Religion: Methodists Convened

In cavernous Minneapolis Auditorium one day last week, the 766 delegates to the Quadrennial General Conference of the Methodist Church, representing more than 9,000,000 Methodists, stood up and applauded. Reason for their enthusiasm: the convention's solution of the most indigestible problem with which they had been faced. The problem: what to do about the Methodists' Central Jurisdiction, a nongeographical division which contains only Negroes, and thus represents a sort of segregation within the church. The solution: a constitutional amendment which will allow the Central Jurisdiction to be dissolved gradually. The conference also created a commission to study other ways of promoting...

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