Religion: Disuniting Church

In 1960, in San Francisco's Grace Cathedral, Stated Clerk Eugene Carson Blake of the United Presbyterian Church made a historic proposal: that four mainstream Protestant churches should seek to merge into a single organic entity. Out of Blake's proposal came a broader, continuing series of interdenominational meetings called the Consultation on Church Union, which was fervently supported by Protestant ecumenical leaders for more than a decade. Now COCU is in serious trouble —and at the hands of none other than Blake's United Presbyterian Church. At the church's General Assembly in Denver, delegates voted 411-310 to pull out of the venture completely.

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