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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13, 1967 — The Lon­don Mis­sion­ary So­ci­ety, which founded the Iny­ati Mis­sion, the first in Rhode­sia, in 1859, has merged two other churches to form the United Con­gre­ga­tional Church of South­ern Africa, with a com­bined mem­ber­ship of about 104 000 peo­ple. The chair­man of the new church is the Rev JK Main, who lives at Hope Foun­tain Mis­sion, near Bu­l­awayo, and who is also the new sec­re­tary of the Rhode­sian and Botswana re­gional coun­cils.

This was an­nounced yes­ter­day by the Rev Paul King, pre­vi­ously min­is­ter to the Con­gre­ga­tional Union of South Africa Churches in Bu­l­awayo and now min­is­ter to the new church here.

He said the main ef­fect will be a multi-racial ap­proach at Rhode­sia Re­gional Coun­cil meet­ings of the new church. The Lon­don Mis­sion­ary So­ci­ety, he ex­plained, had been en­tirely African. It had seven main sta­tions in Rhode­sia — each of which had be­neath it 20 to 30 district churches.

The Con­gre­ga­tional Union of South Africa, mainly Euro­pean, had four churches in Rhode­sia — at Sal­is­bury, Que Que, Red­cliff and Bu­l­awayo. The third church to merge into new body was the Bantu Con­gre­ga­tional Church in Natal, formed by the Amer­i­can Board Mis­sion in the early part of this cen­tury.

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