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He then moved to Geneva to assume the position of executive secretary (responsible for mission) with the World Student Christian Federation.
He served as the spokesman for youth at the WCC assemblies in 1948 and 1954, was the chair of the World Student Christian Federation from 1960 to 1968 and director of the WCC division of world mission and evangelism from 1967 to 1972.
Johnson comes to United with a background in a variety of ministries, including the Poor People's Human Rights Campaign, the World Student Christian Federation and the World Council of Churches.
Reflecting the breadth of Briggs' professional and personal interests and involvements, the essays gathered in this volume illuminate an impressive variety of topics ranging from the New Testament to the modern ecumenical movement and encompassing ecclesiology, worship, mission, essentially lay movements from the YWCA and YMCA to the World Student Christian Federation and the Sunday School Movement, Christian World Communions, Baptist identity in the UK and elsewhere, and Baptist interaction with other Christians from Orthodox to Catholic to Methodists and Disciples of Christ.
The author of this book, Risto Lehtonen, served as General Secretary of the World Student Christian Federation from 1968 to 1973, the very years when the international student organization was swept up into the waves of worldwide student unrest.
He was born Roman Catholic but became active in Protestant groups at the time of World War II in the World Student Christian Federation.
Shedd, Two Centuries of Student Christian Movements, Their Origin and Intercollegiate Life (New York: Association Press, 1934); Suzanne de Dietrich, Fifty Years of History: The World Student Christian Federation (1895-1945) (Geneva: World Student Christian Federation, 1993; orig.
A Picture taken in 1895 of the founders of the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF)--all males--might suggest that women were absent from the movement until their formal admission several years later.