Protestants: Marching Toward Merger

The Protestant churches of the U.S. once seemed as fragmented as ancient Greece's city-states—but that was before the Ecumenical Era. Within the past month, a number of denominations have moved significantly closer to corporate union:

>In Chicago, Lutheran church leaders drew up a draft constitution for a new cooperative service agency to replace the present National Lutheran Council. Founded in 1918, the council now serves the Lutheran Church in America (3,100,000 members) and the American Lutheran Church (2,300,000). Its proposed successor would bring in two conservative bodies that have long been wary...

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