Religion: Marching Orders

As befits a religious council, the long days in New Delhi usually ended with a prayer service held under the cavernous shamiana (canopy). During working hours, the 577 delegates to the third Assembly of the World Council of Churches struggled to frame a coherent stand for non-Roman Catholic Christianity on the major issues of the times. Last week, after 18 days of debate, the Council adjourned. It will probably meet again six years from now; Ethiopia and Australia have already offered to serve as hosts.

"This assembly was far more dynamic than Amsterdam in...

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