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. 128, No. 11, May 31

Bill Cunningham New York
Bill Cunningham New York Directed by Richard Press The invigorating documentary Bill Cunningham New York offers a poignant portrait of a life devoted to the pursuit of beauty. The subject, a photographer who documents New York fashion in his...
Bodily Blessings
Last winter I spent five weeks on a catheter. The enlarged prostate that required this device is a condition unique to males, but catheterization is something experienced by both males and females. The experience left a variety of lasting impressions...
Cathedral Attendance Up, Says Church of England
Five days after one of Britain's great churches, London's Westminster Abbey, was seen on television by millions as the site of a royal wedding, the Church of England released statistics showing that weekly attendance at its 43 cathedrals rose by 7...
'Circle of Protection' Fights Budget Cuts
Catholic, evangelical, mainline Protestant, black and Latino Christian leaders have formed a "Circle of Protection" against U.S. cuts to poverty-fighting programs, gearing up for a high-stakes budget battle as Congress reconvenes. While recognizing...
Day of Prayer Marked with Dissenting Views
Supporters marked the 60th annual National Day of Prayer on May 5, just weeks after a federal appeals court dismissed a suit that challenged the law creating the day as unconstitutional. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson spoke of the "poignant...
Dismembership Plan
WHEN HOUSE of Mercy was founded in 1996, having a membership roll wasn't on its radar. "There were maybe 30 people at church," explained Debbie Blue, who has copastored the St. Paul, Minnesota, congregation since it began, "and most of them definitely...
Grateful, Not Joyful
THE HORRORS of World War I turned many thoughtful men and women into pacifists, including the Christian theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. But in the 1930s Niebuhr witnessed the rise of Nazism in Germany, a movement based on rabid anti-Semitism and dangerous...
Justice or Vengeance? the Killing of Bin Laden
"FOR GOD and country. Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo!" These were reportedly the words the commander of the Navy SEAL team uttered in signaling that Osama bin Laden had been killed and his body captured. In a televised speech announcing this news, President...
Loose Connections: What's Happening to Church Membership?
WHEN I WENT to church recently with a friend, we didn't attend her church because she doesn't have a church anymore. She was once a loyal member of a church but dropped her membership when she was disappointed by a change in leadership. Since then,...
Pastor-Mothers Balance Pulpit and Parenting
Every now and then, pastor Amy Butler will find herself having to do a little simultaneous parenting and preaching from her pulpit at Calvary Baptist Church in downtown Washington. "My daughter, in particular, knows the look," said Butler, whose...
Presbyterians Do Turnaround on Gay Clergy
Few experts in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) were predicting that 2011 would see the denomination dropping its three-decade opposition to ordaining gay and lesbian clergy. The PCUSA's General Assembly last July approved a measure to do just that--for...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, June 5 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 THE READING from 1 Peter seems oddly disconnected from recent lectionary themes. What are we to make of this language of fiery ordeals and roaring lions during Easter season? It conjures up images of Joan...
Religious Leaders React to Death of Bin Laden
After President Obama announced that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been shot dead in Pakistan, ebullient crowds gathered outside the White House and at Ground Zero to cheer the demise of the world's most wanted terrorist, smoking cigars and breaking...
To Join or Not to Join
St. Cyprian said that we can't have God as our Father if we don't have the church as our mother. It seems, however, that we live in an age in which people are less inclined to become church members--even when they are happy to have some church associations...
Two Grandmothers
WHEN I WAS A BOY I spent a lot of time with my grandmothers. One was a city grandmother who maintained a small but elegant Victorian home. The other was a country grandma who still lived on the family farm. Although both were getting by on Social...