Bonhoeffer and King; The Sermon on the Mount; A Call to Action

Sunday, April 24, 2016 | 1:00pm

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King, Jr., both pastors and theologians, were called to action in extraordinary times. These two 20th century martyrs were activists who took literally the biblical words cited in Matthew: “Take up your Cross and follow me.” (Mathew 16:24). Both King and Bonhoeffer died for their activism. Both challenged the institutional structures of the day, one while operating on principles of non-violence, and the other a pacifist, who felt the only way to lead his country to peace was to assassinate its leader. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount: Mathew 5:7, was a critical influence in the activism of both Bonhoeffer and King.

Powerful communicators, both wrote poignantly about their call to action and activism. Each went to prison, and, while incarcerated, penned stunning letters reflecting his theology. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail expressed the urgency of now in guaranteeing civil rights. Bonhoeffer’s Letters from Tegel Prison expressed the same sentiment in regard to the Jewish population in Germany.

In April, the month in which both men were martyred, we delve into the lives, beliefs, and actions of these two extraordinary men who continue to influence our actions as Christians today. We will explore four common themes present in the theology of King and Bonhoeffer which derived from the Sermon on the Mount: Community, Christ as the Suffering Servant, Doing God’s Will, Common Influences.

Date and time: Sunday, April 24, 1–3 pm

Facilitator: Paula Mays

Registration: No fee; all are welcome. Sign-up required.
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Materials: Participants are encouraged to explore as much of the background material as possible.

Participants are welcome to bring a “brown bag” lunch to the session.

  • Admission
    • Free
  • Dates Offered
    • April 24, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm