The Student Christian Movement (SCM) arose from the formal integration in one unit of a number of different strands of student‐run evangelical religion in British Universities(1). The Jesus Lane Sunday School in Cambridge, staffed by students, had been open since 1827. David Livingstone's visit to Cambridge in 1858 inspired the Church Missionary Union and in the same period Cambridge students began a Daily Prayer Meeting. In 1877, the students brought their various efforts together into the Cambridge Inter‐Collegiate Christian Union (CICCU). Similar movements were developing in other colleges. The first major links were created by the “Cambridge Seven”. Even at the end of the period of the “Saints” (as Wilberforce and his fellow evangelicals were known), more than three‐quarters of the men who volunteered for foreign missions were artisans, shop‐boys, labourers and apprentices(2).
Bruce, S. (1982), "THE STUDENT CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT: A NINETEENTH CENTURY MOVE‐MENT AND ITS VICISSITUDES", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 67-82. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb012943Download as .RIS
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