Religion: Methodists United

When white-haired Bishop William Newman Ainsworth of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South looked about him in Macon, Ga. last month, he was displeased. Throughout the South, Methodists were engaged in an eleventh-hour battle to defeat a project dear to Bishop Ainsworth's heart—reunion of 8,000,000 U. S. Methodists into one great church. In less than three years, Northern Methodists, Methodist Protestants and six out of seven Southern Methodist conferences had approved a plan of union drawn by a commission mission of which Bishop Ainsworth was a member (TIME, Aug. 25, 1935). Ailing at...

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