Predecessor of Texas Conference of Churches founded
On this day in 1953, representatives of eleven mainline Protestant denominations met in Dallas to form the Texas Council of Churches. The council advocated elimination of all forms of discrimination based upon race, color, national origin, or sex. A major program was to mobilize member churches in world relief efforts. 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 council was succeeded by a more inclusive organization, the Texas Conference of Churches, in 1969. The conference is an association of the largest judicatories in the state of twelve Protestant denominations, fourteen dioceses of the Catholic Church, and the Eastern Orthodox churches, forty-nine groups in all, with a total of over three million members.