Religion: The Challenge of Unity

As bigwigs and littlewigs of the Protestant Episcopal Church gathered in Philadelphia this week for their triennial General Convention, one issue overshadowed all others: a proposal for union with the Presbyterians. Into the high-church v. low-church debate on that issue, the undenominational but ecumenical-minded Christian Century cast an all-out editorial. Excerpts:

"At. . . Philadelphia, a decision will be made which will have far-reaching significance. The plan of union with the Presbyterian Church, negotiated by a joint commission of the two churches, will be presented to the convention with the request that it be submitted to the respective churches 'for study'. ......

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