Churches: The Council & Its Critics

The National Council of Churches was formed in 1950 to coordinate such matters as foreign mission support and development of Christian education programs. In the last two years council leaders have increasingly taken strong stands on moral issues in politics and economics. The result has been a wave of criticism, and last week, at a General Board meeting in Portland, Ore., council leaders discussed how they ought to respond.

Because the council, through its Commission on Religion and Race, has been fervent in the cause of civil rights, much of the slugging comes...

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