Churches: The Selma Spirit

In all, nearly 6,000 bishops, rabbis, ministers, priests and nuns felt the call to march in Alabama with Martin Luther King. Last week, most of them were back home, wondering what happens next to "the spirit of Selma." Was it, in effect, something of a spiritual lark—a chance for conscience-stricken clergymen to win their merit badges in the civil rights revolution? Or was it a genuinely charismatic event, justifying the euphoria of the Rev. Stanley Hallett, Director of Planning for the Church Federation of Greater Chicago?

"It was a breakthrough into a...

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