which I have worked for forty years. Levenson came at the right time for... More

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Culture Warrior?

March 22nd, 2013 in In the Midst, SCM-USA.

I was horrified upon finishing the audio recording of Eric Metaxas’s biography of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer -- Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy -- to learn that Metaxas had an agenda in writing the biography that a) never occurred to me, and b) seems entirely at odds with Bonhoeffer’s own... More

Stiles’ Lecture Up on BUniverse!

February 13th, 2013 in Announcements, motive.

The lecture 60's-era motive editor B.J. Stiles gave at the School of Theology fall semester, "motive Magazine: Methodism's Icon and Albatross," is now available for viewing at BUniverse!

Journey to Here

December 22nd, 2012 in In the Midst, SCM-USA.

Several years ago, Roz – a beloved college friend – and I toured the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. It was a first trip for both of us. We were impressed by the ways curators had organized materials to tell so many riveting stories, and... More

Hillary Clinton: Methodist

November 26th, 2012 in motive, SCM-USA.

A new Washington Post story about Hillary Clinton's time as Secretary of State describes her as "a wonky Methodist who believes she is supposed to make good things happen." Clinton has in the past credited motive magazine as an important formative influence. You can find the story here.

New WSCF web-posters capture its Legacy

October 31st, 2012 in SCM history, SCM-USA.

The WSCF just put out a few great new web-posters through Facebook that perfectly capture the astonishing degree to which the WSCF was at the forefront of the need to humanize modernity and globalization because of the experience of participating in a transnational and transcultural network and point-of-view grounded in... More

Income Inequality in Election Years Past

October 31st, 2012 in motive.

A cartoon by motive cartoonist Jim Crane in 1960 and a print by Robert Hodgell in 1968 both address the issue of income inequality and how people think about their money. Either could have been done yesterday. The Hodgell print was included in a recent Eckerd College exhibit, "Robert Hodgell... More

motive Editor and Cartoonist Meet Again!

October 30th, 2012 in Announcements, motive, SCM-USA.

With support from the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, 1960s-era motive magazine editor, B.J. Stiles, and Ada Focer, Research Director of CGCM, were able to travel to St. Petersburg, Florida to meet with 1950s and 1960s-era motive artist Jim Crane, best known for his cartoons, and... More

SCM-USA to hold Ecojustice Symposium in NYC Nov. 9-10

October 4th, 2012 in SCM-USA.

The following announcement just arrived at CGCM: The SCM-USA/WSCF-NA Northeast Regional Symposium on the theme of eco-justice local activism will be held on November 9-10, 2012 at St John’s in the Village Episcopal Church and the Center for Spiritual Life of New York University in New York City. This gathering will... More