Documents concerning the United Student Christian Council (USCC) relationship to the National Council of Churches and small college proposals. The USCC unites autonomous student Christian organizations under common purpose in order to strengthen the student Christian movement in the United States as a whole. The sometimes complicated relationship between the USCC, the National Student YWCA and the National Council of the Churches is debated and defined in statements, correspondence and proposals. During these discussions of organization and structure, the National Student YWCA takes interest in a proposal for the USCC to become a department of the National Council of Churches and releases information to its members eventually issuing a statement of the position of the National Student YWCA. An example of the cooperative function of the USCC can be seen in proposals for work on small campuses. These proposals attempt to address how to organize and support work on campuses that are too small to support multiple Christian organizations. In 1958 a proposal is made to combine the USCC, Interseminary Committee and Student Volunteer Movement for Christian Missions, Inc. into the National Student Christian Federation. This proposal is included in a packet of documents that include drafted constitutions, background information on the separate organizations and a structural overview of the proposed organization. Additional documents concerning the work of the USCC include student Christian worker manuals, minutes of committee meetings, further correspondence concerning proposed restructuring and memorandums concerning finance and support.
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