Religion: The Lord's Table

Into a microphone in Omaha, Neb. last week, Methodist Bishop Garfield Bromley Oxnam read the ritual of Holy Communion. In 1,500 churches in Nebraska and Iowa, loudspeakers broadcast those words while 50,000 Methodists knelt and partook of the Lord's Supper. Bishop Oxnam explained that this broadcast, first of its kind, would enable Methodists to take Communion in small outlying churches whose pastors, not fully ordained, are not privileged to give it. Thus Bishop Oxnam's broadcast was a logical extension of a modern Protestant idea: that the minister's work may well be widened and...

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