Religion: Merger Deferred

"We Congregationalists are proud of being free churches with our own local autonomy . . . I'm not one who likes to be bossed." So testified grey, capable Moderator Helen Kenyon of the General Council of the Congregational Christian Churches before New York Supreme Court Justice Meier Steinbrink. But last week,

Justice Steinbrink decided that boss-hating Moderator Kenyon and her General Council associates had been a bit too bossy themselves.

Since 1942 the Congregational Christian Churches (membership: 1,173,625) and the Evangelical and Reformed Church (membership: 695,000) had been planning a merger. A "Basis of Union" was drawn up and sent out in...

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