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. 2, January 26

2009, a Year of Division, Unintended Consequences
When Pope Benedict XVI visited Africa last March, he made countless pleas on behalf of the poor and the war-weary. Yet the words that got the most attention were spoken on the papal plane when he said condoms are part of the problem, not the solution...
Anglicans in Zimbabwe Say Pro-Mugabe Clerics Are Disrupting Churches
Anglicans in Zimbabwe say that clerics loyal to President Robert Mugabe have marshalled the national police to disrupt services in the country's capital city of Harare. For instance, police went to the parishioners of St. Michael's Mbare church...
Carter Apologizes for Any Words Stigmatizing Israel
Criticized in the past for remarks that upset many in America's Jewish community, former President Jimmy Carter has apologized for any of his words or actions that might have served to stigmatize Israel. Carter, 85, wrote a letter December 21--made...
Church Observers Unhappy with Copenhagen Accord
FAITH GROUPS have expressed disappointment and anger over the outcome of the United Nations talks in Copenhagen on climate change, pledging to continue to press for environmental justice. "With a lack of transparency, the agreement reached this...
Clergy Unite to Urge: 'Thou Shalt Be Civil'
It's gotten ugly out there in the public square--on television, at public meetings, on the Internet. Whether it's health-care reform specifically or politics generally, it is common to see people demonizing each other, shouting each other down and...
Covenant Aims to Mediate Disputes within Anglican Communion
The final draft of a long-debated document aimed at mediating disputes between liberals and conservatives in the global Anglican Communion was sent in mid-December to the communion's 38 provinces for approval. The Anglican Communion, which is the...
Farm School: Sharing Horticultural Skills with the World
ON THE FLIGHT into Fort Myers, Florida, I looked down on a vast, oil-driven network of fast-food chains, malls and suburbs, little fiefdoms of fancy destined for ruin in the low-carbon future. Standing an hour later at the Global Farm sponsored...
Hopes and Fears
With the terrorist attack that barely failed on a U.S. jetliner on Christmas Day and the opening of a new U.S. "front" against terrorist cells in Yemen, the year 2009 (and the decade of the "00s") came to a somber conclusion. The struggle against radical...
More People Are Praying, but Religious Ties Are Fraying
THE NUMBER of Americans who are praying is increasing at the same time that more of them say they have no formal religious affiliation, according to a major polling organization. The dynamic represents an "apparent shift in patterns of spiritual...
One Man, One Woman?
Christian attitudes toward polygamy are more controversial today than they have been for many years. As Euro-American churches debate the issue of same-sex unions, African Christians attack Westerners for their moral laxity and for caving in to secular...
On Music
It's been some time since I donned my best professional earbuds to focus on a question of audio fidelity. But the band in question is the Beatles and the discs part of an ambitious remastering of the band's catalog. Remastered Beatles material is as...
Promising Prognosis: Close to a Compromise on Health-Care Reform
IF, AT LAST, both houses of Congress unite to pass health-care reform legislation, the bill emerging from the conference committee will have to be the result of still further compromising. Though some Who've struggled long and hard for health-care...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, January 31 Jeremiah 1:4-10; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:2.1-30 IN HIS BOOK Open Secrets, Richard Lischer describes his response to the challenges of his first congregational call. "My congregants were expected to welcome an inexperienced...
Seminary: Not Just for Pastors
When Boston area artist Paula Rendino needed fresh inspiration more than a year ago, she sought her muse in an unlikely place: seminary. Art school would have been "too boring," Rendino explained. She yearned to bring fresh depth to her work by pondering...
Sunday Morning America
PART OF THE continuing education for religious leaders of all types ought to involve occasional Sunday mornings spent not in church but observing the way that an increasing percentage of Americans spend their Sunday mornings. I came upon this idea...
Synchronized Worship: The Rise of the Multicampus Church
EVERY WEEK tens of thousands of people attend virtual worship services that use an online ministry called LifeChurch.tv. A hundred churches worldwide are part of the LifeChurch network, and 23,000 additional churches have downloaded LifeChurch resources--for...
The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones Directed by Peter Jackson Starring Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz and Stanley Tucci Back in 1994, when Peter Jackson was a relatively unknown director, he made the small but brilliant Heavenly Creatures, a tale...
Vatican: Elevation of Pius Is Not 'Hostile' to Jews
A decree moving the controversial wartime Pope Pius XII one step closer to sainthood is not a "hostile act toward the Jewish people," said the Vatican's top spokesman. Federico Lombardi, a priest who directs the Holy See Press Office, said in a...
Wake-Up Call: A Midlife Spiritual Challenge
IN MY 45TH YEAR, I "came to my senses in a dark forest," as Dante says, without any notion of how I'd gotten there. Somehow my life had once again veered out of control, though not in the usual sense: not morally. In that sphere, I was finally looking...
WCC Warns Uganda Leaders on Dangers of Antigay Bill
The World Council of Churches has raised concerns about a proposed law in Uganda calling for the jailing and possible execution of homosexuals. Current law in Uganda allows for people to be jailed for 14 years for engaging in homosexual acts and...
You're Lonely, I'm Lonely
COULD LONELINESS be as contagious as the H1N1 virus? Is loneliness dangerous to the public's health? Usually we think of "infection" or "contagion" only in relation to medical viruses and define lonely people as those who keep their feelings to themselves....

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