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. 127, No. 5, March 9

Becoming Myself: A Transgender Pastor's Story
SOMEHOW MY SHAKING fingers kept pushing the buttons on the phone. All I could think as a voice answered was, "God help me." "Hello," I said. "This is Eric Swenson. Is Reverend Greene there?" Maybe there was still a chance that I could leave a message....
Booting Up Books
Hardly a day passes without someone declaring the death of the book. Recently Lisa Miller of Newsweek viewed an electronic edition of the Bible that was replete with linked maps, a commentary and dictionary, and 700 paintings depicting biblical scenes....
Born in Haiti's Rubble 12 Days after the Quake
Marie Sylsalve cradled her ten-day-old son McAnley and reflected on the past weeks that have taken an almost incomprehensible toll on her family and nation. She last saw her husband Andre in the moments immediately following the January 12 earthquake...
Churches Calculate Their Risks
For Travis Hutchinson, the life of a pastor in a small-town Georgia church is about preaching the gospel, ministering to the needy and, increasingly, figuring out how to handle an ever-growing list of risks. Some new risks are real and demand vigilance,...
Church Officials Hail Political Agreement in Northern Ireland
Church leaders in Ireland have welcomed an agreement concluded between the two largest political parties in Northern Ireland, which will see the completion of a process of devolving power from the British government. The Roman Catholic Primate of...
Enemies of the People: Mark Potok Monitors Hate
MARK A. POTOK heads up the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project and is editor of Intelligence Report magazine. The SPLC, founded as a law firm specializing in protecting civil rights, is one of the chief monitors of race-based hate groups...
Entry Points
I HAVE READ most of what Harvey Cox has written over the decades. One sign of Cox's longevity is the relative price of his books: my dog-eared paperback copy of Secular City bears a printed price of $1.45. The Future of Faith, published last fall,...
Feast Day in Leadville
EVERY YEAR on December 12, the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexican-Americans in Leadville, Colorado, make a three-mile pilgrimage along Highway 24--from a trailer park to the town center. While this celebration may not be the most northern...
Free-Wheel Offering: A Congregation's Bike Ministry
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ANTHONY SIRACUSA came to First Congregational UCC in Memphis in 2002. A legally emancipated 17-year-old and a high-school dropout, he came with sadness and anger but also with ideas and hope. He was living in an anarchist...
Lent's Terrible Gift: Lessons in Dying
AT THE END of every yoga class we practice dying. Our teacher cautions us that the corpse pose, or shavasana, is the most difficult of all yoga postures to master, but for those of us whose legs and arms are trembling from an hour's exertion in warrior...
Obama Uses Prayer Breakfast to Challenge Host, Uganda
President Obama chided conservative religious and political leaders at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, condemning an antigay bill in Uganda and challenging them not to question his faith or his citizenship. "We may disagree about gay marriage,...
Pilgrim's Progress
HAVING LIVED IN the town of Jonathan Edwards and his grandfather Solomon Stoddard for some 20 years, I've come to feel a kinship to the 17th- and 18th-century Puritan divines--as if they were relatives who somehow got left off my family tree. When...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, March 14 Psalm 32;2 Cor. 5:16-21; Luke 15:11b-32 IN MY (SOUTHERN) Baptist tradition, preachers don't generally use the lectionary. If we come up with a decent reflection that's somewhat related to one recognizable biblical passage, it's...
Some YMCAs Seek to Reclaim 'C' in the Name
The wooden box, not quite big enough to hold a pair of shoes, sits on the reception desk, just inside the Sherwood, Oregon, YMCA. Once a day, Roger Button empties the box, finds a quiet place to sit and prays over the slips of paper he finds inside....
Textbook Case
In January, almost a year after its heated debate over the science curriculum, the Texas State Board of Education started meeting to revise the state s social studies program. The board s once-a-decade decisions on cirriculum are nationally significant....
The Young Victoria
The Young Victoria Directed by lean-Marc Vallee Starring Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany and Miranda Richardson The Young Victoria, a chronicle of Queen Victoria's early days on the English throne, avoids all the historical-epic pitfalls....
Too Much Practice: Second Thoughts on a Theological Movement
FEW THINGS are more humbling for a professor than to hear your classroom assertions parroted back to you. In the student's puerile response you hear an echo of your own pronouncement-but on undergraduate lips the thought sounds unbearably stupid. ...
Uganda's Anglican Church Proposes Amending Existing Antigay Laws over New Bill
The Anglican Church of Uganda says it now prefers to see some changes to existing antihomosexuality laws rather than passage of a totally new bill that many international church and secular leaders have condemned. Still, the church has said there...