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. 4, February 22

A Ministry Team Responds to Disasters
Three years after a gunman opened fire and killed six people at a City Council meeting in Kirkwood, Missouri, pastor David A. Holyan found himself in Tucson, Arizona, within days after the January 8 shootings that killed six and injured 13, including...
At Institute of Peace Religions Play Role in Peacemaking Efforts
Just steps from the Lincoln Memorial, a new building--topped by a translucent white roof that resembles the wings of a giant dove--is puzzling tourists and commuters alike. What is it? Who works there? The answer is the United States Institute of...
Catholic Hospitals, Bishops Reach Accord
In the wake of public spats between the Catholic hierarchy and health-care executives, the Catholic Health Association publicly acknowledged that bishops--not doctors or hospital ethicists--have the final say on questions of medical morality. The...
Expect a Whirlwind
IN THE FILM NOIR classic Sunset Boulevard, Norma Desmond is an aging silent-film star with her pride fully inflated but her glory days well behind her. Early in the movie, a man driving by Norma's crumbling mansion has a flat tire, and he knocks on...
Formative Moments: Faith at an Early Age
The term theological education brings to mind formal study in seminary classrooms or other institutions. But people's deepest convictions about God and their deepest stirrings of faith are often formed at an early age. They may spend their later years...
Going Deeper
When theologian Stanley Hauerwas sought to join a Methodist church in Indiana some years ago, the pastor asked him about his prior church commitments. Hauerwas admitted that he wasn't sure where or when he had last been a formal member of a congregation....
Growing Christians: A Four-Stage Catechism
I DID MY clinical pastoral education at the Central Correctional Institution on the banks of the Congaree River, which flows through the city of Columbia, South Carolina. The old dungeonlike facility has since been torn down and an upscale housing...
King's Daughter Declines Helm of SCLC
FIFTEEN MONTHS after being tapped to head the civil rights group founded by her famous father, Bernice King has declined the post, citing a leadership clash and an inability to "move forward." King's decision leaves the venerable Southern Christian...
Life Drawing
IN THIS ISSUE, several theological educators, authors and leaders recall experiences that were key in the formation of their faith. For example, Michael Jinkins, a seminary president, recalls a conversation he had with his mother about a verse of scripture...
Losing Their Religion
Somewhere along the way, European cinema lost its religion. As recently as 1995, the Vatican published a well-informed list of 45 "great films," with a predictable emphasis on religious and spiritual themes, and European contributions were much in...
On a Chocolate Mission: A Socially Conscious Entrepreneur
SHAWN ASKINOSIE is the founder and owner of Askinosie Chocolate, a socially and environmentally conscious business in Springfield, Missouri. Askinosie works closely with farmers in four global regions. While producing award-winning chocolate, he seeks...
Pew Study Charts Growth in Muslim Population
The U.S. Muslim population is expected to double over the next 20 years, fueled by immigration and higher than average fertility rates, according to a new Pew report. The study comes as some critics accuse Muslim Americans of seeking to impose Shari'a,...
Rabbis Petition Murdoch to Crack Down on Fox's Holocaust References
Hundreds of American rabbis used Holocaust Remembrance Day last month to push media mogul Rupert Murdoch to "sanction" Glenn Beck and other Fox News personalities on the use of Nazi and Holocaust references. The "Sanction Glenn Beck" letter on January...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sundays, February 27 Mathew 6:24-34 AT 28, SCOTT Harrison asked himself, "What would the opposite of my life look like?" As a businessman in New York, he had all the signs of success. But after asking himself this question, he used his considerable...
Seeds and Sowers: A Congregation Confronts a Parable
THE BIBLE HAS the power to generate new meaning in new contexts and thereby to affirm both unity and diversity in communities whose members engage one another around the text. To show students this way of engaging biblical literature, I often show...
The Fighter
The Fighter Directed by David O. Russell Starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams Boxing movies are hardly ever about boxing. Instead, they use boxing as a vehicle to explore larger issues such as raw ambition (Champion),...
UCC Suspends Ex-President Who Admitted to Affair
The former president of the United Church of Christ has been suspended for one year and ordered to undergo a "program of growth" after he admitted last year to an affair with a former coworker. The UCC announced January 21 that an association within...
U.S. Judge Rules against Lutheran Retirees' Claims
In a blow to retirees of a major Lutheran publishing house, a federal judge has ruled that the now-dissolved pension plan of Augsburg Fortress was exempt from federal regulations that would have required it to meet minimum funding levels. But the...