Religion: Hungry Men

Deep in Pennsylvania's blue Pocono hills is a 350-acre tract of farm and wood land called Kirkridge. In Kirkridge's ram shackle old farmhouse last week were gathered twelve Protestant ministers and laymen who described themselves as spiritually "hungry." Kirkridge is a "retreat" of an unusual kind in the Protestant church. Three years ago a small group of ministers (inspired by Scotland's famed Iona Community) met to plan a "dedicated order" in the Protestant ministry.

During the three days of their fourth retreat last week, they followed "a careful pattern of devotion," manual work, discussion and meditation. In the mornings they went to...

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