Religion: Union in Slow Motion

Two leading U.S. churches took a long, somewhat tentative step towards forming one church last week: a Presbyterian and Episcopal joint committee agreed on a program for unification. Their plan ("Essential Features of the United Church") is now on its way to the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.'s 276 presbyteries and the Protestant Episcopal Church's 94 dioceses for further action.

It took three years of negotiation to produce last week's plan. Final action will take at least two more. Neither denomination has yet shown much real enthusiasm for the merger. But if & when the two...

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