The United Presbyterian Church has disengaged from COCU on schedule, having paid its ten-month contribution of $19,500. The Synods of New York and Wisconsin along with a number of presbyteries have petitioned next year’s General Assembly to reconsider membership. But Moderator C. Willard Heckel isn’t enthused about COCU (“my Episcopalian relatives love bishops; I don’t”), and he doubts whether many other leaders are.
Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ asked the UCC’s Executive Council to reexamine its “negative” reaction to COCU’s Plan of Union.
PRAYERS AND A GOOD TOE
When Don Cockroft, punter and place-kicker of the Cleveland Browns, missed a field goal in a crucial game recently he did a most natural thing for him—he prayed. One minute and fifty seconds later, with time running out, his prayers were answered and he got a second chance. This time he made good the kick to give his team a two-point victory over Pittsburgh in the last seconds of the game.
Cockroft, a Nazarene and an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, told interviewers later that he prayed because the game and possibly a division championship hinged on his kick. A teammate called the jubilant locker-room scene afterward “cardiac heaven.”
One victim of the Cockroft kick was fellow FCA member Terry Bradshaw, quarterback of the losing Steelers.
Vanguard: Editing Out The Pope
Early last month a new Presbyterian church, conceived last September (see October 13 issue, page 46), began the birth process at historic Tabb Street Church in Petersburg, Virginia.
The seventy delegates and official “visiting brethren” installed ...1
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