NCC Head Says No Connection Between Delta Ministry, COFO

Newspaper Article
1965 - 1968
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The author reports that Bishop Rueben H. Muller of Indianapolis, Indiana, President of the National Council of Churches of Christ in America (NCC), has denied any connection between the NCC's Delta Ministry and the Council of Federated Organization's (COFO's) voter registration activity. They have refused to join COFO, Mueller states, because "it won't relate its program to religion." In addition, reports of COFO workers indulging in "sexual orgies" has led Mueller to not want to be associated with COFO. Nonetheless, he is in sympathy with their civil rights program. The Delta Ministry was created for "impoverished groups all over the country," and Mueller says that "We like to think that President Johnson's Anti-Poverty Program is an expanded version of what we started." Voter registration and adult education are key points of the program.

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Document Description: one-page photocopy of newspaper article; located in PLT Archive folder "Delta Ministry (Div. of Nat'l Council of Churches) pro, anti-literature"; part of "Exhibit F- A file of educational documents relating to Delta Ministry's operation in Mississippi" (1C/S03.27). 

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