Religion: Protestants & Coexistence

Sharply disagreeing with official U.S. policy, the leaders of U.S. ecumenical Protestantism committed themselves last week to 1) friendlier relations and cooperation with Communist countries and 2) U.S. recognition of Communist China and its admission to the United Nations. In Cleveland, 500 lay and clerical delegates to the World Order Study Conference sponsored by the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. wound up their four-day meeting with a unanimously approved statement to these effects. Excerpts:

"Stronger efforts should be made to break through the present stalemate and to find ways of living with the Communist nations . . ....

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