Fonds Acc: 84 – 18. - Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge fonds

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Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge fonds

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CA DRL Acc: 84 – 18.

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  • 1849 - 1923 (Creation)

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The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK) is the oldest Anglican Mission agency in the world. The first meeting of the S.P.C.K. was held on March 8, 1698 at Lincoln's Inn on the eve of Dr. Thomas Bray's departure for Maryland, U.S.A. The purpose of the SPCK is to communicate the Gospel worldwide through publishing, bookselling, theological education and grant making. It began providing grants to Canada in 1825. These first grants went to Nova Scotia. In 1881, the Society passed a resolution that stated "that a grant of ₤2000 be placed at the disposal of the Bishop of Rupert's Land, in conjunction with the Home Mission Committee or the Executive Committee of the Diocese for the purpose of church building in the Diocese". This grant was to be given to the Diocese on the condition that the churches to be built were Anglican and that a limit was placed on the percentage of the grant spent on each church. The SPCK still exists today and is the third largest publishing company still operating in England.

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The records of The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge came to the archives through the Rev. T.C. B. Boon in 1984.

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The records of The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge held at the Diocese of Rupert's Land archives include a grant book reproduced in 1960 (1849 – 1923).

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Related material: Pamphlet collection: "A Communicants Manual" (1955). Library collection: The Lambeth Conference 1958:The Episcopal Letter from the Bishops together with the Resolutions and Reports; Two Hundred Years: The History of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge 1698 – 1898 by W.O. B. Allen and Edmund McClure.

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The material is in English.

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