Bonhoeffer Lectures Celebrate 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reform

The 19th Annual Bonhoeffer Lectures in Public Ethics will be held at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, on April 7-8, 2017. Sponsored by Union’s Bonhoeffer Chair of Theology and Ethics and the German Bonhoeffer Chair Foundation, the lectures will examine how the Reformation played out in Europe and America, with special attention to Bonhoeffer’s Germany. Speakers will focus on the role of churches in public life.

“Western Christianity is in a state of decline, even crisis,” said Clifford Green, Bonhoeffer Chair Scholar, Union Theological Seminary. “In this conference we look to Luther and Bonhoeffer, and ask what we learn to help renew and re-form the church of the future.”

The Bonhoeffer Lectures have always been both a scholarly and a practical endeavor. This year, in addition to examining Bonhoeffer as a public theologian, the conference commemorates the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Protestant Reformation in Germany. Under the title Re-Forming the Church of the Future: Bonhoeffer, Luther, Public Ethics, the two-day program of lectures and panel discussions will examine the theology informing the social ethics of churches, especially those deriving from the Lutheran Reformation. An accomplished roster of theologians, church leaders, and leading Bonhoeffer scholars from across the globe will provide insight into the ways in which churches and other civic institutions might best engage the public in the critical issues of our time. The two keynote speakers are:

Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Presiding Bishop, Protestant Church of Germany, former Bonhoeffer Visiting Professor, Union Theological Seminary. Lecture topic: “Reformation: Freeing the Church for Authentic Public Witness.”

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