Life Together: Reflection and renewal in the style of Bonhoeffer's Finkenwalde Seminary Part of the “Finkenwalde Experiment” at Freeborn Lutheran Church in partnership with The Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens and The International Bonhoeffer Society Freeborn…
On September 15, Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., hosted its first and only Finkenwalde Day. Finkenwalde Day came a month into Beeson Divinity’s fall semester theme, “Finkenwalde: In the School of Bonhoeffer,” a focus on…
The year was 1943, and another Advent had dawned for Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer loved Advent and had often preached sermons on this holy season of waiting and hope as a metaphor for the entire Christian life. Just one year earlier, during…
Does Evangelism Jeopardize Authentic Artistic Expression?
What an Old Testament artist tells us about aesthetic vocation.
When I was young, my mother made a wreath that was composed of natural materials—pinecones, needles, thistles—gathered from places where we had taken family vacations. Setting aside distinctions between art and craft, it has always been evident to me that the wreath possessed certain artistic qualities: an expression of her creative abilities, an intentional work with aesthetic appeal. What became equally evident to me over time was that the wreath functioned in another way.
Hanging on the wall in my parents’ living room as it has for decades now, it acts as a witness to and a reminder of our shared time as a family. Whenever I see it, I feel my feet walking on trails in the early morning, I hear the sound of metal tent stakes being hammered into the ground, I taste roasted marshmallows, and I see the faces of family members, some now gone.
Like other works of memorial art, the “memory wreath,” as my mother termed it, serves a purpose beyond mere decoration. It shapes our family’s collective memory as well as my individual memory. At a much broader level, the same could be said for the shaping of social memory through the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the National September 11 Memorial, the public murals in Belfast, Northern Ireland, or the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.
More controversially, this calls to mind the heated—at times even violent—ongoing debate in America over whether Confederate monuments should be taken down. One fascinating byproduct of this national discourse is the recognition that regardless of whether one believes that these statues represent a cultural identity that should be preserved or a history of racism and oppression ...
Rick Brown on Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Christian Fellowship
RICK BROWN: Walk out what you’ve just talked about By Rick Brown June 12, 2018 Photo: Courtesy Rick Brown Dietrich Bonhoeffer understood biblical fellowship. Bonhoeffer was a German theologian who lived from 1906-1945. When Hitler rose to power he could see no German-Christian compromise with him. His resistance and his part in a failed assassination […]
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will continue her call to address the complexity and implications of racism in “Confronting Racism: A Holy Yearning” – a live webcast Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. CST, available at www.ELCA.org/webcast. This is Eaton’s second live webcast on racism. Among […]
ELCA members support ecumenical partners in confronting racism
Affirming this church’s commitment to walk alongside its ecumenical partners, members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) join with members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and other partners in support of “Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America,” airing Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. EST. The concert […]
The Moravian Daily Texts were prized by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and used in his daily devotions. Die Losungen for the year 2017 can be ordered in advance. If ordered before August 13, 2016, you get a 15% discount.