The Beginnings of "One Great Hour of Sharing"
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Online Exhibition: Presbyterian involvement with "One Great Hour"
Following the devastation of World War II, many parts of the world faced a desperate need for relief and reconstruction. In 1949, Church World Service, a department of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., helped launch a coordinated ecumenical drive called One Great Hour of Sharing to raise relief funds in the United States. Both Northern and Southern Presbyterians participated in that first One Great Hour campaign, tying national efforts to their own denominational relief programs.
Stated Clerk Eugene Carson Blake visiting a refugee camp in Pakistan during his world tour for One Great Hour of Sharing, c. Dec. 1951.
This year we celebrate Heritage Sunday on May 15 by focusing on Presbyterian involvement in One Great Hour of Sharing. Presbyterian Heritage Sunday has been set aside by the General Assembly of the PC(USA) as an annual day to celebrate, reflect upon, and learn more about the long and rich history of Presbyterianism in America. It falls on the Sunday closest to May 21, the date of the opening of the first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. in 1789. The Presbyterian Historical Society supports Heritage Sunday by using our collections to prepare resources for study and worship.