The 1st young people's Christian Endeavor soc. was organized February 2, 1881, by F. E. Clark* in the Williston Cong. Ch. Portland, Maine. As socs. multiplied the movement became interdenom. The United Soc. (nat. union of the US and Can.) was organized 1885. Soon socs. sprang up in India, China, Eng. Australia, and elsewhere. The Internat. Soc. of Christian Endeavor covers N and S. Am. The World's Christian Endeavor Union, organized 1895, is the overall organization. At the 1906 Geneva world convention a platform was adopted requiring active mems. to pledge faith in Christ, open acknowledgment of Christ, service for Christ, loyalty to Christ's ch. The organization stresses spirituality, catholicity, loyalty, fellowship, missions, philanthropies. Headquarters: Columbus, Ohio Periodical: The Christian Endeavor World.
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