Panel revisits Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s ecumenical legacy

05 March 2015

The life and works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer were revisited by three historians in a panel held by the World Council of Churches (WCC). 

Exploring Bonhoeffer’s own ecumenical journey and the ecumenical landscape at the time, the panelists made it clear how the ecumenical legacy of Bonhoeffer – a German theologian, dissident against Nazism and a founding member of the Confessing Church, remains relevant seventy years after his execution in 1945.

The panel was held on 4 March at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, moderated by Theodore Gill, senior editor of WCC Publications.

Keith Clements, whose book Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Ecumenical Quest (WCC Publications) was launched at the event, noted that the message of Bonhoeffer for the church was to become part of the world, embracing its struggles and perplexities – and not just that it was “called to be a church.”

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