Religion: Union

The flame of hope for an organically united U.S. Protestant Church flickers sometimes, but never quite goes out. Last week it burned a bit brighter with an announcement by Methodist Bishop Ivan Lee Holt of St. Louis that the Conference on Church Union, created last year at a meeting of representatives from seven church groups, had drawn up a detailed plan for interdenominational union.

Bishops will have a place in the new plan, said Conference Chairman Holt, presbyteries will have certain constitutional responsibilities, and congregations will govern themselves. The plan will be formally presented to representatives of the currently participating Protestant groups*...

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