The 2nd Assembly took place in 1954 at Evanston, Illinois. The only WCC assembly to date held in the United States, it to some degree reflected - and certainly reflected on - the East-West tensions of the cold war. The Assembly took the theme "Christ - the Hope of the World" and divided its work into six sections:
Our oneness in Christ and our disunity as churches.
The mission of the church to those outside her life.
The responsible society in a world perspective.
Christians in the struggle for world community.
The churches amid racial and ethnic tension.
The laity: the Christian in his vocation.