Religion: MRA Over California

Last week was Moral Re-Armament Week in San Francisco. MRA (or the Oxford Group or Buchmanism) seemed to have found in California its appropriate spiritual home. A hit-&-run sect which had done better at raiding than remaining, MRA and its guiding "Soul Surgeon" Frank Buchman had now been comfortably operating in California for eleven months. Something about its free-&-easy panacea appealed to the West Coast: "It's a world movement designed to build a world free from intolerance, greed, hatred and fear. You don't join anything, you don't pay anything, the idea is that you begin living the MRA standards. . ....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!