Sticking To The Church

Methodist services attract larger attendances in Communist East Germany than in the free western division of the country, says a church official in Berlin. Dr. Ernst Scholz, a district superintendent, declares that “it is really wonderful how the people in a Communist country stick to the church and love their master, Jesus Christ.” His report was made by tape recording to the North Glendale, California, Methodist Church, which contributes to the support of churches in East and West Berlin.

Protestant Panorama

Unity commissions of the International Convention of Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ voted last month to seek authority from their respective governing bodies to formulate “a proposal looking toward a plan of union.”

A former nun was among fourteen persons baptized October 20 into the membership of the Baptist church in Warsaw, according to Ecumenical Press Service. The woman had been a member of a Roman Catholic order for twenty years.

Methodist churches which bar Negroes were censured by the denomination’s Council of Bishops in a strongly worded statement calling on all Christians to fight for the equal rights of all racial, religious, and cultural groups.

Two United Church of Canada ministers picketed the city hall in Edmonton, Alberta, last month to protest the election of Mayor William Hawrelak, who had been accused of “gross misconduct” by a judicial inquiry while in office in 1959. The ministers reported receiving threatening telephone calls because of their protest.

The North Central District Association of the Evangelical Free Church of America expelled one of its congregations where the pastor and some members speak in tongues and engage in other “Pentecostal-type ...

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