Religion: The Risks of Brotherhood

By a vote of 227 to 89, the congregation of the Community Church of Miami Shores, Fla. last week decided not to fire its pastor, 37-year-old Rev. Donald Douds. But that did not necessarily settle the matter. Said one prominent trustee: "I believe personally the church is ruined."

For most of his life, Donald Douds has been within earshot of the word of God. Born in Chautauqua, N.Y., the son of a Presbyterian minister, he went to Presbyterian-supported Wooster College in Ohio, then to Union Theological Seminary. In his spare time at the seminary,...

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