CHRIST ON THE MOUNTAIN—Sculptor Lincoln Borglum says his 175-foot statue of Christ will be the largest ever built by man. It will rest atop Spearfish Mountain, South Dakota, and may be completed in two or three years if sufficient funds become available. Idea for the mountain-top monument was conceived by the late U. S. Senator Francis Case, son of a Methodist minister.

PROTESTANT PANORAMA—Methodist observance of 1963 as “Aldersgate Year” will begin with watch night services and round-the-clock prayer vigils on New Year’s Day. Church officials urge “special emphasis on Christian experience and evangelism” and a “soul-searching study” of Romans for each Methodist congregation.

Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Schleswig-Holstein became the second member body to dissociate itself from the World Council of Churches’ statement on the Cuban crisis, charging that the statement was biased. Earlier, the American Lutheran Church disowned the statement which voiced “grave concern and regret” over the U. S. blockade of Cuba. At still another synod meeting in Hanover Bishop Hanns Lilje, a member of the WCC Central Committee, said that the majority of the churches of the West could not support the WCC statement because it was only as the result of “the firm attitude of the USA” in the Cuba conflict that war had been averted.

Latest timetable for union negotiations between New Zealand’s Methodists, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, and Associated Churches of Christ calls for members of the local churches to vote on the merger plan in 1965.

Church attendance gains were reported by the superintendent of Southern Baptist missionary work in Cuba, Herbert Caudill, in a statement read at a home mission board meeting in Atlanta.

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