BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On Sunday, March 19, at 2 pm, at Little Flower Roman Catholic Church of Berkeley Heights, the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation will be celebrated by Little Flower and Faith Lutheran Church of New Providence.  The community is invited to attend.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor, theologian and anti-Nazi dissident, will be the focus of the celebratory program.  Dr. Katie Day, author and professor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia, will lead the program.  She teaches seminars and special classes regarding the multiple experiences of Bonhoeffer’s productive life.

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.

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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, there will be refreshments and the opportunity to socialize.

Little Flower is located at 110 Roosevelt Ave. and 310 Plainfield Ave. in Berkeley Heights.  The Lutheran Reformation program will be at the Roosevelt Ave site.  The phone number of Little Flower is 908-464-1585.  The web site is www.lfbhnj.org

Faith Lutheran is located at 524 South Street in New Providence.  The phone number is 908-464-5177.  The web site is www.famfaith.org