Religion: Forward, Slow

For the past ten years, leaders of the Congregational Christian Churches (membership: 1,250,000) have talked about a merger with the Evangelical & Reformed Church (membership: 800,000). But Congregationalists are by definition devoted to the principle of parish autonomy; some of them fear that this principle would be watered down in any union. In 1949 the members of Brooklyn's Cadman Memorial Church went to court over the merger problem, arguing that individual congregations could not be forced to abide by a general church decision. Cadman Memorial is now trying to get the New York...

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