The Christian Century

Founded on January 4, 1900, The Christian Century is a biweekly magazine published by The Christian Century. Its subject is religion. The Rev. John M. Buchanan is Editor and Publisher and David Heim is Executive Editor.

Articles from Vol. 126, No. 15, July 28

American Baptist Progressives Nix Restructuring
While celebrating the denomination's broad ethnic, regional and linguistic diversity at their biennial meeting June 26-28, members of the American Baptist Churches USA also exhibited their ideological diversity Delegates, meeting in Pasadena, California,...
Course Correction: A Congregation Faces the Financial Crisis
THE EVENTS OF the last two years have been humbling--even for New Yorkers, a breed not easily humbled. When I first moved to Manhattan, I was often startled when someone offered a complimentary comment about another person, saying that he or she was...
Evangelicals Tap New Lobbyist for Washington
America's largest evangelical umbrella group has tapped a veteran expert on refugee resettlement and international relief efforts as its new top lobbyist in Washington, D.C. Galen Carey, 53, will serve as director of government affairs for the National...
Ex-Episcopalians Launch Rival Anglican Church Body
Conservative Anglicans disenchanted with the liberal direction in their U.S. and Canadian churches say they are confident that a new church body formally launched in June will one day gain a seat in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The new Anglican...
Hard Times: Lessons of the Economic Downturn
How should Christians understand--and what should they learn from--the worst economic downturn since the Depression? Does the crisis raise fundamental moral or theological questions about our economic system? Four scholars offer their reflections....
H Is for Holy: A Theological Dictionary
NO! BLURTED the expert on Japanese Buddhism. He was a member of a group of interreligious and interdisciplinary thinkers charged with coming up with a consensus statement. His no was prompted by a proposal from the Vatican's representative, who wanted...
Justice for the South Bronx: Activist Alexie Torres-Fleming
AFTER MOVING OUT of the Bronx neighborhood where she grew up and finding a corporate job in Manhattan, Alexie Torres-Fleming decided it was time to return to the Bronx. She got involved in neighborhood issues, and in 1994 she founded Youth Ministries...
Kibbutz Metzer: An Enduring Arab-Israeli Friendship
ON A VISIT to Israel last year a colleague suggested that I visit Kibbutz Metzer, a community founded by Argentinean Jewish emigres in the 1950s. So along with my Quaker traveling companion and one other American, I hired a taxi and drove north from...
Lincoln Log
THIS YEAR MARKS the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, which makes this summer a good time to read or reread a Lincoln biography. The more I learn about Lincoln the more fascinated I am by his range of intellectual curiosity, by his...
New Pastor Quits Riverside Church amid Conflict
THE SENIOR minister of New York City's famed Riverside Church has resigned just two months following his installation, after a nasty fight with his new flock landed the church in court. Brad Braxton's abrupt departure comes amid congregational discord...
Reading Reverie
AFTER A WEEK of chilly, rainy weather, a bright sunny day finally arrived here in New England. Not too hot, not too cool: it was, as Goldilocks found the baby bear's porridge to be, just right. My daughter, who had spent the cold, wet days reading...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, August 27, 2009 John 6:24-35; Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15; Ephesians 4:1-16 MANY PREACHERS, facing the summer lectionary in Year B, ask why there are five weeks of John 6. The simplest answer is that the first draft of this three-year lectionary...
Soccer Diplomacy
Iran is a young country: the median age is about 26. Young Iranians, who are connected to the outside world through the Internet and satellite TV, made their presence known in the streets as they protested the outcome of Iran's presidential election....
Southern Baptists Seek to Shake Membership Malaise
Southern Baptists opened their annual meeting last month with calls to turn around plummeting baptism rates, even as researchers warned that the nation's largest Protestant body could lose half its size by mid-century. "I really do believe that...
Support System
WESTCHESTER COUNTY, which lies directly north of New York City, is well known for its many classic suburban communities where cars line up at train stations at 6 p.m. each day to pick up returning executives and money managers. Through the first half...
The World Next Door
There is a new phenomenon in the heartland. As far as I know, it is little observed and has not yet been named. I will call it rural cosmopolitanism. I grew up in northwestern Oklahoma, roughly ten miles from the southwestern border of Kansas. About...
Up
Up. Directed by Pete Docter. Featuring the voices of Ed Asner, Jordan Nagai and Christopher Plummer. The sweet and thrilling Pixar animated feature Up is a paean to the possibilities that remain in a life shadowed by loss and disappointment....
You Are My Little Bird
Back before pop diva Lisa Loeb became a household name, she and Elizabeth Mitchell performed together at Brown University. While Mitchell didn't achieve Loeb's fame, she possesses no less talent--and on her album for children, You Are My Little Bird...