The Bonhoeffer Chair at Union Theological Seminary, New York, announces the 19th Bonhoeffer Lectures in Public Ethics which will be held at the Seminary April 7-9, 2017. The Bonhoeffer Lectures in Public Ethics are held in alternate years in Germany and North America. The theme, “Re-forming the Church of the Future,” indicates that the 2017 lectures will also be Union Seminary’s commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the inauguration of the Protestant Reformation. The keynote speakers are Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Presiding Bishop of the Protestant Church of Germany, himself a Bonhoeffer scholar, and Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia.
The first day of the lectures will examine how the Lutheran reformation played out historically, with special attention to the Church Struggle and National Socialism. The second day will focus on theological and ethical issues and new ecclesial forms engaging the church of the future. On Sunday, April 9, which is both Palm Sunday and the 72nd anniversary of the death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, it is hoped that conference participants will be able to worship at Abyssinian Baptist Church, Harlem.
As of September 1, speakers from Germany include Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Wolfgang Huber, Hartmut Lehmann, and Christiane Tietz. Speakers from the United States include Victoria Barnett, Michael DeJonge, Jennifer McBride, Larry Rasmussen, and Andrea White.