Ecumenicism: Chats Under a Hot Tin Roof

As the temperature soared over 90° in Montreal last week, the 500 delegates and visitors to the fourth Faith and Or der Conference met for their general sessions in the ovenlike atmosphere of McGill University's metal-covered winter stadium. Delegates called the meetings "chats under a hot tin roof."

The chats were edgy. The work of the conference, which was sponsored by the World Council of Churches, is with the bedrock problems that stand in the way of Christian unity—the meaning of Baptism, of the Eucharist, of the nature of the church and its ministry. Unanimity on these issues is hard...

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