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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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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Christianity and COVID-19

Image: Chelsea Stahl / NBC News Christianity and COVID-19 COVID-19 and all that has happened in its wake are about much more than a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. It’s about more than maintaining one’s health or preventing the spread of disease. COVID-19 has laid bare a great human failing – self-centeredness.  Our namesake, Bonhoeffer, spoke of centering the “other” and…

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Seeking Hope in 2022

A New Year always symbolizes a new start! Despite it being a somewhat arbitrary threshold of time, the activities of the year past continue into the new one, but we are given at least a brief moment to reflect. At the end of last year, we sent a virtual gift to you in our Senior Fellows’ cohort…

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