A Fast To Death

A 22-year-old convicted arsonist, a member of the fanatical Sons of Freedom Doukhobor sect, died of malnutrition last month following a thirty-day hunger strike in an Agassiz, British Columbia, prison. Paul E. Podmorrow, one of more than 100 who vowed to fast to death, died several hours after being admitted to a hospital. Prison and hospital attendants had fed him by force in an attempt to save his life. The strike was reported broken several days later.

Protestant Panorama

Delegates to the second national Methodist Conference on Human Relations issued a call to eliminate the church’s Central (Negro) Jurisdiction by 1968. Their call also asked support of public-accommodations legislation and the use of church finances to further desegregation.

Luther, a controversial play about the great Reformer, opens on Broadway this month. Written by a Britisher, John Osborne, the drama has been widely criticized for its Freudian treatment of Luther.

A number of Dutch Reformed churches in South Africa said they would boycott a scheduled preaching mission conducted by Methodist evangelist Alan Walker of Australia. Walker was reported to have made a statement four years ago expressing disrespect for the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa. He denies it.

Plans for the formation of a North American Baptist Fellowship were approved by the executive committee of the Baptist World Alliance at its annual meeting. Establishment of the fellowship is contingent on a constitution’s being written by November and approved by major Baptist bodies affiliating with the new organization.

Trans World Radio will establish a 750,000-watt Christian broadcasting station on the Caribbean island of Bonaire instead of on Curacao, as was originally ...

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