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. 25, December 15

Back Burner
President Obama goes to the Copenhagen conference on climate change this month in a weak position, unable to point to any significant U.S. plan for cutting carbon emissions. Though the U.S. has the highest per capita emissions in the world, it has...
Benedict's New Ecumenism: How Will Anglicans Respond?
POPE BENEDICT'S invitation to Anglican bodies to join the Roman Catholic Church was seen by some observers as historically momentous and by others as insignificant (after all, a provision has always been there for Anglicans to convert). Which is it?...
God with Us
THERE IS A veritable feast of recommended books and DVDs in this issue, and I have already circled and clipped several and left them lying in conspicuous places just in case anyone is wondering what to give me for Christmas. But my favorite Christmas...
King's Daughter Ready to Assume SCLC Helm
To many, she is simply known as the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., the five-year-old cuddled in her mother's lap at her father's funeral in 1968. But Bernice King, nicknamed "Bunny" by her parents, has grown up to become a minister...
Making Space for Peace: John Paul Lederach on Mediation
A COMMITMENT to mediating conflicts has taken John Paul Lederach to all corners of the globe. He is professor in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and he recently won the Reinhold Niebuhr Award given...
Mormons Back Housing, Job Rights for Salt Lake Gays
With the passage in November of nondiscrimination laws in Salt Lake City that expand gay rights, Mormon officials and gay activists have found a patch of common ground in Utah's capital. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints and gay organizations...
Muslim Teaching on War Part of Probe into Murders
Among the leads investigators explored as they sought to uncover what motivated Major Nidal M. Hasan to kill 13 fellow soldiers in early November at Fort Hood in Texas was his apparent worry that serving in the U.S. Army compromised his Muslim faith....
Pastors by Degree
THERE IS NO state regulation for the profession of pastoral ministry. Although you need a license to practice medicine or law, or to open up shop as a massage therapist, you don't need one to be a minister. There are expectations about what qualifies...
Pro-Life, Anti-Poor: The Impact of the Stupak Amendment
THE COALITION backing health-insurance reform is nowhere as fragile as on the issue of abortion. To keep America's most polarizing subject from derailing reform, most Democrats have long agreed that health-insurance legislation should be "abortion...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, December 20 Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) THE GREATEST Christmas carol in history was not written by Irving Berlin or Nat King Cole. The greatest carol is not "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" or "White Christmas" or even "Silent Night." ...
Russian Orthodox Uneasy with Protestant Trends
In October, Lutheran Bishop Margot Kassman of Hanover, Germany, was elected as the first woman and, at 51, the youngest cleric to head the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), an umbrella body of Protestant churches with 24 million members. She is...
Tutu Lauds Boesak's Return from Politics to Ministry
ARCHBISHOP Desmond Tutu has praised the decision by Allan Boesak, an antiapartheid icon and former president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, to quit politics and join "God's party." "I cannot say how thrilled I am that Allan has followed...
Waiting Room
If 1967 was America's Summer of Love, 2009 will be remembered as the Summer of Anger. Town halls became "town hells" and tempers flared on the Internet and across other media. But let's imagine that tomorrow major global problems were solved and...
Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are. Directed by Spike Jonze. Starring Catherine Keener and Max Records. Spike Jonze's film of Maurice Sendak's classic children's book, Where the Wild Things Are, substitutes pop psychology for Sendak's exuberant, anarchic...