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. 118, No. 25, September 12

A Timorese Triumph
AFTER MORE THAN 400 years of foreign occupation and domination, East Timor is getting a taste of freedom and self-rule. On August 30 the people of this long-beleaguered island--the only predominantly Christian region in the Indonesian archipelago--joyfully...
`Close-Knit' Megachurches
THE FIRST systematic survey of U.S. megachurches has shown that while they average some 3,850 worshipers weekly, a full 50 percent of them say they feel like "a close-knit family." The study also found that the very big congregations affiliated with...
Crosswords
WOULD YOU LIKE to make working crosswords more difficult? Ian Alterman suggests two methods, beginning with "to fill in the first `across' word, and then use only the letters from that word to continue. An even more challenging method is to fill in...
Debacle in Durban
TWO FOLLIES, both with track records, were on full display at the recent United Nations conference on racism held in Durban, South Africa: Arab and Islamic states persisted in their misguided effort to brand Zionism as inherently racist, and the U.S....
ELCA Tinkers with Ecumenism
ACTING UNILATERALLY, the Evangelical Lutheran Church America has placed in jeopardy its relationship of "full communion" with the Episcopal Church. At its August biennial session in Indianapolis, the Lutheran body's churchwide assembly narrowly approved...
Going on Faith
THE WHITE HOUSE initiative on faith-based social services, widely touted as ushering in a new era of partnership between governments and religious organizations, is based on several myths. Myth No. 1: Religious organizations face substantial discrimination...
India Churchwomen Get Divorce Rights
Churches in India have hailed legal changes recently passed by the country's parliament making divorce laws for Christians "equitable to women." An amendment to the Indian Divorce Act of 1869 approved by the lower house of India's parliament gives...
Mideast Fight Marks Racism Conference
Although festering, often neglected problems of poverty-ridden migrants, the plight of "untouchables" on the Indian subcontinent and teenage sex slaves in Southeast Asia begged for attention, the UN World Conference against Racism in South Africa fell...
No Way Out
Sunday, October 1 Luke 16:19-31 IN JESUS' STORY of the rich man and Lazarus there is no wiggle room. Deeds are done and lives led, and there are consequences for each of the three characters--the rich man, Lazarus and Father Abraham. No matter what...
Pivotal Leadership
FAITHFUL, EFFECTIVE Christian congregations make a difference. They touch people's lives, address profound questions with insight and wisdom, and offer places where the ingredients of a flourishing life can be discovered and nurtured in relationship...
Proud of the UMC Label
SENIOR PASTOR Adam Hamilton is barely 37 years old. But in 11 years he has turned a 100-person Methodist startup congregation into a booming church of 8,800 members. Church literature, as well as the big red flame-and-cross logo on the tower topping...
Rebuff in Zimbabwe for WCC's Raiser
The last time a World Council of Churches delegation headed by General Secretary Konrad Raiser visited Zimbabwe was late 1998 when the ecumenical body held its large and lengthy General Assembly in the nation's capital. But when Raiser traveled to...
Religious Investment Scams on Rise
I've been a securities regulator for 20 years, and I've seen more money stolen in the name of God than in any other way," said Deborah Bortner, president of the North American Securities Administrators Association. Securities regulators are warning...
Renouncing Satan
ONE SATURDAY MORNING when there was a brief lull in our domestic hubbub, I asked our 13-year-old son John what he considered to be the most important things in life. He instantly presented me with an itemized list: * To make sure that you and everyone...
Stocking the Shelves
AT THE END of summer my mother would launch her annual canning process. She retrieved large Ball jars from the cellar, sterilized them in boiling water and sealed tomatoes, beans and rhubarb from Dad's garden into them. The food would appear on our...
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