North American Scene
William Howard, the black American Baptist pastor who was recently elected president of the National Council of Churches, called for a redistribution of wealth in the United States. Speaking at the annual prayer breakfast sponsored by California governor Jerry Brown, Howard said his solution to the disparity between rich and poor was not necessarily Marxist, but one that could be worked out in church forums. Speakers in previous years at Brown’s nontraditional prayer breakfasts have been Martin Luther King, Sr., Brazilian archbishop and human rights activist Dom Helder Camara, and anthropologist Gregory Bateson.
The United States membership in the Salvation Army increased by 60 percent over the last twenty years, according to retiring national commissioner Paul S. Kaiser. There were 400,000 U.S. members and 2.5 million worldwide in 1977. Kaiser said that Army growth has been greatest in Africa, Indonesia, and South Korea.
Carmino de Cantazaro, who was elected the first Canadian bishop of the fledgling Anglican Church of North America, now has rejected the post—saying he would not be consecrated. He was one of the first priests to resign from the Anglican Church of Canada to join the new denomination, which was organized by Episcopalians upset by their parent church’s approval of women priests and modernization of the Book of Common Prayer (Nov. 17, 1978, issue, p. 40). A “high” vs. “low” church controversy, which erupted at the formative convention last October, reportedly continues among constituents.
The U.S. Catholic Bishops, who recently approved a special offering for church media work, organized four public hearings this month: Catholic parishioners will set priorities on how the $7 million collection ...1
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