The 19th annual Bonhoeffer Lectures in Public Ethics will be held at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (3041 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 – at 121st and Broadway) on April 7, and 8, 2017.
The 2017 Bonhoeffer Lectures are also Union Seminary’s contribution to the worldwide commemoration of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in 1517, with a special focus on Luther and the Lutheran tradition. This year’s theme is: “Re-Forming the Church of the Future: Bonhoeffer, Luther, Public Ethics.”
The two-day program of lectures and panels will look back into history and forward into the future
Friday, April 7 will look back into history, particularly to Bonhoeffer’s theology and activities in National Socialist Germany, but also to North America, with special attention to the conflicting ways the Lutheran Reformation played out.
Saturday, April 8 will look primarily into the future, and consider how Bonhoeffer’s theology and ethics can contribute to creative new movements in the Christian community’s public presence. Issues of church and state in pluralistic democracies, economic justice, resistance to racism, globalization, ecology and climate change, and re-forming the public voice of the church will challenge speakers to suggest how learning from the past may re-form the churches of the future.
Sunday, April 9 is both Palm Sunday and the 72ndanniversary of the death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Conference participants may worship as guests of the church where Bonhoeffer served as a teacher in 1931, Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.
The lectures are co-sponsored by Union’s Bonhoeffer Chair of Theology and Ethics and the German Bonhoeffer Chair Foundation, and always include theologians and church leaders from Germany as well as leading Bonhoeffer scholars from North America.
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