Religion: A Family of God

In the sunlit Georgian harmony of Yale Divinity School, the 90-member Central Committee of the World Council of Churches began its tenth annual meeting last week, the first major World Council meeting in the U.S. since 1954. In attendance: 131 delegates, consultants and guests from 21 nations representing 170 million Protestant, Eastern Orthodox and Anglican church members. First question facing the nine-day meeting: How loud should the church's voice sound in the ears of the world's statesmen?

Britain's Archbishop of Canterbury was for well-modulated tones: too much political moralizing by the churches can lead to moral indignation in the countries concerned, and...

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