Religion: Protestant Merger

Church unity (for years the object of some of the best Protestant thought, hope and effort) advanced one cautious step last week. Two U.S. Protestant churches, each the result of a successful merger last decade, announced they had taken the first step toward merger. One is the Congregational Christian Churches (1,049,575 members), which in 1931 united the descendants of the Pilgrim Fathers of 1620 with a Methodist offshoot founded in North Carolina in 1793. The other is the Evangelical and Reformed Church (685,571 members), formed in 1934 by combining the Evangelical Synod (a Midwestern fusion of Lutheran and Calvinistic thought, not...

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