Religion: Lutherans of the World

The Lutheran Church's estimated world membership is 81 million souls. It is third in size to the Roman Catholic Church (estimated worldwide membership, 331,500,000; Orthodox Eastern Church, 144,000,000) among all Christian denominations. Leading Lutherans have long felt that the energies of their church, now dissipated by national boundaries, could be concentrated to better effect through a worldwide federation. Such an alliance was already projected under the name of the Lutheran World Convention in 1923. Last week when the National Lutheran Council held its annual meeting in Manhattan, the work of the Lutheran World Convention was further expedited. An annual appropriation of...

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