Religion: Methodists & Segregation

The largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. last week wrestled with its own particular version of the great debate over racial integration. Gathered in Denver's City Auditorium for the quadrennial General Conference of the Methodist Church, 788 voting delegates fought —sometimes bitterly—over a report by a 70-member commission hat in effect recommended continuation of racial segregation in the administrative system of U.S. Methodism.

The Embarrassing Central. The seeds of the problem were sown in 1939, when Methodists rejoiced in the completion of a long march to reunion after the split of the Civil War. Three separate churches —the Methodist Episcopal...

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