John R. Mott Awarded Nobel Peace Prize
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John R. Mott was influential in uniting Christians across many denominations and countries in the 20th century. From the 1880s until his death, Mott had been involved in nearly every interdenominational organization, promoting Christian unity during times of severe religious division. As head of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), he brought together American Jews, Catholics, and Protestants for religious work among American soldiers during the First World War. He also organized relief work for prisoners of war during both world wars. Through his efforts, the broadest international and inclusive religious organization was formed (i.e., World Council of Churches).

Due to his ecumenical efforts and peace initiatives, John R. Mott was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946.

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Mott, John Raleigh

John Mott receiving distinguished service medal- Library of Congress, LC-DIG-hec-12204

John Mott portrait- Wikimedia Commons

Nobel Peace Prize- Library of Congress, LC-DIG-hec-03729
Book/Journal Source(s)
Queen, Edward, Stephen Prothero and Gardiner Shattuck, 1996. The Encyclopedia of American Religious History. New York: Facts on File.
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His biography on the official website for the Nobel Prize
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Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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