Religion: Wanted: Lay Missionaries

In The Ugly American, bestselling plea for a better U.S. Foreign Service (TIME, Oct. 6), the authors virtually ask that Washington send abroad platoons of everyday saints, preferably with engineering degrees. The idea was eagerly echoed and extended last week by a conference that in effect urged all American Christians abroad to act as missionaries.

Forty ministers and laymen assembled at the Presbyterians' Gilmor-Sloane House in Stony Point, N.Y. for a week-long "Institute on Overseas Churchmanship," under sponsorship of the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Participants —mostly Presbyterians, with a sprinkling of Baptists, Congregationalists, Lutherans and Episcopalians—included an architectural engineer who...

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