Religion: Words & Works

¶ After a three-day meeting in Columbus, Ohio, 30 leaders from the Congregational Christian Churches and the Evangelical and Reformed Church announced that the two denominations would join June 25, 1957. Name of the new church: the United Church of Christ. With a membership of more than 2,000,000 (1,283,000 Congregationalists, 761,000 E. & R.), the United Church will become the sixth largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. (after the Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians and Episcopalians).

¶ The radical proposal that women be ordained as rabbis vexed the 66th annual convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform), meeting in Asbury...

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