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. 17, August 24

A Long Time Coming: Waiting for a Sign
MY LIFE in pastoral ministry had its share of ambiguities. At a couple of points I considered switching to a teaching ministry. Many times I felt that I was giving my best in the parish but that the results were underwhelming; many times I was disappointed...
A Muslim Group Quietly Prays near Ground Zero
Barely visible among the high-rise apartment buildings and cocktail lounges, a battered steel door in Manhattan's trendy Tribeca neighborhood leads to a basement jammed with barefoot men praying on their lunch break. The makeshift mosque is a far...
Criminal Negligence: The Scourge of World Hunger
I SHOULD HAVE SEEN my road to Damascus moment approaching. I'd been warned. "Looking into the eyes of someone dying of hunger becomes a disease of the soul," Volli Carucci of the United Nations World Food Program told me on my first day in Ethiopia....
Doing Business with Cuba
When Yoani Sanchez began blogging about life in Cuba a few years ago, she had to pose as a German tourist and sneak into Internet cafes. From there she was able to post reports on her country's food shortages, its methods of political indoctrination,...
Hard of Listening
In the early 1990s my Grandma Adams, who had been a widow for several years, began to hang out with a widower named Bob. Grandma and Bob got along famously. They complemented one another: Grandma was hard of hearing and Bob was almost blind. My brother...
Lutherans Avoid Sexuality Clash for Now
Bishop Mark S. Hanson, the outgoing president of the Lutheran I World Federation, appealed to delegates at the LWF gathering in Germany to hold together and avoid splits in the face of differences over issues of sexuality. A key bishop from Tanzania,...
Methodist Study Finds Four Marks of Church Vitality
What is the key to a healthy church? United Methodists have paid big bucks to find out. As the sour economy and aging buildings wreak havoc on church budgets, United Methodists are trying to get ahead of the problem and assess the health of their congregations...
Ondine
Ondine Written and directed by Neil Jordan Starrring Colin Farrell and Alicja Bachteda Neil Jordan's Ondine is a lovely picture, but it's so gentle and understated that it's attracted little attention. Unlike a lot of other summer films, it...
Pension Fight Stirs Moral Issues for ELCA, Publisher
As the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America fights to stay out of a legal battle over unpaid pension benefits, all sides agree on at least one point: more is at stake than millions of dollars owed to some 500 pensioners of Augsburg Fortress, the...
Prayer-Haunted
PRAYERS LINGER in choir stalls, soak into walls. Centuries of prayer can make you feel buoyant in medieval European cathedrals. Gratitude settles over you like a benediction within busy urban shrines. When you can't pray, you can go to a place consecrated...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, August 29 Luke 14:1, 7-14 MAGAZINES LIST what's in and what's out and persuade us that it's important to know the difference. As school begins, a child psychologist announces on television that what's in and what's out is particularly...
Standstill in Haiti: Six Months after the Quake
AFTER A FIVE-MONTH absence, parts of Port-au-Prince looked marginally better than when I had last seen the city in February. At least some debris from the January 12 earthquake had been removed. But generally, the city seemed at a standstill. Many...
Time for Poetry
WHEN I AM BLESSED with a little more leisure time than usual, I like to spend some of it with poetry. This summer I am thoroughly enjoying God Particles, by Thomas Lux, who teaches poetry at the Georgia Institute of Technology. From the title poem:...

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