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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
avatar for Jim Wallis

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 has a combined print and electronic media readership of more than a quarter million people with several million unique visitors to the website, sojo.net, each year. Wallis is a bestselling author, public theologian, national preacher, social activist, and international commentator on ethics and public life. | His latest book is "America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America." Wallis has written 10 previous books, including "The (Un)Common Good" and the New York Times bestseller... Read More →

Featured Participants
avatar for Dr. Lori Brandt Hale

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: Theology and Social Analysis Group of the American Academy of... Read More →
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Dr. Reggie Williams

McCormick Theological Seminary
Reggie Williams is an Assistant Professor of Christian ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary, in Chicago, Illinois. Williams’ book Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic, published by Baylor University Press, examines the impact of exposure to Christianity in the Harlem during, the Harlem Renaissance, on the German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was killed by the Nazis in 1945 for his activism against them. Dr... Read More →


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