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. 130, No. 7, April 3

American Baptists, CBF Discuss Closer Cooperation
Author and activist Tony Campolo brokered unpublicized dialogue early this year between heads of two national Baptist groups that share much in common, according to officials of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Leaders of American Baptist Churches...
Armenia Struggles to Absorb Christian Refugees from Syria
Sarkiss Rshdouni escaped the fighting in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo months ago but cannot shake memories of what he witnessed. "I was with a friend when I heard gunshots," said Rshdouni, who is among hundreds of thousands of people who have...
Bishop Minerva Carcano on Immigration Front Line
When United Methodist Bishop Minerva G. Carcano talks about tussling with political bigwigs on the topic of immigration reform, she is poised yet forceful. As the first female Hispanic bishop elected in the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination,...
Catholic Bishops Opposed Lesbian Rights in Bill That Protects Women
A NEWLY authorized Violence Against Women Act, signed by President Obama on March 7, was opposed by five key Catholic bishops for fear it would subvert traditional views of marriage and gender and compromise the religious freedom of groups that aid...
Caught in the Middle: On Abortion and Homosexuality
IN THE PRESENT political atmosphere it is assumed that everybody must be on one of only two sides, liberal or conservative. It doesn't matter that neither of these labels signifies much in the way of intellectual responsibility or that both are paralyzed...
Churches Weather the Recession
A survey that asked churches how they fared during the economic recession found that there was a collective sigh of relief from most pastors and congregational leaders--nearly 75 percent said "well" or "very well." And the majority of congregations...
Cross-Shaped Story
Stations of the Heart: Parting with a Son By Richard Lischer Knopf, 272 pp., $25.00 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On April 13, 2005, Richard Lischer's 33-year-old son, Adam, phoned his dad with the results of his latest medical checkup. His cancer,...
Cutting the Military
The sequestration cuts that began to be implemented this month--$1.1 trillion in federal budget cuts, divided equally between defense and nondefense areas--are like an inkblot test. One group of observers sees the cuts in military spending and worries...
Designer Mittens: Mine for the Giving
She was sitting on the cement side-walk along Michigan Avenue on a February day. She must have been numb with cold. I could imagine that cold settling in as she sat, and I shuddered. "Here," I said, bending down to greet her with a gift card. "This...
Gun Control in Sight: Faith Groups Seize Political Moment
DAYS AFTER the December mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence convened a press conference. The national coalition petitioned Congress to demand background checks for all gun purchases, ban high-capacity weapons...
Now What?
WHAT IS THERE about Easter for a clergyperson not to love? Sanctuaries and worship spaces are decorated with beautiful flowers. The hymns are triumphant, often with brass players augmenting a strong organ and full choir. Children sport new outfits...
Prayer for the Pope
It is a fearful thing to be The Pope. That cross will not be laid on me I hope. A righteous God would not permit It. The Pope himself must often say After the labours of the day, "It is a fearful thing...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, April 7 Acts 5:27-32 (ESV) DISOBEDIENCE CAME hard for a nice girl like me. I was taught to respect authority, which I did, despite bumper stickers urging us to question it. I did my homework, kept to the speed limit and came home on time....
Refuge and Strength: Finding Peace at a Monastery
I SEE THE monastery sign and drive past. I'm too ashamed to turn in. So I continue on to the next town where I buy my five-year-old son a hot chocolate and myself a coffee at a convenience store. We sit in a booth by the steamy window watching cars...
Spies and Traitors
I got into Homeland for local reasons. The action takes place in Washington, D.C., but the Showtime TV series is shot in my state--in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mandy Patinkin, the marvelous actor who was memorable as Inigo Montoya in The Princess...
Statue of Rosa Parks Unveiled in Capitol
A bronze statue of civil rights heroine Rosa Parks was recently unveiled at the U.S. Capitol on a day for members of her African Methodist Episcopal Church to celebrate one of their own. President Obama, capping an hour-long ceremony in Statuary...
The Art of Puttering
In our hypermediated age, there is much talk of multitasking. Multitaskers come equipped with Internet connections and attempt to engage several tasks with their keyboards, televisions and music players. The multitasker is marked by flitting, fractured...
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business By Charles Duhigg Random House, 400 pp., $28.00 In 2002, with the publication of The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell sparked enormous...
Wired Together: How Our Brains Are Connected
SHE'LL GO DOWN in history--at least in our family history--as the best babysitter ever. "Ms. Jess," as my kids called her, was wise, patient and fun. My kids loved being with her, and we loved leaving them with her because we were more than confident...

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