Religion: Union for Presbyterians?

There are 3,600,000 Presbyterians in the U.S., and they are divided into eleven denominations. Last week members of the three largest took an important step toward eventual merger. At a conference in Cincinnati, delegates from the Northern Presbyterians (Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.), the Southern Presbyterians (Presbyterian Church, U.S.) and the United Presbyterians† put their signatures on a detailed Plan of Union, to be submitted to their respective General Assemblies.

The plan calls for a new united church : the Presbyterian Church of the United States. Its rules of administration would follow the pattern set by the three member churches, and its first officers...

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