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IMPLEMENTING VATICAN II f Council of Churches. The name was changed to its current title in 1980. The purpose of the group is to "do things together which none of the church leaders could do alone," Dortch said. It is made up of 12 bishops or judicatories who serve as leaders of different churches. Bishop McDonald has served on the conference advisory council since 1980. "Anything we as conference members do, he's part of it," she said. "He's been very good about it. You can always count on him7 The conference sponsored a church service at the Cathedral of St. Andrew commemorating 40 years of progress in race relations after the Central High integration conflict. Bishop McDonald was master of ceremonies at the event. In a mov- ing ceremony, each of the Little Rock Nine, the black students Day Adventist minister a third view. Bishop McDonald defended the Church's opposition to birth control in a manner which illus" trated the leaders' differences without being confrontative 0r divisive, Rev. Henning recalled. In the spring of 1985, BishOP McDonald joined several other religious leaders for a meeting with U.S. Senators Dale Bumpers and David Pryor, both Democrats from Arkansas. The discussion centered on produC" tion of nuclear weapons at the peak of the Cold War betwee the United States and the soviet who integrated Union. ] Central High in 1957,"All of us felt the stockpiling entered the Cathedral of nuclear weapons represented carrying a candle, a great destructive potential for "It happened. We're the globe and life as we knew itf sorry it happened. It will never hap- pen again," Bishop McDonald told the gathering, as Dortch recalled. Interfaith Discussion Bishop McDonald is a regu- lar participant of interfaith discussion. One such event was a seminar at the Oasis Center in Little Rock on world popula- tion issues. Bishop McDonald represented the Catholic view, Rev. Henning the Presby- terian view and a Seventh Rev. Henning said. "We support- ed legislation for some policy of reduction of nuclear arms" Bishop McDonald has joiried Catholic-Jewish dialogue afld promoted Vatican policies for cooperation between the two faiths, Rabbi Eugene LeVy of Temple B'nai Israel in Little ROClC said. Bishop McDonald is sched" uled to speak at the temple Little Rock in the spring of 1999. The topic is a book about PoPe John Paul II and his relation Jewish people in Poland. Arkansas CathOlic