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



Reflections on missions and Easter in India

By Eva Pascal
April 7th, 2015 in Announcements, In the Midst.

In an audio recording produced by CGCM Research Associate Cathy Corman, Barry Alter, a missionary to India for many years, reflects on the implications of the Easter story for missions in India. You can read about Barry Alter's extraordinary life as a missionary in the multimedia project, In the Midst.

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‘In the Midst': a multimedia autobiography of a missionary life

By Eva Pascal
February 10th, 2015 in Announcements, In the Midst, Uncategorized, Visiting Researchers.

The CGCM offers its resources, materials, and personnel to support a variety of unique and interesting websites. In conjunction with an international network of libraries, universities, and interested individuals, the center gathers hard-to-find materials and makes them easily accessible. Among its newest projects, the center is now hosting CGCM Visiting Researcher... More

Ecumenical Advocacy Days Scholarship

By Eva Pascal
December 2nd, 2014 in Announcements, Opportunities, SCM-USA.

The World Student Christian Federation partners every year with Ecumenical Advocacy Days, where a delegation of students represent the Student Christian Movement and the World Student Christian Federation. Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2015 will take place on April 17-20 and the theme in will be "Breaking the Chains: Mass Incarceration &... More

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Yale SCM/WSCF Exhibit Now Online!

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

The Yale Divinity Library has 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 students... More

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

By Ada Focer
October 21st, 2013 in Announcements, In the Midst, Publications, 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?

By Ada Focer
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

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Stiles’ Lecture Up on BUniverse!

By Ada Focer
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

By Ada Focer
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 we agreed... More

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Hillary Clinton: Methodist

By Ada Focer
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

By Ada Focer
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