Our Mission / Vision

The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute (TDBI) is a non-profit charitable and educational institution dedicated to applying the theological and ethical insights of this brilliant World War II-era Protestant church leader, Nazi resister, and moral philosopher to the social crises of our time. TDBI sponsors lectures, symposia, and discussion forums and publishes relevant material online and in books, opinion papers, and pamphlets.


The mission of The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute (TDBI) is to form, support, and encourage ethical and morally courageous leaders to address the social crises of their time.


We imagine a day when rigorous ethical reflection is part of the normal process of religious, civic, and political engagement—and that such a process is, in part, informed by the life and thoughts of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In keeping with Bonhoeffer’s philosophy, such a process requires concrete outcomes aimed at benefitting all parties. We settle for nothing less than a just society infused with collaboration and equity.