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. 122, No. 7, April 5

Baptists in Texas, Virginia May Join World Alliance
In what would be a first for the Baptist World Alliance, state associations of Southern Baptists in Virginia and Texas--who at times assert their independence from the Southern Baptist Convention--have been recommended as full members in the Baptist...
Church Leaders Decry Bush Budget
SHORTLY BEFORE Capitol Hill got down to brass tacks on President Bush's $2.57 trillion budget for 2006, the spending proposal came under blistering criticism in separate critiques by mainline Protestant leaders and the head of Catholic Charities USA....
Consorting with Aliens
Sunday, April 10 Luke 24:13-35; 1 Peter 1:17-23 A FUNNY THING happened to a pastor friend of mine. His congregation was baptizing a family in a river that ran not far from the Hispanic church that he served. As the newly baptized members came out...
Episcopal Church to Forgo New Bishops for Year, Leaders Say
Seeking to accompany its apology to overseas Anglicans for the anguish caused by approving a gay bishop's ordination in 2003, the U.S. Episcopal bishops have decided to withhold consent for any new bishops elected by dioceses over the next 14 months....
Flocking Together
Sunday, April 17 John 10:1-10 GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY! The imagery in the readings is beautiful and triumphant a fitting trumpeting of Christ's victory over sin death and the devil. The foreboding passion sayings are past, the betrayals have been left...
Gathering in Expectation
On the night before he died, Jesus gave instructions for how the church was to stay together and remember him. His instructions were these: eat together. In learning to eat together, the early Christians discovered they had to learn other skills...
Gay Marriage Conflict Renewed in California
Gay and lesbian activists cheered a ruling by a San Francisco judge that has overturned a statewide ban on gay marriage, but their conservative opponents say the rekindled controversy will ignite efforts to pass amendments to state and federal constitutions....
Good Sports
PERHAPS ONLY in the U.S. would the "integrity of baseball" or any sport be the focus of political speeches and front-page newspaper articles. Surveying the massive press coverage of the congressional hearings March 17 on steroid use in Major League...
Graceful Presence
THOSE OF US who work in the church know how trivial, vain and self-serving the "institutional" church (as we used to call it in seminary--as if there were any other kind) can be. But we also wonder what we would do without the church. How could you...
Hidden Lives
THE OPENING SCENES establish the unforced style of Nobody Knows, a heart-rending film by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda about four Tokyo youngsters who are abandoned by their mother. The mother (played by the actress You) appears before a new...
Not about Me: Prayer Is the Work of a Lifetime
OUR NEIGHBORS were visiting a cathedral in Italy with their three-year-old son. He saw a woman kneeling in one of the pews and asked what she was doing. "She's praying," he was told. "She's asking God for things." A few minutes late,- his parents found...
Oregon Reports Drop in Doctor-Aided Suicide
Thirty-seven Oregonians died by doctor-assisted suicide last year, a slight decrease from 42 the year before, according to a state report. During the seven-year, history of Oregon's Death With Dignity Act, assisted suicide has accounted for 208 deaths--roughly...
Peace Churches Warn of 'Back Door Draft'
Leaders of a dozen Mennonite, Quaker and Brethren churches that shun military service say they will coordinate their plans for "alternative service" programs for conscientious objectors should a draft be reinstated. That coalition of historic "peace...
Practicing Incarnation
WHOEVER TIED EASTER to the spring equinox made a very good decision. For those who are so inclined, there is no better time for feeling alive, as the whole world wakes from winter and makes new birth look easy. Clumps of green grass erupt from the...
Shared Solitude
BECOMING AN OBLATE--literally "one who is offered"--means joining a particular Christian monastic community as a kind of lay associate. An oblate takes no vows but does affirm the intention to live by a modified version of the order's rule, while continuing...
Virtual Spirituality
BECAUSE I HAVE on occasion spoken critically of current fashions in spirituality; I am asked: "What have yon got against 'being spiritual' and 'spirituality'?" This is a good moment to respond. Two kinds of spirituality receive attention today....
'Where I'm at Sunday'
TREASURING THE freedom that allows us to honor our unique traditions and keep up with the times, we propose these special Sundays in the church year and offer accompanying liturgical resources: Where I'm At Sunday, May 8 (formerly Confirmation Sunday)...
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