Religion: Fewer Joiners

Churchmen shook their heads gloomily last week as they scanned in the Christian Herald figures snowing U. S. church memberships for the year 1930. The total gain in memberships was 88,350. In 1929 it had been 242,748; in 1928, more than 1,000,000.

Biggest loss of members was suffered by the Methodist Episcopal Church: 43,211 during the year. Other losses: Oriental Orthodox, 37,200; Presbyterian, 22,763; Disciples of Christ, 18,567; Unitarian, 4,994.

Biggest gain: the Baptists, with 74,706 new members. Others: Lutherans, 56,180; Protestant Episcopal Church, 16,532; Assemblies of...

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