Protestants: Merging Methodists

A major denominational merger is about to create the nation's largest Protestant church. Meeting separately in Chicago last week, the general conferences of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren approved a formal constitution for their long-discussed union. If, as expected, the constitution is ratified by the annual regional conferences of both churches, the United Methodist Church—amalgamating 10.3 million Methodists and 750,000 members of the E.U.B.—will come into being in the spring of 1968. (The Southern Baptist Convention, currently the nation's largest Protestant faith, has 10.8 million members.)

It is something of a wonder that the merger did not...

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