Religion: A U.N. on Its Knees

A Memphis car salesman, a Ghanaian supreme court justice, a Japanese cartoonist—all are Kenya-bound for next week's opening of a potentially explosive international religious meeting. At Nairobi's* capacious Kenyatta Conference Centre, a band beating gazelle-hide drums and blowing on cow horns will greet 747 voting delegates and 1,600 observers and staff. And then the fifth septennial Assembly of the World Council of Churches will settle down to the issues that trouble the non-Catholic wing of the ecumenical movement.

Representing a constituency of 400 million Protestants, Anglicans and Eastern Orthodox in more than 90 nations, the W.C.C. Assembly is something of a United...

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