Intervening in America’s Suicide Crisis

Gbenga Offo (Nigerian, 1957–), “Fervent Prayer,” 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 121 × 173 cm. Suicide Prevention and Gun Violence  Every year, almost one million people take their own lives. In the United States, the annual number of suicides has been steadily climbing toward 50,000. These deaths, along with many unsuccessful attempts, have rippling and long-lasting…

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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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Women’s History Month and Bonhoeffer

The Bonhoeffer family, March 1943, five days before Dietrich’s arrest. Photo: Christian Kaiser Verlag Source: ushmm.org Celebrating Women’s History with Bonhoeffer From birth to death, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was surrounded by loving, devoted, fascinating, high-achieving, and brave women. This Women’s History Month, TDBI remembers some of the many women who formed, inspired and supported Dietrich’s life and…

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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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“Introducing Christian Ethics: Core Convictions for Christians Today”

Introducing Christian Ethics: Core Convictions for Christians Today Every few decades, a philosopher enters the annals of history after promulgating breakthrough ideas. Just as often, those historic contributions are only posthumously recognized because contemporaries either dismiss them or under-appreciate their value. Fortunately, neither has been the case with Professor David Gushee! Since achieving well-deserved notoriety…

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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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Happy 116th Birthday Dietrich Bonhoeffer!

This week admirers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer will mark his 116th birthday. His birth date of February 4, 1906 sounds like the distant past, but in the scope of history, it’s really not so long ago. While Dietrich’s earthly life came prematurely to an end, some 77 years ago, he remains among us in so many ways.…

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Gun Violence Survivors Week

“The church can be a part of the solution to gun violence by being the church. The mission of the church is to preach and teach the gospel, and to live it out. The church should fight injustice, seek to transform communities, be a place where people are being changed and equipped to make a…

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