PRESBYTERIAN a n d Congregational Church leaders from 75 nations voted on Thursday last week to merge the existing World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Inter
national Congregational Council to form one new church organisation. to be called the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (Presbyterian and Congregational).
The unanimous vote was taken on the first day of a 10day meeting in Nairobi. Kenya, between the two former Church organisations, their first joint meeting since 1897.
The delegates agreed to form study groups to draw up a new unified programme for the alliance. Conference sources said the discussions would include South Africa's racial policies.
The 13-man South African delegation, including black and white members, represents the South African Reformed Churches, which has backed the country's racial policies.
After the formal union ceremonies. the leaders of the two dissolved organisations — Dr. Wilhelm Niesel, president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, and Dr. Ahse E. Blade. Moderator of the International Congregational Council — addressed the assembly welcoming the merger.
During the meeting, the Rev. Marcel Pradervand. secretarygeneral of the World Presbyterian Alliance, described as "utterly unsatisfactory" the new Catholic position on mixed marriages.
He said nothing less than full mutual recognition of marriages performed in reformed churches was acceptable. He did. however, express gratification for the progress being made in talks with the Catholic Church on other issues.
New headmaster for Salesian College
PUPILS at the Salesian College, Farnborough, Hants, can expect music to play a big part in future school activities. This September. Fr. Thomas Carroll, S.D.B., takes over the headmastership from Fr. Michael Doyle, S.D.B., who has moved to Thornleigh Salesian College. Bolton.
Fr. Carroll this year celebrates his 25th year as a Salesian. He has studied music at London University and the Royal and Trinity Colleges of Music. He has served on the Council of the Church Music Association, composed Masses in Latin and English and reviewed church music for the CATHOLIC HERALD.
Although music is his main subject he has also taught religion, English, history, maths and economics. He has produced oratorios with school choirs, including the Dream of Gerontius this year. which was described in the Daily Telegraph as "an achievement of remarkable ambition."