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Bonhoeffer and Reformation

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The InSpiRe Centre for Initiatives in Spirituality and Reconciliation at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, and the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Centre.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a protestant pastor and theologian, but he is widely read and appreciated across denominational boundaries. He was himself an important contributor to the early ecumenical movement, and faced controversy through bringing forms of religious life and spiritual practices back to the Protestant fold in the mid-1930s. Some have even called Bonhoeffer a Christian martyr; perhaps a precursor for what Pope Francis recently described as an ‘ecumenism of blood’. 

Please join us as we seek to explore Bonhoeffer as a reformer of his own and other Christian traditions, to investigate different interpretations of his work from different ecclesial perspectives, and to celebrate the life of a man who continues to offer a powerful witness to all Christian believers.

Book your place

Tickets for this conference are £35 and can be booked online. A concession rate of £20 is also available students, the elderly and unemployed.

Call for submissions

Paper submissions are welcome on themes related to the above description, which could include Bonhoeffer’s significance and critical reception in different ecclesial communities, discussion of different denominational ‘Bonhoeffers’, the denominational identities at work in Bonhoeffer’s writing, martyrdom and ecumenism, monasticism/new monasticism and ecumenism, the prospects of a Protestant mysticism, and the opportunities for ‘good quality disagreement’ and/or reconciliation offered through his life, spirituality, and written corpus.

Papers are expected to be 20-minutes in length. Please send a 200-word abstract to inspire@stmarys.ac.uk by Friday 29th September 2017.

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For more information about this event please contact inspire@stmarys.ac.uk.


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