Ecumenism: Toward a Superchurch

When Presbyterian Leader Eugene Carson Blake first proposed the idea from the pulpit of San Francisco's Episcopal Grace Cathedral in 1960, it electrified U.S. Christianity: as a step toward ultimate church reunion, he said, mainstream American Protestants must unite. At the time, Blake optimistically predicted that the project would need ten years to bear any fruit at all; pessimists seemed to think it was impossible. Last week, as the Consultation on Church Union met for the eighth time in Atlanta to carry forward Blake's pioneering proposal, it appeared that the participants were willing to accept an old military maxim:...

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