Religion: Pep Meet for Parsons

The ministers were requested to provide their own towels. Everything else was free: room, board, textbooks, tuition. On these liberal terms 100 small-town Pennsylvania pastors last week attended a novel School of Religion, where they got the theological equivalent of a salesmen's pep meeting, a stiff refresher course on church problems, and an exposure to ideas which under any other auspices they might have thought revolutionary.

The plan was Pastor Hugh Thomson Kerr's of Pittsburgh's prosperous Shadyside Presbyterian Church. He persuaded his church trustees to give him $4,000 for expenses, and then invited...

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