BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Little Flower Roman Catholic Church of Berkeley Heights and Faith Lutheran Church of New Providence hosted a program at Little Flower regarding the extraordinary and dynamic life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Sunday.
Dr. Katie Day, author and professor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia, presented the program of Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor, theologian and anti-Nazi dissident. Day teaches special classes and seminars at schools of higher learning throughout the country regarding the multiple experiences of Bonhoeffer’s productive life. She had the full attention of the audience throughout her presentation.
Bonhoeffer was a key founder of the Confessing Church and its most prominent voice. The Confessing Church was a movement within German Protestantism during Nazi Germany that arose in opposition to government-sponsored efforts to unify all Protestant churches into a single pro-Nazi Protestant Reich Church.
It has been said that no one spoke more eloquently on behalf of the civil liberties of the Jews than Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He staunchly and publicly resisted the Nazi dictatorship, especially opposing Hitler’s euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews.
Bonhoeffer was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo, imprisoned at the Tegel Prison and later transferred to a Nazi concentration camp. After being associated with the plot to assassinate Hitler, he was quickly tried, along with other accused plotters, and executed shortly before the liberation of the camps.
Bonhoeffer’s writings on Christianity’s role in the secular world are widely influential. His book, The Cost of Discipleship, has become a modern classic and is required reading in seminaries around the world.
Subsequent to the program, the congregants enjoyed visiting and refreshments.
The program was one of a series of programs that Faith Lutheran and Little Flower are jointly conducting during 2016 and 2017 in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation.
Little Flower is located at 110 Roosevelt Ave. and 310 Plainfield Ave. in Berkeley Heights. 908-464-1585
Faith Lutheran is located at 524 South Street in New Providence. 908-464-5177