Religion: Ecumenical Stirrings

John Calvin never met Martin Luther. Over the centuries, the doctrinal heirs of the two great reformers have often seemed to interpret this happenstance of history as a command to avoid spiritual alliances. But the new spirit of ecumenicism is changing all that. For the first time in U.S. history, 25 leading churchmen from all of North America's major Lutheran and Reformed (chiefly Presbyterian) churches gathered a fortnight ago for a serious dialogue on the theologies of these two traditions of the Protestant faith.

The invitation to the closed-door session at Manhattan's Warwick Hotel was extended to Lutherans last October by...

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