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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Ending School Shootings IS Possible

Ending School Shootings IS Possible  Why do Americans accept the deaths of children in school shootings as inevitable? Many of us remember a time when the sickness, disability, and deaths caused by measles, mumps, and rubella were simply the unavoidable risks of putting children together in classrooms. But the few who refused to accept those dangers…

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Senior Fellow Spotlight – Gary Waldron

Senior Fellow Spotlight – Gary Waldron “Gary exemplifies the kind of commitment to community life that Dietrich lived with his seminarians at Finkenwalde and wrote about in Life Together. Gary also helps us to get a real-life view from Bonhoeffer’s ‘underside,’ the perspective of those who suffer and are marginalized, which brings us closer to the…

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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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