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Thursday, June 22 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Special Lunchtime Conversation: Is this a ‘Bonhoeffer Moment’?

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In his 1939 book Life Together Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, "Without Christ there is discord between God and man and between man and man . . . Christ opened up the way to God and to our brother." While he wrote this at a time in Germany when levels of discord were arguably greater than in our current American context, the great injustices visible in the United States have some wondering, "Is this a Bonhoeffer moment?"

In asking this question, further questions arise:
1. What would such a moment mean for the church when white Christians overwhelmingly supported the current President? How can Bonhoeffer's proposition that Christ reduces discord be true? 
2. Does "Bonhoeffer moment" imply that conditions are becoming serious enough to warrant violence to prevent much greater violence?
In short, what do Letters and Papers from Prison and Life Together offer us in thinking through our present situation?

Facilitators and Moderators
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Jim Wallis

President, Sojourners
Jim Wallis is president and founder of Sojourners in Washington, DC. a nonprofit faith-based organization, network, and movement whose mission statement calls for “putting faith into action for social justice.” | | He is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine and website which... Read More →

Featured Participants
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Dr. Lori Brandt Hale

Augsburg College
Dr. Lori Brandt Hale is an Associate Professor of Religion at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN.  She is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the International Bonhoeffer Society – English Language Section and the Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Bonhoeffer... Read More →
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Dr. Reggie Williams

Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics, McCormick Theological Seminary
Reggie Williams is an Associate Professor of Christian ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary, in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance, which was selected as a Choice Outstanding Title in theology... Read More →


Thursday June 22, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Ballroom

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