Religion: Gains

The Methodist Church, largest united Protestant body in the U.S., reported new gains. During 1950, membership in the U.S. and its possessions rose nearly 150,000 to 8,935,647. Contributions were also up, from $229,297,111 in 1949 to $244,676,674 in 1950.

The Protestant Episcopal Church also announced impressive gains. In the past year, 240 new Episcopal priests were ordained (a gain of 43.71% over last year) and the church made 255 new deacons (an increase of 41.67%). The church had a total of 2,540,548 baptized members, highest in its history.

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