Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “The trials of our times”
A day conference examining the themes of Bonhoeffer’s work and what it can say to us in today’s world.
- Start Date:
- Saturday 9th November 2019
- Start Time:
- Oasis Academy Mediacityuk, Salford, M50 3UQ
- Simon Cross
- Rev Steve Chalke, Rev Dr Noel Irwin.
- £25 standard, £23 PCN members/students/unwaged (the ticket price includes lunch and refreshments)
In 1939, as his country went to war, Dietrich Bonhoeffer returned to Germany saying he couldn’t leave his compatriots to face the ‘trials of the time’ alone. It was a fateful decision, one which would ultimately end in his ignominious death. At the time fascist populism was on the rise, countries around the world had faced years of financial pressures and fear of the other was turning into hatred and violence. Demagogic leaders were exerting authoritarian rule. It was, in other words, a lot like today. So what does Bonhoeffer’s theology, born and tested in the face of Nazism, have to say to us in the 21st century? His extraordinary output, collected in the form of books, sermons, essays and letters, includes thoughts on themes as diverse as “religionless Christianity” and “new monasticism”. What does his work have to say to us, as we undergo the trials of our times? We are holding a special day conference to give space for the exploration of some of these themes, and will include PCN Britain’s Marcus Borg Memorial Lecture. Speakers confirmed include Rev Steve Chalke (Oasis) and Rev Dr Noel Irwin.