Religion: Bishop v. Ecumaniacs

A great debate is shaping up in U.S. Protestantism over the so-called Blake-Pike Proposal that the churches begin now to reunite, starting with an all-out merger of Methodists, Episcopalians, United Presbyterians and the United Church of Christ (TIME, Dec. 19). Last week's contribution was a loud no, uttered in the Christian Century by Methodist Bishop Gerald Kennedy of Los Angeles.

Chilled Feet. Instead of deploring the fragmentation of American Protestants into 250-odd different denominations, Bishop Kennedy notes that U.S. church membership is at an alltime high. In addition to which, "I do not know a country in the world where the...

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