News Articles from Christian Century http://www.christiancentury.org/section/84/feed en Iraqi Christians ponder their future http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/iraqi-christians-ponder-their-future <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p class="p1">c. 2014 Religion News Service</p><p class="p1">ALQOSH, Iraq (RNS) Basima al-Safar retouches a picture of Jesus&nbsp;on an easel outside her house overlooking the flat Nineveh plains, 30 miles north of Mosul.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/iraqi-christians-ponder-their-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Cathy Otten 28787 at http://www.christiancentury.org 2 percent of Church of England ministers say humans invented God http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/2-percent-church-england-ministers-say-humans-invented-god <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p class="p1">c. 2014 Religion News Service</p><p class="p1">CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A new survey finds 16 percent of the Church of England’s licensed ministers are unclear about God, and 2 percent think God is a human construct.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/2-percent-church-england-ministers-say-humans-invented-god" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Trevor Grundy 28790 at http://www.christiancentury.org Pope Francis: Judas was a sinner, but no worse than anyone else http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/pope-francis-judas-was-sinner-no-worse-anyone-else <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>c. 2014 Religion News Service</p><p>VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis says Judas Iscariot was not the only sinner among the 12 apostles but he was the one who “closed himself to love.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/pope-francis-judas-was-sinner-no-worse-anyone-else" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Josephine McKenna 28785 at http://www.christiancentury.org Houston withdraws pastors’ subpoenas http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/houston-withdraws-pastors-subpoenas <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p class="p1">c. 2014 Religion News Service</p><p class="p1">(RNS) The mayor of Houston on Wednesday withdrew the subpoenas of sermons from five pastors who opposed an ordinance banning discrimination against LGBT people.</p><p class="p1">Filed two weeks ago, the subpoenas outraged many conservative Christians as an affront to religious freedom.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/houston-withdraws-pastors-subpoenas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Lauren Markoe 28783 at http://www.christiancentury.org Boko Haram negotiations for abducted girls a farce, says priest http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/boko-haram-negotiations-abducted-girls-farce-says-priest <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p class="p1">c. 2014 Religion News Service</p><p class="p1">NAIROBI, Kenya ( RNS) While the Nigerian government negotiates with the Islamic militant group Boko Haram for the release of 200 abducted schoolgirls, some church leaders in the country’s conflict-ridden north are expressing doubts about any impending resolution.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/boko-haram-negotiations-abducted-girls-farce-says-priest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Fredrick Nzwili 28784 at http://www.christiancentury.org In Israel, priest draws fire for preaching Christians are not Arabs http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/israel-priest-draws-fire-preaching-christians-are-not-arabs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>(<a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/" target="_blank">The Christian Science Monitor</a>) A Greek Orthodox priest who has advocated a non-Arab identity for members of Israel’s Christian community is being alternately vilified and praised for spearheading a government campaign to drive a wedge between Christian and Muslim Israelis.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/israel-priest-draws-fire-preaching-christians-are-not-arabs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Ben Lynfield 28776 at http://www.christiancentury.org More than 30 U.S. cities restricting food programs for homeless people http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/fort-lauderdale-joins-urban-movement-restrict-feeding-homeless <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>(<a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/" target="_blank">The Christian Science Monitor</a>) Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is the latest city to place restrictions on feeding the homeless.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/fort-lauderdale-joins-urban-movement-restrict-feeding-homeless" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Lindsay Ellis 28779 at http://www.christiancentury.org Ukraine Baptists displaced, yet aid victims of conflict http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/ukraine-baptists-displaced-yet-aid-victims-conflict <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>Ukrainian Baptists report that about 5,500 of their members have been displaced from their homes. They are among the 100,000 people displaced as a result of conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Thou­sands of people are wounded, and some have died.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/ukraine-baptists-displaced-yet-aid-victims-conflict" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Diane Tinsley 28745 at http://www.christiancentury.org Idaho city: Chapel owners exempt from discrimination law http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/idaho-city-chapel-owners-exempt-discrimination-law <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p class="p1">c. 2014 Religion News Service</p><p class="p1">(RNS) Husband-and-wife Pentecostal ministers who own a wedding chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, refused to marry same-sex couples after a recent court ruling, and the American Civil Liberties Union says that’s OK—as long as the chapel only operates as a religious establishment.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/idaho-city-chapel-owners-exempt-discrimination-law" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Sarah Pulliam Bailey 28758 at http://www.christiancentury.org Frank Schaefer wins final reinstatement with Methodists http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/frank-schaefer-wins-final-reinstatement-methodists <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p class="p1">c. 2014 Religion News Service</p><p class="p1">(RNS) Seven years after officiating at the wedding of his gay son, Frank Schaefer has been reinstated as a clergyman in the United Methodist Church.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/frank-schaefer-wins-final-reinstatement-methodists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Cathy Lynn Grossman 28767 at http://www.christiancentury.org Secularism grows as more U.S. Christians turn ‘churchless’ http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/secularism-grows-more-us-christians-turn-churchless <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p class="p1">c. 2014 Religion News Service</p><p class="p1">(RNS) If you’re dismayed that one in five Americans (20 percent) are “nones”—people who claim no particular religious identity—brace yourself.</p><p class="p1">How does 38 percent sound?</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/secularism-grows-more-us-christians-turn-churchless" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Cathy Lynn Grossman 28759 at http://www.christiancentury.org Southern Baptist seminary clears president after dispute over Muslim student http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/southern-baptist-seminary-clears-president-after-dispute-over-muslim-student <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p class="p1">c. 2014 Religion News Service</p><p class="p1">(RNS) The trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary have affirmed the school’s president, Paige Patterson, after investigating his decision to admit a Muslim student into the&nbsp;school’s Ph.D. program.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/southern-baptist-seminary-clears-president-after-dispute-over-muslim-student" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Adelle M. Banks 28760 at http://www.christiancentury.org Amid drought, churches draw together http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/amid-drought-churches-draw-together <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>In what is supposed to be the harvest season, many parts of California are feeling the effects of the drought that has raged for most of the year.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/amid-drought-churches-draw-together" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Celeste Kennel-Shank 28739 at http://www.christiancentury.org Top Anglican calls for lifting seal of confessional in child abuse cases http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/top-anglican-calls-lifting-seal-confessional-child-abuse-cases <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p class="p1">c. 2014 Religion News Service</p><p class="p1">CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Anglican&nbsp;priests should no longer be bound by the centuries-old&nbsp;principle of confidentiality in confessions when they are told of sexual crimes committed against children, the Church of England’s No. 2 official said.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/top-anglican-calls-lifting-seal-confessional-child-abuse-cases" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Trevor Grundy 28749 at http://www.christiancentury.org Egypt's Christians, attacked for supporting coup leader, await rebuilding http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/egypts-christians-attacked-supporting-coup-leader-await-rebuilding <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p class="p1">(<a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/" target="_blank">The Christian Science Monitor</a>) At the Amir Tadros Church in Minya, worshipers pray in what amounts to a building site. Nestled among the scaffolding, a bright blue sign proclaims that work will be completed by June. Last June.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/egypts-christians-attacked-supporting-coup-leader-await-rebuilding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Louisa Loveluck 28702 at http://www.christiancentury.org Pope Francis blasts supermax prisons as ‘torture’ http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/pope-francis-blasts-supermax-prisons-torture <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p class="p1">c. 2014 Religion News Service</p><p class="p1">VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis said Thursday (October 23) that keeping inmates isolated in maximum security prisons is “a form of torture,” and called life sentences “a hidden death penalty” that should be abolished along with capital punishment.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/pope-francis-blasts-supermax-prisons-torture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 David Gibson 28747 at http://www.christiancentury.org Network boosts number of church-based legal clinics for immigrants http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/network-boosts-number-church-based-legal-clinics-immigrants <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p class="p1">c. 2014 Religion News Service</p><p class="p1">WASHINGTON (RNS) An alliance of evangelical organizations has pledged to dramatically increase the number of church-based legal clinics across the country to assist immigrants with the complicated processes of seeking green cards, visas and family unification.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/network-boosts-number-church-based-legal-clinics-immigrants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Adelle M. Banks 28748 at http://www.christiancentury.org West African Methodists in U.S. mourn relatives dead from Ebola http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/west-african-methodists-us-mourn-relatives-dead-ebola <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p class="p1">At Spencer Memorial United Methodist Church, in Charlotte, North Carolina, nearly nine out of ten members are Liberian; another 10 percent are from Sierra Leone. Since the Ebola outbreak began, every Sunday one or more members of the congregation reports the death of another family member in the two West African countries hit hardest by the deadly virus.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/west-african-methodists-us-mourn-relatives-dead-ebola" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Kathy L. Gilbert 28686 at http://www.christiancentury.org U.S. cultures, faith groups differ on corporal punishment http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/us-cultures-faith-groups-differ-corporal-punishment <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>(<a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/" target="_blank">The Christian Science Monitor</a>) The way corporal punishment evolved in Sandy Haase’s family is, in many ways, typical. Growing up in Orange County, in California, in the 1960s, Haase knew what would happen if her father got angry.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/us-cultures-faith-groups-differ-corporal-punishment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Stephanie Hanes 28679 at http://www.christiancentury.org Mark Driscoll speaks for first time after resigning Seattle megachurch http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/mark-driscoll-speaks-first-time-after-resigning-seattle-megachurch <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p class="p1">c. 2014 Religion News Service</p><p class="p1">(RNS) Mark Driscoll is back. Sort&nbsp;of.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/mark-driscoll-speaks-first-time-after-resigning-seattle-megachurch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Sarah Pulliam Bailey 28680 at http://www.christiancentury.org