Churches: Ecumen In

Christian unity can be achieved only if it "takes root in the local communi ties," says Bishop Reuben H. Mueller, the new president of the National Council of Churches. The roots are already sprouting. Ecumenism — until recently the private dream of theologians and the occasional public practice of rank ing clergymen — has become a spirit-changing factor in the church life of every U.S. community. Every day more laymen join in a dialogue once reserved for ministers, and as one Washington, D.C., pastor puts it, "some of the best discussions take place in car pools and Laundromats." The...

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