Religion: Detroit's Moderator

The 82 Presbyterian churches of the Detroit presbytery, like most other U.S. churches, are divided among white and Negro congregations. At their annual meeting last week, the pastors and elders of the Detroit presbytery decided that church is no place for segregation. After admitting "with regret and shame" that U.S. Presbyterians have not done much in practice to end segregation, the presbytery called on its member churches to bring about "nonsegregation in the life and work of their congregations."

At the same meeting, the Detroit Presbyterians elected a moderator for 1953: the Rev. William H. Molbon, the first Negro ever to head...

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