Congressman John Buchanan, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, is doubling as interim pastor of the 250-member Riverside (Southern) Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. A member of the congregation, he made the move from pew to pulpit after Pastor and Mrs. Frank Foster were killed in a plane crash en route to the American Baptist Convention in Denver last May. Buchanan, 43, a Republican from Democratic territory in Alabama, will commence his fifth term in Congress next month. He was pastor of an Alabama church before entering politics.

From Politics To Editing

James M. Wall, who ran for Congress as a Democrat in suburban Chicago unsuccessfully, wasn’t worried about finding a job. The editor’s chair at the ailing Christian Century, down to 30,000 paid subscribers, was being held for him. It had been vacant since last May, when Alan Geyer resigned.

Wall is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, having grown up in Southern Methodist circles. He served as editor of the UMC’s Christian Advocate from 1963 until June of this year. He has worked in the fields of film (Eerdmans published his Church and Cinema), sportswriting (with the Atlanta Journal), and politics (he chaired the Illinois McGovern caucus at the Democratic convention).

Wall insists on a “dialogical relation with culture” and intends, he says, to keep the Century abreast of the latest developments in film, politics, and the arts in particular. “We also intend to cover Key 73. We have several articles scheduled. We consider it an important event and will deal seriously with it.”

Wall’s other concerns are, naturally, to increase circulation (“a concern any editor has”) and “generally increase ...

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