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


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motive for Change

By driOctober 21st, 2015in motive

On September 16, 2015 a digital run of all the motive magazines went live; all, that is, but one. The final issue had notoriously been blocked by the United Methodist Church from being printed. To commemorate motive's digitization, B. J. Stiles, the last editor of motive magazine, donated his prints of that final... More

School of Theology and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry Collaborate to Launch Digital Archive of motive Magazine

By driSeptember 15th, 2015in Ada Focer, Announcements, motive, Publications, Research

by Betty Elrod “The magazine, motive, challenged me beyond natural ability.” Jeanne Audrey Powers On September 16, Boston University School of Theology and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry will celebrate the launch of a website that digitizes motive magazine and makes it accessible to a new generation of scholars and leaders. motive magazine... More

Rethinking Methodism

In a recent essay, Chris Evans explored important questions scholars need to raise when they think about American Methodism, particularly after the Civil War. One way to reconsider the role of Methodism, Evans argued, would be to look at the role of Methodist young people, citing the motive magazine as a rich and... More

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

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

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!

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