The Christian Century is a progressive, ecumenical magazine based in Chicago. Committed to thinking critically and living faithfully, the Century explores what it means to believe and live out the Christian faith in our time.
Founded in 1884 as the Christian Oracle, the magazine took its current name at the turn of the 20th century. Notable contributors in the early decades included Jane Addams and Reinhold Niebuhr. In 1963, the Century was the first major periodical to publish the full text of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail."
The Century continues to inform and shape mainline Christianity. Along with publishing its print and online editions, the magazine hosts several blogs and a podcast on its website. The Century also holds an annual lecture and workshop in Chicago that has featured such figures as Barbara Brown Taylor, Eugene Peterson, Krista Tippett, Anna Carter Florence, Thomas Long, Thomas Lynch, Marcus Borg, and Peter Gomes. The magazine remains a voice of generous orthodoxy, both loyal to the church and open to the world.
The Century is a nonprofit institution that relies upon donations. Advertising and subscription revenue cover only a percentage of administrative and production expenses; therefore, gifts of financial support are crucial. Donations are used to invest in digital outreach to a new generation of readers, to create a searchable online archive of articles going back to the mid-1990s, to enlist top theologians and analysts of religion as regular columnists, to put reporters on the ground to cover developments in religious life firsthand, and to convene workshops for the public.