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Major Inter-religious Advances Reported at N.c.c.j. Convention

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Major advances during the past year in promoting person-to-person contacts among Protestant, Catholic and Jewish leaders, to increase inter-religious understanding, were outlined here today in the annual report of Dr. Lewis Webster Jones, president of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. He made his report at the opening session of the organization’s 33rd annual meeting her.

Among the achievements of the organization listed in the report were substantial progress in the NCCJ’s program on religious freedom and public affairs, aided by a four-year grant of $325,000 from the Ford Foundation; the establishment by NCCJ officials of closer ties with leading European clergymen and religious leaders; and the publication of a number of works, including “Has Anti-Semitism Roots in Christianity,” by Dr. Jules Isaac.

Dr. Jones’ report also noted that the Conference had sponsored a number of “dialogues” of clergy and religious leaders in many cities across the country on major inter-religious issues and church-state problems.

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