Religion: The Council Speaks

he National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. has set a course through some rough weather since its founding two years ago. Many Protestants incorrectly thought of it as a "superchurch" in the making, instead of a union of independent member churches. Moreover, some U.S. denominations, e.g., the Southern Baptists (membership: 7,400,000) and the Missouri Synod Lutherans (membership: 1,800,000), have refused to join. Yet the council, representing 35 million church members, has given U.S. Protestantism a collective voice that it never had before in its history.

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