Pirates And Presbyterians

A devout band of twenty-nine Cuban Presbyterians who escaped to the Bahamas fell victim to a kidnapping assault by Castro’s gunboats last month. Nineteen of the refugees were seized and returned to Cuba by armed troops who landed on the British island of Anguilla Key. Others hid behind rocks or buried themselves in the sand. The refugees said their group included no revolutionaries, “only humble God-fearing people.” Said one: “Our only arms were Bibles.”

Convention Circuit

Delegates to the thirty-seventh biennial convention of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod voted 138 to 28 to withdraw from the 91-year-old Lutheran Synodical Conference, oldest association of conservative Lutherans in America. The action was described as a protest against the largest member of the conference, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, which was charged with doctrinal deviations.

The Mennonite Church’s biennial General Conference adopted a new “Confession of Faith,” marking the denomination’s first revision of beliefs in more than forty years. Also approved was a “Brief Statement of Mennonite Doctrine” for liturgical use.

The National Association of Free Will Baptists assailed the Supreme Court ban on public school devotions in a resolution adopted unanimously by some 2,000 delegates.

Appointment of a committee to conduct ecumenical conversations was approved by delegates to the 151st annual Seventh Day Baptist General Conference. The action was in response to an invitation from the American Baptist Convention to engage in conversations exploring the possibility of interdenominational cooperation and merger.


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