Magazine article The Christian Century

Alan Geyer, Former Century Editor, Dies

Magazine article The Christian Century

Alan Geyer, Former Century Editor, Dies

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ALAN F. GEYER, 80. a widely published Christian ethicist and ecumenical leader and a former editor of the CHRISTIAN CENTURY, died November 28. Most recently he was canon ethicist at the Washington National Cathedral and professor of political ethics and ecumenics at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington. D.C.

Geyer was editor of the CENTURY from 1968 to 1972. James Wall. who succeeded him as editor, said that Geyer brought to the magazine "'a greater concentration on academic rigor." Wall added that Geyer tried to instill in readers "a sense of mission that went well beyond the local parish."

Before becoming CENTURY editor, Geyer was professor of political science at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, and director of international relations for the United Church of Christ, based at the Church Center for the United Nations.

Returning to academia and interdenominational relations in 1972. Geyer became the Dag Hammarskjold Professor of Peace Studies and Political Science at Colgate University for five years. For a decade, ending in 1987, he served as the founding executive director of the Churches' Center for Theology and Public Policy in Washington. …

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