Religion: Lutheran Concord

In the past 75 years, the number of Lutheran church groups in the U.S. has been reduced by merger from about 60 to a more or less manageable 14. By fall there will be only ten—and the prospects are strong that even more unity is in the offing.

∙ In Minneapolis a fortnight ago. delegates to the annual convention of the Lutheran Free Church (membership: 90,000, largely Norwegian-Americans) voted 530 to 112 for merger with the big (2,365,000) American Lutheran Church—itself the product of an earlier alliance of three smaller churches. Dr. John Stensvaag, the Free Church's president, says that it can...

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