Religion: Common Cause

Last week, the United Church of Canada (TIME, Jan. 19) came officially into being. Hereafter, 30% of the people of the Dominion will worship at churches bearing that name. But in brackets will appear the old names—Presbyterian, Methodist or Congregational.

All of the 4,797 former Methodist churches joined the new Church. All but 7 of the 181 Congregational Churches surrendered their old autonomy. But the Presbyterians split. Of some 4,600 Presbyterian congregations, nearly 900 have refused to unite, have formed a separatist organization.

The official membership of the new Church is approximately given as 652,378. It is the greatest organic union of religious...

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