Small Group Class: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Facilitated by: Rev. Jutta Koslowski, PhD | Dietrich Bonhoeffer Visiting Professor, Union Theological Seminary

Dietrich Bonhoeffer is widely known as a kind of modern saint in contemporary Protestantism. He is one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century and his popularity is still growing. Yet, he was not only the author of famous works such as “Discipleship” and “Letters and Papers from Prison” but also a complex personality: pastor, double agent and actively engaged in the resistance movement against the totalitarian regime in Nazi-Germany. Besides, he was affiliated to Union Theological Seminary, from which he received mayor inspiration (as a scholar in 1930-31 and as professor in 1939, just before the beginning of WWII). So, we will take a closer look at the historical background of his time (both political and ecclesial), at his biography and at the supporting network which his family provided. Besides, we will consider which inspiration can be drawn from this for resistance movements of our time.

All classes are offered in-person and online, from 2:00-3:00 p.m.:

April 24: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: General Introduction and Historical Background

May 1: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: His Family as Supporting Network

May 8: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: New Insights from Current Research

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