A fortnightly report of developments in religion

In the shadow of Washington Cathedral in the nation’s capital on April 9–10, a small meeting took place which could possibly eventuate in a radical transformation of the face and character of American Protestantism, with repercussions, for good or ill, felt in theology, polity, preaching, missions, evangelism, education, and down the entire range of Protestant life and thought—ultimately to the nation itself.

Concluding Statement Of Delegation Chairmen

We have met as delegates of the Methodist Church, the Protestant Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ and the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. to discuss the possibility of the formation of a church truly catholic, truly reformed, truly evangelical. Each communion has been represented by both clerical and lay members, all of whom are deeply involved in the life of their churches and many of whom are widely experienced in ecumenical relations. We are grateful to God for having led us into these conversations, and we believe on the basis of our preliminary discussions that the Holy Spirit is leading us to further explorations of the unity that we have in Jesus Christ and to our mutual obligation to give visible witness to this unity.

We have made no attempt to reach agreement in areas of difference. Rather, we have sought to isolate issues that need further study and clarification. Among these are: (1) the historical basis for the Christian ministry that is found in the Scriptures and the early church; (2) the origins, use and standing of creeds and confessional statements, (3) a restatement of the theology of liturgy; (4) the relation of word and sacraments.

All of the delegations had in mind that they represent churches ...

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