As 900 delegates of the United Presbyterian Church gathered in Minneapolis last week, they were less concerned with religious matters than social and political issues. The 180th General Assembly heard the Rev. Ralph Abernathy plead his poor people's cause, a plea which the delegates answered with a recommendation that their church donate $100,000 to the march on Washington. They agreed, moreover, to invest 30% of the church's unrestricted funds in housing and business enterprises in low-interest, high-risk areas. In a dramatic effort to invest church services with contemporary relevance, a new communion litany, which may become part of the permanent ritual,...

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