Our Mission in Action

Our Mission in Action – TDBI Senior Fellows Most people know our namesake, Dietrich Bonhoeffer as the courageous martyr who opposed Adolf Hitler and his government’s antisemitic, racist Nazi tyranny. Many also remember reading Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship or Life Together, popular texts for church and seminary reading groups. These initial associations are significant because they connect…

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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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Senior Fellow Spotlight: Bishop Van Gayton

  Senior Fellow Spotlight  “Like our namesake Bonhoeffer, Bishop Van Gayton is deeply passionate about his vocation. He doesn’t simply seek to understand the causes of human suffering, but to suffer with those who experience it. Van’s own life experience informs his approach to racism inside and outside of the church and his decades-long interracial marriage has…

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