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. 113, No. 30, October 23

Celibacy and Scandal in Britain
The Roman Catholic Church in Great Britain has been thrown into turmoil by new accusations that an already disgraced bishop, Roderick Wright, fathered a child 15 years ago. The 56-year-old Wright disappeared earlier for several days, accompanied by...
Churches Talk in Minsk
For the first time since the break up of the Soviet Union, 21 churches and Christian communities in the former U.S.S.R. have agreed to form a Christian Interconfessional Consultative Committee. During the late Soviet period various Christian churches...
Counsel on Kissing
THE KISS heard around the world revealed little about amour and a lot about our litigious society. When first-grader Johnathan Prevette of Lexington, North Carolina, planted a kiss on the cheek of a female classmate, he was forced to color alone in...
Courage and Faithfulness
ALEJANDRO HERNANDEZ had decided to spend the day visiting a member of his parish who was hospitalized in San Salvador, about an hour away from the village of Las Minas. It was also an opportunity to take the church's young people on a rare outing....
Court Opens Door to Clergy 'Malpractice.'
A recent groundbreaking decision made by the appellate division of the New Jersey Superior Court has cleared the way for a woman to sue an Episcopal priest on grounds of clergy malpractice. The court's ruling has been appealed. The case centers on...
For You and for You: A Communion Reflection
WE ARE ABOUT to engage in a strange, strange practice. Even the word we use for it is strange: communion. We don't really mean that, not most of the fume, now do we? We're tough, self-reliant--wouldn't have made it this far, by golly, if we weren't....
Learning in a War Zone
WE MUST DEMAND excellence at every level of education. We must insist that our students learn the old basics and the new basics they have to know for the next century." Bill Clinton's words echoed through Chicago's United Center as he accepted the...
Lifelong Learning
Burnout" is one of those words that catch the clerical imagination. Many in the ministry (and in all professions that serve human need) live with the reality of burnout. How do they deal with it? One false way is to assume a burden of guilt: If...
Rights Panel Reports on Church Burnings
In the view of Mary Frances Berry, chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, racial tensions, highlighted by the recent spate of predominantly black church burnings, need increased attention at the local level. Berry and other agency officials...
The End of Benevolence? Alarming Trends in Church Giving
When Marine biologists announce that all life in a lake will be dead in 50 years if the nearby chemical plant continues to dump materials into the lake, do they have something against fish? or do they want to cause trouble for the chemical factory?...
What Authority?
Baptists DO it; Catholics do it; up in Lutherandom the Lutherans do it; in Advent even Adventists do it. I am sure that Swedenborgians and Christadelphians do it; certainly the Reformed, both the Christian and the "in America," do it; at Pentecost...
What Is the Church: The Faith and Order Agenda
Moshi, Tanzania WHEN MEMBERS of the World Council of Churches' Faith and Order Commission gathered at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, their task was to chart new paths on several fronts. The two-week August meeting was one of the infrequent sessions...
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