Religion: Politics for Protestantism

Once every two years, the growing spirit of unity in U.S. Protestantism becomes a visible thing. The occasion: the biennial meeting of the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America. Here delegates from the Council's 24 denominations come together to elect a new president, and lay new plans for enlarging the growing area in which U.S. Protestants work and think and speak as one.

In Seattle last week, the Federal Council met for the 14th time. Olympic Hotel bellhops thought it was a funny kind of convention—no midnight calls for ice & soda, no singing in the corridors, no big...

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