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About the Global Archives

The Global Archives of the Ecumenical Institute and Institute of Cultural Affairs

WELCOME:  Read these Caveats before proceeding!!

We were not original thinkers. We borrowed many concepts and ideas.

Most all of the items in this archive are in the first instance internal documents,  They contain language not in common use.

By and large, we were “ordinary people” Few of us were accomplished writers or academics.

A lot of us, especially early on, were what today we would call “privileged” — we came from backgrounds with resources and mindsets that gave us voice.

The resources in this collection are part of the “whole cloth” of our communal experience.  Few are concentrated on a single topic, they twist and turn between strategies, spiritual insights and insider remarks.

A word about THE GLOBAL ARCHIVE PROJECT.  This archive records the collective experience of the several thousand people who took an active part in the thinking, organization and actions of the institutes up until 1988 — the work of the spirit movement (1966), the order (1967), the Ecumenical Institute of Chicago (1954) and the Institute of Cultural Affairs (1973). This archive also contains materials from the Christian Faith and Life Community at the University of Texas in Austin. For those of you interested especially in the thinking and work of Joseph Wesley Mathews, two volumes are available on Amazon — Bending History Vol I and Vol II from Resurgence Publishing. His personal papers are archived at Wesley Seminary in Washington, DC.