The Fifth Assembly of the World Council of Churches (W.C.C.) opened on Sunday (23 November)?
GV Delegates arriving at Conference centre (5 shots)
GV Masai girl dancers (2 shots).
SCU Masai girl holding bible.
SV Clergyman making protest against Communism (2 shots).
CU World Council of Churches sign.
GV Interior Conference in progress.
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Background: The Fifth Assembly of the World Council of Churches (W.C.C.) opened on Sunday (23 November) in Nairobi, Kenya, with a colourful ecumenical service of dedication. The only discordant note was introduced with a demonstration by Scottish Calvanists.
Led by Pastor Jack Glass of the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church of Hillhead, Glasgow, Scotland, the demonstrators condemned the Assembly and called on the W.C.C. to condemn Roman Catholicism, Communism and terrorism. The demonstration lasted only a few moments as the Pastor seized a microphone from an official prayer reader before he and two supporters were hustled away by Kenyan Police. They were detained in a room in the Kenyatta Conference Centre where the Assembly is meeting.
The Assembly, which is being held in Africa for the first time, is expected to produce a heated debate on the issue of continued support for African liberation movements. There may be sharp divisions of opinion over the decision, made at the last Assembly in 1968 at Uppsala, Sweden, to provide financial aid to the movements.
The opening ceremony was attended by most of the 2,300 delegates and observers. They saw the churchmen, led by African drummers and a young Masai girl in traditional tribal dress and beads and a white cloak, walk in procession round the square outside the 28 floor Conference Centre.
Mr. Glass was held for questioning by the Kenyan police for about 90 minutes. He said later that there was no question of his being deported. A W.C.C. spokesman said Mr. Glass was not a delegate or an observer to the Assembly. He described him as a supporter of the Reverend Ian Paisley, the Northern Ireland M.P. and hard-line Protestant minister who opposes the ecumenical movement.
Mr. Glass said he had broken away from Mr. Paisley and the International Council of Christian Churches six years ago. In 1965 he was arrested in Rome during the visit to the Vatican of the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Michael Ramsey.