A Justice Oriented Gospel with Sam Heath

A Justice Orientated Gospel  Political trends in the last fifty years have nearly erased two centuries of American evangelicals’ contributions to progressive social accomplishment. Evangelicals helped lead the charge in the abolition of slavery, the ordination and elevation of women in the church, conscientious objection to war and the death penalty, concern for the poor…

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Introducing: Summer Reading with Bonhoeffer

Summer is fast approaching! For some of us, the arrival of summer means a little bit of downtime, spaces for rest and replenishment, and opportunities for enrichment. The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute wants to help you take advantage of these longer summer hours with our “Summer Reading with Bonhoeffer” series!    While our namesake, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, doesn’t…

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New Episode of Schenck Talks Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer photographed at a Berlin prison with four Italian fellow inmates in 1944. Getty Images. New Episode of Schenck Talks Bonhoeffer Reverend Dr. Katharine Henderson is woven into the story of The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute, even from before its founding. Dr. Henderson’s personal outreach to Rev. Rob Schenck led to his cooperation with documentary filmmaker…

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Happy Easter from The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute!

“In the resurrection, we acknowledge that God has not given up on the earth but has personally won it back. God has given it a new future, a new promise.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “Reflection on Easter: Resurrection,” March 1940.  The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute’s Board of Governors, Fellows, and Team, wish you and yours,  

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Bonhoeffer is Crucified with Christ

“Our dear brothers Bruno Kerlin, Gerhard Vibrans, and Gerhard Lehne have been killed in action. With all the brothers who have gone before them they now sleep awaiting the great Easter Day of resurrection.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer, March 1942, circular letter to pastors  Georgia O’Keeffe, Black Cross with Stars and Blue, 1929. Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 in.…

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Act Now to Remove the Moscow Patriarchate from the WCC!

Act Now to Remove the Moscow Patriarchate from the WCC! Over the past three weeks, we have watched Vladimir Putin’s megalomaniacal attempt to expand his repressive empire by invading one of the world’s newest democracies, Ukraine. His victims are mostly unarmed, non-combatant civilians, including children and elderly people. We’re visited daily by terrified, separated, displaced,…

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Stand With Ukraine 🇺🇦

A Bonhofferian Response to Russia’s Invasions For one of the first times in history, the world is watching, in real-time, an invasion of a free and peaceful country by a cruel, war-mongering despot. Thanks to the internet and cell phones, we are vicariously experiencing the suffering of Ukrainians with up-to-the-moment detail. Of course, Ukraine is…

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Start Lent with Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Savior by Henry Ossawa Tanner, ca. 1900–1905 Lent is Near For many Christians throughout the world, the season of Lent starts this week. Since the seventh century, Lent has been a forty-day penitential exercise, corresponding to the forty days Jesus spent in the desert. Beginning with Ash Wednesday, it leads to the celebration of Christ’s…

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Senior Fellow Spotlight – Shai Franklin

  Senior Fellow Spotlight – Shai Franklin “Shai’s main achievement is not simply the impressive breadth of knowledge he continues to acquire but the ever-increasing ways he deploys that knowledge to the service of humanity.” -TDBI President and Founder, Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck Our namesake, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, had a multiplicity of interests and proficiencies. In…

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Why Black History Month?

Why Black History Month?  Rev. Dr. Van Gayton  No people can be healthy and mature without knowing their own history. According to Berea College, sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana that means know history. The symbol is a mythic bird and the literal translation of the word is “it is not taboo to…

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