Evangelist Come Of Age

Five months remain before the Church of England must make a decision on the proposed merger with the Methodists in Britain. The scheme’s chances of acceptance were boosted last month when the Archbishop of Canterbury addressed the Church Assembly at Westminster. “If it is not possible to secure unity between Anglicans and Methodists,” declared Dr. Ramsey, “it is not possible to achieve Christian unity anywhere.” Making a typically wistful reference to the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Primate added that union with the Methodists would not hinder other aspects of Christian unity.

Thereafter one of the Anglican signatories to the report, Canon E. W. Kemp, Oxford University, touched briefly on a matter about which officialdom is generally reticent and nervous. Stating that no Anglicans looked upon disestablishment as part of their brief, he underlined the need for changes in the terms of that establishment.

The presence of the Primate of the Anglican Church in Canada, the Most Rev. Howard H. Clark, led Dr. Ramsey to say a word of welcome to the distinguished guest, who was on a flying visit to London, and provided a moment of welcome relief. It is not every day that an Archbishop of Rupert’s Land wanders in, which point was well taken by the lady member who exclaimed eagerly:

“May we see him?”

After a singularly dull debate on the Nottingham Faith and Order Conference (see “British Church Merger by 1980?,” CHRISTIANITY TODAY, News, October 9), the assembly endorsed the general line of the resolutions passed there.

At the very end of the three-day sessions a private member’s motion was put to the remnant still in attendance. In this Mr. J. F. Wallace, ...

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