Presbyterians: Concern v. Concerned

Every major U.S. Protestant church by now can be roughly divided between members who favor greater involvement in social issues and those who feel that the church should stick to the problem of helping individuals find salvation. Within the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. (Southern), this division has hardened to the point that some church leaders fear a potential schism precisely because the divergent views have become embodied in well-established pressure groups.

Representing the liberal outlook is an organization of ministers and laymen, founded four years ago, called A Fellowship of Concern. Now boasting a membership of more than 5,000,...

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