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. 10, May 19

Alliance of Baptists Urges End to Cuba Travel Ban
The Alliance of Baptists applauded President Obama for loosening restrictions on Americans' travel to Cuba and called for more U.S. policy reform during the progressive group's April 17-19 convocation in Charlotte, North Carolina. After experiencing...
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Goodbye Solo
Goodbye Solo. Written and directed by Ramin Bahrani. Starring Souleymane Sy Savane and Red West. An old Senegalese proverb says, "An elder who dies is like a library that burns." This belief is at the heart of the small but moving independent...
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Holy Ground: A Pastoral Call
IT HAD BEEN almost three months since I made a pastoral call on Jack Matthews, who is one of our elderly parishioners now living at Pittsburgh's Westminster Residences. He mentioned this to an elder, who might have said something to a few other church...
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Judge Declines to Halt Installation of New Pastor at Riverside Church
A New York judge has denied a request by a group of parishioners at the landmark Riverside Church to postpone the installation of the church's new senior pastor because of anger over his compensation package, reported to be worth more than $600,000....
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Passing It Along: The Generous People of Fortin De Las Flores
AS YET ANOTHER cargo train thunders past her house in Fortin de las Flores, Mexico, Benita Juarez wraps a scarf around her head and looks up. In addition to its usual load of sugar cane, coffee and automobiles, the train carries migrants traveling...
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Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, May 24 John 17:6-19 FOR SOME the words of scripture pierce the heart and enlighten the darkened mind. But for others scripture is opaque, archaic or so overwritten by prior interpretations--brilliant or deadening--that they cannot read...
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Reforma Evangelica
When Americans discuss the great crisis facing the Roman Catholic Church, they usually are thinking of the notorious sex abuse scandals. Vatican authorities, though, worry more about another crisis, one with potentially far graver implications for...
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Seminary Rebounds, Plans Multifaith University
On the verge of losing accreditation in 2006 during its third straight year of bleeding red ink, the Claremont School of Theology faced an uncertain future. Some faculty members left the United Methodist-related seminary nestled near scenic mountains...
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Sikh Wisdom
ONE OF THE MOST recognizable pieces of religious architecture in the world is the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, the most significant place of worship of the Sikhs. The upper part of this ornate rectangular marble structure is covered in gold. I...
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Silent on Guns
WHY AREN'T WE TALKING about guns? A week before Easter, three Pittsburgh police officers were shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance. Apparently they were met by a 22-year-old man wearing a bullet-proof vest and armed with several...
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Sunshine-Powered: The Next Agrarian Revolution
TODAY'S TRANSCONTINENTAL head of lettuce, grown in California but eaten in Washington, D.C., is emblematic of our dysfunctional food economy. For every calorie of food energy this lettuce provides, roughly 35 calories of fossil fuel energy will have...
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The Line on Stem Cells
Activists on both sides were disappointed when the Obama administration revealed its policy on embryonic stem cell research last month. The guidelines issued by the National Institutes of Health are "not bold enough," in the view of the New York Times....
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U.S. Denounces Iran's Treatment of American Journalist
An Iranian-American journalist convicted of espionage by Iran's Revolutionary Court and sentenced to eight years in prison has become an unwitting figure in the tensions between the United States and the Middle Eastern nation. Roxana Saberi, 31,...
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White House Takes Centrist Step on Stem Cell Research
The Obama administration has clarified its policy on embryonic stem cell research, issuing draft guidelines to expand federal funding for the controversial research but retaining a ban on funding for its most ethically fraught versions. The proposed...
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