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. 16, August 9

All Due Respect: Honoring Others
FOR THE forthcoming book Abraham's Children: Liberty and Tolerance in an Age of Religious Conflict (edited by Kelly Clark), I contributed an eassy on respect. In my view the Christian faith urges equal and universal respect, and it was not hard to...
Alternative Ways
IN 1997 I TRAVELED to Croatia on behalf of my denomination to visit the Reformed churches and the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek. The shooting war had stopped, but bullet holes marked the facade of the hotel I stayed in. Racial and religious...
A Time to Spend
In these tough times, Americans are tightening their belts--and their govemmerit needs to do the same." Versions of this line have enjoyed bipartisan popularity lately. President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and other leaders from both parties...
Bachmann's Former Church Explains Antipapal View
The Lutheran denomination that GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann quit in June has sought to explain its belief that the papacy is the Antichrist after reports questioned whether Bachmann is anti-Catholic. Six days before Bachmann...
Bearing Testimony
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Katherine Willis Pershey Western Springs, Illinois Katherine Willis Pershey is a graduate of Claremont School of Theology in California. After serving as the pastor of a Disciples of Christ congregation in California,...
Camp Meeting: At the Wild Goose Festival
A GROUP OF 20 white folk sat at the feet of African-American storyteller Melvin Bray as he explored "How Now Shall Wild Goosers Live?" It was the last day of the Wild Goose Festival, which brought together nearly 1,700 mainline Christians, emerging-church...
Churches Seek New Life under New Names
For Living Faith Lutheran Church, the name change was as much about the future as the past. On the last Sunday of June, the Rockville, Maryland, congregation formally bid goodbye to its old name, Crusader Lutheran Church. "We're not saying [Crusader]...
Church Leaders Challenge Alabama's Immigration Law
Faith leaders have joined a coalition of civil fights groups to file a federal lawsuit challenging Alabama's new immigration law described by Gov. Robert Bentley as the strongest in the country. Greater Birmingham Ministries, a multiracial organization...
Ecumenical Veteran Sees a 'New Frontier'
When Wesley Granberg-Michaelson was younger, the bad blood between Christian denominations made the notion of a modern-day ecumenical movement seem farfetched. Now the recently retired general secretary of the Reformed Church in America says American...
Episcopalians Defend Bishop's Decision in Clergy Sexual Abuse Case
The Episcopal Church is rejecting charges that its top leader, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, mishandled the ordination of a former priest who is now accused of sexual abuse. Jefferts Schori has remained silent on the matter, which...
Freedom Riders, Israeli Style
Vera Kreidlin boarded an empty No. 56 bus for the 25-minute ride from a religious neighborhood in the heart of the city to Ramat Shlomo, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish enclave in East Jerusalem. Dressed in a cotton shirt and jeans on a sweltering July day,...
Irish Government Releases 'Damning' Abuse Report
A SPECIAL commission sponsored by the Irish government criticized a bishop for failing to report allegations of clerical sexual abuse to police and noted "concerns" about the same bishop's own interactions with a teenage boy. The commission's report,...
Love & Gravity: Songs from LaSalle Street Church
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Love & Gravity: Songs from LaSalle Street Church (self-released) Outside of Nashville or Los Angeles, perhaps no house of worship has more recording studio owners per capita than Chicago's LaSalle Street Church....
Meek's Cutoff
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Meek's Cutoff Directed by Kelly Reichardt Starring Michelle Williams and Bruce Greenwood It's 1845, and three couples in rickety covered wagons are headed west on the Oregon Trail. To lead them they have hired...
Mideast Christian Fear
A century ago, a wide-ranging Catholic Encyclopedia tried to give believers an alternative to secular reference works like the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Now available online, the Catholic work offers wonderful browsing for anyone interested in Christian...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, August 14 Genesis 45:1-15; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15:10-20, 21-28 MY GRANDMOTHER WAS from a part of the world that no longer exists. As an immigrant to the U.S. between two wars, she saw people raped and murdered and towns plundered....
Reform That Works: The Community Schools Movement
THE 2010 DOCUMENTARY film Waiting for Superman, about the failures of the American education system, includes the story of a fifth-grader named Daisy. She is bright, passionate and charismatic. Though the child of a custodian and a high school dropout,...
The Mass Finds Its Voice
I FIRST ENCOUNTERED the mass in midair. At least, that's how it felt. I was lying on my stomach on the living room carpet in a Manhattan apartment 13 stories above ground, listening to my parents' recording of Bach's Mass in B Minor. I had never attended...