Religion: Episcopalian Shortage

On a sunny hilltop near Alexandria, Va., 85 Episcopal bishops, ministers and laymen assembled one day last week to consider a major crisis of their church. It was not a lack of members; the church's enrollment had ballooned 130% since 1900. But there were no longer enough shepherds to minister to this record flock. In the same 49 years the number of active ministers had grown by a mere 347 (7%).

The reason stood out plain: the church had plenty of potential ministers among its young men, but it was losing them for lack of training facilities. Last week's meeting was called...

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