Religion: Interfaith Ordination

Fond of setting precedents is the 111-year-old First Unitarian Congregation of Rochester, N. Y., where the theory of evolution was first expounded from a U. S. pulpit, the first Woman's Rights Convention met in 1848, and interfaith services were pioneered. Last week the First Unitarian Congregation set what it believed was another precedent: it invited two rabbis to help ordain Member James Ziglar Hanner to the Unitarian ministry, closed the ordination service with the medieval Hebrew hymn Yigdal, sung in English.

No Christian, but bland-voiced Rabbi Philip S. Bernstein, occasional contributor to The...

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