A Marketplace Ministry

Methodists will erect a new church in the heart of an eighty-acre shopping center neat Phoenix, Arizona. Developer John B. Kilroy sees the church as a return toward making a religious center the focal point of a community. The Rev. James R. McCormick, 27, of Jackson, Mississippi, appointed to lead the congregation, says it will “open a lot of doors for a kind of ministry where there’s no precedent.”

Protestant Panorama

Statisticians for the Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) say they erred in reporting a membership loss of nearly 56,000 for 1962. The decrease was only 14,989. They hope to reduce the chance for errors next year by feeding data into IBM machines.

Southern Baptists now have churches in all fifty states. The last state without Southern Baptist representation was Vermont. The first congregation was established there several weeks ago in the town of South Burlington.

American Baptist-related Chung Chi College of Hong Kong is one of three schools which will form a new degree-granting university. The colony has only one other university.

A joint committee of The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church is drafting a plan of union for the two denominations. Work on the detailed plan of union follows two years of exploratory negotiations.

Lutheran Church of Sweden’s $100,000 memorial library in honor of the late U. N. Secretary Dag Hammarskjold was dedicated near Kitwe, Northern Rhodesia. The library is located at the Mindolo Ecumenical Center, an hour’s drive from the site where Hammarskjold was killed in a 1961 plane crash.


A lecture series on the four Gospels will be televised in September under auspices of the National Council of Churches’ Broadcasting and Film ...

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