Religion: God & One

A Negro couple and their two children sat proudly among their white neighbors at regular Sunday services in Houston's Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church last week. The family of Laundryman Carl Williams were the first Negroes accepted as members of the congregation, and the pioneers in a revolution under way at Augustana Church.

The revolution began so quietly that the church's 400 members were hardly aware of it. "It is quite conceivable," said the Rev. Paul T. Seastrand in a report to the congregation two years ago, "that some of our Negro friends may politely...

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