DRAMATIZING THE ISSUE—A drive to transfer students of Roman Catholic parochial schools to public schools gained momentum in Missouri following the state legislature’s rejection of a bill to provide bus transportation for pupils of church-related institutions. Proponents of the campaign said they were acting to “dramatize” the school bus issue. The drive began at Centertown, just outside the state capital at Jefferson City, where Catholic parents registered seventy-five children in the public schools. After a few days, the committee of laymen heading the movement called off their campaign, stating that the “point” of Catholic contribution to Missouri education had been made.

PROTESTANT PANORAMA—Representatives of four Lutheran bodies reached agreement last month on a plan to launch a consultative relationship for the study of worship. Some who participated in the talks envisioned a common hymnal and liturgy for all U.S. Lutherans. Represented were the Lutheran Church in America, American Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches.

United Presbyterian Board of National Missions is buying ten United Mine Workers’ hospitals. Trustees of the UMW Welfare and Retirement Fund want to close the hospitals, located in Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia, because of a shortage of funds. United Presbyterian officials plan to transfer ownership and operation to a regional hospital board to enable them to remain open.

National Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church encouraged Presiding Bishop Arthur Lichtenberger to continue such official duties “as his strength will permit.” Lichtenherger has had to curtail activities because he is suffering from Parkinson’s Syndrome.

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