Episcopalians: Bells in the Delta

The Episcopal Church last year sent one of the largest contingents of clergy and laymen—51 in all—to work on civil rights projects such as the National Council of Churches' Mississippi Delta Ministry. But in December, at a meeting of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, Southerners pushed through a resolution that would give any bishop the right to ban out-of-state clergy from coming into his diocese to take part in activities financed by the church's $100,000 civil rights fund. Last week, meeting in Greenwich, Conn., the 42-member council reversed the ruling after hearing argument from council members and...

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