There is a time for everything, the preacher in Ecclesiastes observed. It is now time for new leadership at the Christian Century. I have told the Century’s board of trustees of my intention to retire as editor/publisher as of December 31.

I’ve loved my association with the magazine since I became editor/publisher in February 1999. The Christian Century has been a reliable and invaluable resource and companion since I first started reading the journal in divinity school and as a young pastor in the early 1960s. Over the years I relied on it to tell me what was happening in theology, biblical ethics, and the global church. I depended on the Century for book recommendations. I looked to it for thoughtful Christian social commentary, whether the topic was civil rights, poverty, war, or the conflicts in the Middle East.

It’s been a great honor and privilege to have my name on the masthead. One of the first things I did when I started at the Century was to arrange for photos of Reinhold Niebuhr and Martin Luther King Jr. to be displayed in the lobby alongside quotations from articles that they wrote for the Century. Every time I come to work I’m reminded of whose footsteps we seek to follow.