Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

At the Lenten series last spring, based on the documentary film about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, many expressed an interest in learning more about Bonhoeffer’s writings.  Perhaps part of the interest in Bonhoeffer stems from the utterly courageous marrying of belief and action that Bonhoeffer demonstrated in his life, a union that led to his death. Sarah Arnold and Macauley Lord have agreed to facilitate a small group on Bonhoeffer’s Life Together, a short book he wrote to guide the students at his small, illegal seminary in Germany during the Nazi reign.

The book is rich with Bonhoeffer’s theological insights, but it is also full of practical guidance for Christians living in community, as we do at St. Paul’s. There is no need to purchase and read the book, because the group will look at and discuss excerpts provided during our time together. In his book Bonhoeffer poses hard questions about how we can understand some of the difficult biblical texts that we read, such as those in the Psalms, while at the same time he celebrates the gift of God’s mercy and what it means to be a community in Christ. As one of Bonhoeffer’s former students said in the documentary we saw in the spring, “He [Bonhoeffer] spoke to us as no other teacher ever did.” Please join us.

Facilitators: Sarah Arnold and Macauley Lord

When: Five Tuesdays—October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14; 3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m. (small group not to exceed 12 people)