Today in Texas History – May 4

From the Annals of Ecumenicalism – In 1953, representatives from eleven Protestant denominations met in Dallas to form the Texas Council of Churches.  A primary goal of the TCC was to use economies of scale in mobilizing relief efforts and good works as well  The TCC also admirably advocated for the elimination of all forms of discrimination based upon race, color, national origin, or sex.  Other activities included volunteer councils and chaplaincies in state hospitals, ministries to migrant farmworkers, aid to dependent children, and efforts toward a redemptive system of criminal justice. The TCC disbanded in the 1969 to make way for a more inclusive organization, the Texas Conference of Churches. The current TCC is an association of the twelve major Protestant denominations, fourteen dioceses of the Catholic Church, and the Eastern Orthodox churches.

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