Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York

April 7-8, 2017

As this year is the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in Germany, the Bonhoeffer Lectures will be Union’s major celebration of that event. The lectures are co-sponsored by Union’s Bonhoeffer Chair of Theology and Ethics and the German Bonhoeffer Chair Foundation, and always include theologians and church leaders from Germany as well as leading Bonhoeffer scholars from North America. 

Union Theological Seminary

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Victoria Barnett, Director of the U.S. Holocaust Museum’s Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust, and General Editor of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works English Edition.

Dr Allan Boesak, leading South African anti-apartheid theologian, former President of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, and currently Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice and Reconciliation Studies at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis.

Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Presiding Bishop of the Protestant Church of Germany and a former Bonhoeffer Visiting Professor at Union Theological Seminary.

Dr Karen Bloomquist, former Director of Studies, Lutheran World Federation, and Dean, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary;  Editor and contributor, Radicalizing Reformation: North American Perspectives.

Professor Michael DeJonge, University of South Florida, author of Bonhoeffer’s Theological Formation. Berlin, Barth and Protestant Theology,and of Bonhoeffer’s Reception of Luther, Oxford, 2017.

Professor Carlos Eire, Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies, Yale University, and author of Reformations: The Early Modern World, 1450-1650.

Professor Dr. Wolfgang Huber, former Presiding Bishop of the Protestant Church of Germany, and Chair of the German Bonhoeffer Werke Editorial Board.

Professor Brigitte Kahl, Professor of New Testament, Union Theological Seminary, and author, Galatians Re-Imagined; Reading with the Eyes of the Vanquished.

Professor Hartmut Lehmann, historian; founding director, German Historical Institute, Washington DC; visiting professor at many US universities; author, Martin Luther in the American Imagination, 1988.

Professor Jennifer McBride, Professor of Theology and Ethics, McCormick Theological Seminary, author of The Church for the World. A Theology of Public Witness.

Professor Larry Rasmussen, Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Union Seminary, author of Earth Honoring Faith. Religious Ethics in a New Key.

Professor Esther Reed, theological ethics, University of Exeter, United Kingdom; author of several books on international law, work, human rights, and civil liberties and national security.

The Honorable Kevin Rudd, President of the Asia Society Policy Institute, New York; former Prime Minister of Australia.

Professor Josiah Young, Professor of Systematic Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC, and author, No Difference in the Fare. Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Problem of Racism.

Topics: International Bonhoeffer Society




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