Christianity and Crisis, the ecumenical journal founded by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr and John Bennett in 1941, published its last issue in mid-April. Saying the final issue was "a mixture of great sadness and great celebration," editor Leon Howell told Sojourners the magazine was "going out at the top of our game."
Howell said the C&C board of directors spent "hours and hours" agonizing over the decision to close the 52-year-old biweekly, but in the end the financial situation made it impossible to continue. "This is a very difficult time not only for religious publications but also for most journals of opinion," Howell said.
Howell, the magazine's editor since 1985, said he felt sadness at the loss of a forum for "the great diversity of voices" found in the magazine's pages, and said he would miss the most the "remarkable community" of readers, writers, and staff.
Jim Rice is editor of Sojourners. Brigitte Kerpsack and Jeff Shriver assisted with research.