Religion: This Is My Story

When it met in Atlantic City, N. J. last fortnight, the Eastern Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church had only one big item on its agenda: to declare itself legally dead. The M. P. Church, split off from ordinary Methodism for 111 years because of doctrinal disputes and a rooted antipathy to bishops, had rejoined it last spring, thus helped to form the nation's biggest Protestant sect, the new Methodist Church (TIME, May 8). For 16 M. P. churchmen from southern New Jersey, this merger was newfangled and nefarious. For the record, one of them asked the conference whether it "is...

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