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. 125, No. 14, July 15

Canada Apologizes for Abuse at Church-Run Aboriginal Schools
Church leaders in Canada hope that action will follow a public apology by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to victims of a policy whereby aboriginal children were placed in residential schools run by churches under a government policy of enforced assimilation....
Episcopal Dioceses Vary on Same-Sex Rite Policies
As California clerks began issuing civil marriage licenses to same-sex couples in mid-June, Episcopal bishops in the state took a variety of stances on whether their dioceses would provide religious rites for newly married gays and lesbians. In...
Failing on Human Rights: China Watcher Sophie Richardson
CHINA'S CRACKDOWN on protesters in Tibet has brought attention to China's record on human rights--unwelcome attention for the country that hopes this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing will bolster its image in the world. Protests have accompanied the...
Family Squabbles
WHEN I PACK my suitcase for the meeting of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), I often think of the words of 2 Samuel 11:1: "In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and...
Fundamentalists Regain Southern Baptist Presidency
Atlanta-area pastor Johnny Hunt has been elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, returning control of the 16-million-member denomination to its fundamentalist establishment. On June 10, the opening day of the 2008 SBC annual meeting...
High Anxiety: Dealing with Critics
RESPONDING effectively to criticism in ministry has been one of my growing edges for many years On a good day, when I'm well rested, spiritually grounded and in touch with my inner warrior woman, and the planets are properly aligned, I handle criticism...
Like a Child: Reflections on a Mission Trip
IN JANUARY of this year I went to the Dominican Republic with Edge Outreach to install water purifiers. We were in the capital city of Santo Domingo. I was surprised to learn that the city does not provide clean water to its residents. Those who can...
Mainline Shows Shift to Democrats
Although mainline Protestant denominations for decades have been closely linked to liberal causes--civil rights, women's movements, abortion rights and antiwar protests--most of their members have been mainstays of the Republican Party. However,...
Market Values
AS CHRISTIANS conquered pagan lands, they regularly superimposed Christian symbols on pagan shrines. I thought of this when I read that the buildings of Chicago Theological Seminary have been sold to the University of Chicago and will become the Milton...
My Facebook Friends
WITH ONE CHILD in college and two teenagers at home, I learned vicariously about "being friended" and "facebooking." My kids didn't want me to join Facebook, but relented when I told them that our seminary students were forming groups on Facebook and...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, July 20 Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43; Romans 8:12-25 WHEN I SIT with the Washington Post and my morning coffee, I have a sense that I'm hovering on a threshold; like many Americans, I remember September 11 and feel as if I'm waiting for the other...
Roman De Gare
Roman de Gare. Directed by Claude Lelouch. Starring Fanny Ardant, Audrey Dana and Dominique Pinon. Claude Lelouch's 1966 film A Man and a Woman remains the North Star of romantic French movies. It also remains his obit-leader, since Lelouch has...
Running out of Gas
Observers of American life have long wondered what it would take to disrupt our love affair with cars. It turns out that $4-a-gallon gasoline might do the trick. Last year for the first time in 28 years, Americans drove fewer miles than the year before....
Survey Finds Americans Flexible on Faith Tenets and Interpretations
Think you know what Americans believe about religion? Think again. * Seven in ten Americans who follow one particular faith believe that many religions can lead to eternal life. * Asked if there is "more than one true way to interpret" the teachings...
The Americanist: An Interview with Ken Burns
KEN BURNS'S acclaimed documentaries include The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz and, most recently, an account of World War II titled The War. His work has won Emmys, Grammys and numerous other awards and has been nominated for Academy Awards. He is working...
The Other Jewish Lobby
REMEMBER DENNIS KUCINICH (D., Ohio), the Democratic presidential candidate who brought a refreshing note of reality to the early primary debates? You don't remember him? In the memorable words of John Wayne: "Think back, Pilgrim." It was Kucinich who...
The World Comes to Qatar: Interfaith Conversations in an Arab Land
THE NATION OF QATAR, roughly the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island, is the world's leading producer of natural gas and has the highest per capita income of any country in the Arab world. A few decades ago it was a tribal society with an economy...