A Sunday-evening church service ended with fatal blasts of buckshot in Asheville, North Carolina, this month. A 57-year-old ex-convict barged into the sanctuary of the West Asheville Assembly of God and killed the minister, his own recently divorced wife, and himself. Police apparently were unable immediately to fix a specific motive in the shootings. The slain minister, the Rev. Lester M. Cobb, 44, leaves his wife, a son, and three daughters.

Protestant Panorama

Southern Baptist Hospital Board asked the American Hospital Association to “curtail its activities in seeking government participation” in the work of voluntary hospitals.

Seven new Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) have been established in Puerto Rico in three years. Goal for the decade is twenty new congregations.

United Presbyterian Commission on Religion and Race pledged “unflagging support” to President Johnson in carrying out civil-rights policies of the late President Kennedy.

In New Zealand, the Anglican Synod of the Waiapu diocese approved a tentative plan of merger with other Protestant denominations. Archbishop Norman Lesser observed, however, that the plan would not be put into effect if it would “render the hope of union with the Roman and Orthodox churches unlikely or impossible.”

In Sweden, the Riksdag (Parliament) is weighing a measure to allow laymen to participate in the election of bishops in the Lutheran state church. The proposal originated in the executive branch of the national government and was approved by the church’s general synod.

Miscellany

A Communist newspaper in the Uzbek Soviet Republic reported that three women Baptist missionaries had been charged with illegal religious activities and sentenced to two years in prison. It said the ...

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