Religion: Thursday School

Almost anywhere in the U.S. a conference of city officials at 7:45 a.m. would be an unusual sight. But not in San Francisco's old Whitcomb Hotel (three blocks from the city hall), where a group of some 30 city fathers (seven Roman Catholics, seven Presbyterians, an assortment of other Protestants) meet each Thursday morning for a half-hour's Bible study.

After they have eaten a hearty break fast round a big oval table, some member opens the session with an extemporaneous prayer. Then the city officials open their pocket-size New Testaments. Being chiefly politicians and lawyers, they are naturally attracted to St....

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