A school board in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn voted to bar on-campus student visitation by religious groups—ending the presence of Young Life and Campus Life representatives in the four high schools of Glenbard District 87 (March 2 issue, p. 62). The board’s action signified a victory of sorts for nine local clergymen who filed a protest last June against alleged proselytizing by religious groups in the high schools. The novisitation order was included in one of five policies passed by the board, all designed to ensure “religious neutrality” in the schools. The board tabled a policy that would forbid public prayer at school functions. (An editorial on the subject appeared in the March 23 issue, p. 12).

The fifty churches and 2,500 members previously served by the New Covenant Apostolic Order (NCAO) have organized as a denomination—the Evangelical Orthodox Church. Peter Gillquist, one of seven former Campus Crusade staff members who formed the NCAO five years ago, said the denomination’s purpose is to promote unity among Christians, or restoration of “the One Holy Church.” Gillquist said the denomination, of which he is presiding bishop, will seek intercommunion with other churches; the group already has sought ties with the Orthodox Church in America, the largest Russian Orthodox body in the U.S.

Eleven leaders of conservative renewal movements, representing eight groups from within six Protestant denominations, pooled common concerns at a third annual meeting. Conference convener Matthew J. Welde, of Presbyterians United for Biblical Concerns, noted an increase in renewalist groups, and Gordon-Conwell Seminary professor Richard Lovelace told the group that greater unity among evangelicals, across denominational lines, ...

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