World Council: American in Geneva

A blunt and candid American whose size and manner might suggest a foot ball coach last week won election as general secretary of the World Council of Churches, the unity-seeking organization to which 214 Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox bodies belong. Meeting at their new headquarters in Geneva, members of the World Council's central committee chose the Rev. Eugene Carson Blake (TIME cover, May 26, 1961), stated clerk of the United Presbyterian Church, to succeed Willem Visser 't Hooft, council chief since it was founded in 1948.

"In Visser 't Hooft we...