Religion: Common Ground

After ten days of Christian conference and patient protocol at Johnstown, Pa., 700 delegates from two churches last week went home as delegates from one. The United Brethren and the Evangelical Church had joined to form the Evangelical United Brethren Church—13th largest Protestant denomination in the U.S.*

The churches had shared an almost identical background and a history of unusually friendly relations, but their union had taken a long time. United Brethren and Evangelical representatives first gathered to talk it over in 1816; it was 1933 before they really got down to business.

Ecumenical Century. The new merger underscored a glacially slow...

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