Ecumenism: The Glimmering Dream

At San Francisco's Grace Cathedral four years ago, the Rev. Eugene Carson Blake formally proposed that his United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. join the Episcopalians, Methodists and the United Church of Christ to form one great new Protestant denomination of more than 20 million members. Last week Dr. Blake's ecumenical dream proved to be just as far away as ever. At the third annual Consultation on Church Union at Princeton, delegates from the six participating churches* discovered that there was enough agreement on such theological issues as the nature of baptism and Holy Communion for the talks to...

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