Methodists: Join, Consolidate, or Drift?

Of the six denominations discussing the "Blake proposal" to create a new Protestant U.S. superchurch, the one most cautious of involvement is the Meth odist.-The nation's 10,235,000 Methodists, who would be the largest component of the union, are triply divided among an ecumenical avant-garde who see an urgent need for union, a church bureaucracy generally committed to consolidation rather than extension, and a vast majority of pastors and laymen either indifferent to union or dubious about its consequences.

The most strident voices in Method ism's internal debate have lately been those of the ecumenists. During a June conference of...

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