Henry A. Atkinson

Former General Secretary of the Church Peace Union (Carnegie Council)

Henry A. Atkinson

Rev. Henry A. Atkinson was general secretary of the Church Peace Union (now Carnegie Council) from 1918-1955.

Atkinson was an academic, minister, author, and peace activist. He spent much time in Europe on behalf of the CPU and in the 1920s he visited India, China, and Japan to survey religions in Asia.

Atkinson served on the boards of numerous organizations that worked to promote the rights of religious minorities, and denounced the rise of anti-Semitism in Germany early on in the 1930s. Following World War II, he was a strong advocate for, and subsequently a supporter of, the state of Israel.

Last Updated: July 4, 2017