SUPREME COURT APPEAL—A group of Congregational churches which refused to join a merger with the Evangelical and Reformed Church are appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. They assert that their legal interests have been denied “without due process of law.” Meanwhile, legal action seeking to prevent the First Congregational Church of Sheridan, Wyoming, from becoming part of the merged United Church of Christ was dismissed by a state court.

PROTESTANT PANORAMA—A Texas pastor is withdrawing his motion asking that Canadian messengers be seated at the annual sessions of the Southern Baptist Convention. The Rev. Nolan M. Kennedy of Amarillo says his withdrawal is based on a desire “to remove every possible hindrance to the Baptist Jubilee Advance.”

A five-member committee of the Disciples of Christ flies to the Congo this month to assess the role of the missionary in the current political climate. The committee’s findings are expected to shape future policies of the Disciples’ United Christian Missionary Society.

A financial crisis in the American Lutheran Church drew 250 of the denomination’s fund-raising leaders to a three-day meeting in Minneapolis. The fund raisers drafted a program aimed at increasing church contributions by more than 25 per cent.

Some 10,000 persons signed “Rule of Life” cards pledging to deepen their spiritual activities during a month-long evangelistic campaign of the Episcopal South Florida Diocese.

A total of 286 of the 327 congregations of the Lutheran Free Church became a part of the American Lutheran Church when the denominations were officially merged on February 1. The other 41 LFC congregations stayed out of the merger and asked not to be certified with congregations joining the ALC.

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