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A Justice Oriented Gospel with Sam Heath

By TDBI Communications | May 16, 2022

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…

Introducing: Summer Reading with Bonhoeffer

By TDBI Communications | May 7, 2022

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…

New Episode of Schenck Talks Bonhoeffer

By TDBI Communications | May 3, 2022

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…

Ending School Shootings IS Possible

By TDBI Communications | April 21, 2022

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…

Happy Easter from The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute!

By TDBI Communications | April 18, 2022

“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,  

Bonhoeffer is Crucified with Christ

By TDBI Communications | April 18, 2022

“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.…

Senior Fellow Spotlight – Gary Waldron

By TDBI Communications | April 8, 2022

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…

Intervening in America’s Suicide Crisis

By TDBI Communications | March 31, 2022

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…

Act Now to Remove the Moscow Patriarchate from the WCC!

By TDBI Communications | March 24, 2022

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,…

Women’s History Month and Bonhoeffer

By TDBI Communications | March 18, 2022

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…