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Inter-Varsity Fellowship of Evangelical Unions (IVF)

A Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union was formed in 1877. In 1893 it joined with similar groups in other Universities to form a federation that later called itself the Student Christian Movement. One of its main aims was to encourage students to become overseas missionaries. In 1910 "after a long and painful discussion" the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union withdrew from the national SCM because it wanted to preserve a conservative evangelical doctrinal basis, whilst the SCM wanted to include all points of view then current in the churches. In 1919, the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union joined with like- minded groups in the first "Inter-Varsity Conference". These conferences of bible-based University students led, in 1928, to the formation of the Inter-Varsity Fellowship. In 1974 this changed its name to the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship of Evangelical Unions (UCCF), but its press remained the Inter-Varsity Press.

The IVF (and UCCF) has a doctrinal basis that its officers are required to sign. This claims to be "fundamental truths of Christianity as revealed in Holy Scripture". The truths include:

    "The divine inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture, as originally given, and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct."

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