Religion: Purposeful Lutherans

For nine days in Des Moines' KRNT Theater, the 600 delegates to the 17th biennial convention of the United Lutheran Church in America gathered for nine purposeful hours a day. Moaned one weary churchman: "This is almost as bad as Congress."

U.L.C.A., largest (nearly 2,000,000 members) of the 18 Lutheran groups in the U.S., had talked for years of church unity. This year the delegates voted the United Lutherans into the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.* Thus, for the first time in its history, U.L.C.A. became a full member of an interdenominational U.S. Protestant agency.

With that much accomplished,...

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