The World Council: A Crisis of Motivation

The scene at Uppsala smacked more of a New Left "demo" than of a religious body in pious conference. Two student pickets who attempted a sidewalk teach-in were dragged off by Swedish cops. Some conferees slipped away to watch an underground flick replete with scenes of pot-smoking derelicts, shaggy folk singers and a minister who—in anguish at the chaos and cacophony of life in the cities—strips to the buff atop his pulpit. In other ways as well, the 701 Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox delegates to the World Council of Churches' Fourth Assembly were exposed last week to an array...

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