Religion: Conservative Missouri

For ten days, in San Francisco's Civic Auditorium, 1,000 delegates to the 44th triennial convention of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod labored to keep their closely knit conservative denomination (2,200,000 members) as closely knit and conservative as ever. To further both aims, the convention re-elected Dr. John W. Behnken president for another three-year term. To 75-year-old Dr. Behnken, who has headed the synod for the past 24 years, sound and solid doctrinal agreement is the only safe basis of collaboration with any other church body; his election is a guarantee that the Missouri Synod will continue to stay outside the Lutheran World...

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