2021 Chi Rho Lectures – Mark Brocker

The 2021 Chi Rho Lecture: 

Doing Ethics in Extraordinary Times: The Witness of Dietrich  Bonhoeffer

 

by the Rev. Dr. Mark Brocker

November 12-14, 2021, Central Lutheran Church,  Eugene, Oregon

Attendance in person with masks or the Friday, Saturday evening, and Sunday Lectures will be streamed. The Saturday morning sessions will be available via zoom or in person at Central.  Links for streaming and zoom will be available later.

German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is often celebrated as an example of a modern Christian martyr, and his participation in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler tends to be looked upon with favor. It is striking that Bonhoeffer himself deliberately sought to avoid justifying his actions. For Bonhoeffer his involvement in the conspiracy was an extraordinary venture of responsibility taken up only after a long period of ethical discernment and only after other more ordinary ethical options had been exhausted. In these lectures we will explore what it means to do ethics in extraordinary times and consider what the witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer means for us today.German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is often celebrated as an example of a modern Christian martyr, and his participation in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler tends to be looked upon with favor. It is striking that Bonhoeffer himself deliberately sought to avoid justifying his actions. For Bonhoeffer his involvement in the conspiracy was an extraordinary venture of responsibility taken up only after a long period of ethical discernment and only after other more ordinary ethical options had been exhausted. In these lectures we will explore what it means to do ethics in extraordinary times and consider what the witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer means for us today.

Lectures:

Creating Courageous Human Beings: The Work of the Holy Spirit in Bonhoeffer’s Ethics.  

In Bonhoeffer’s Ethics the work of the Holy Spirit is to create human beings who are committed to fulfilling their daily responsibilities and to engaging in courageous actions that address the most pressing issues of our time.

Friday night lecture:  Nov. 12, 7:30 pm, Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter Street

Toward a Concrete Evangelical Ethics of Responsibility.  

Utilizing insights from Bonhoeffer’s Ethics we will begin to develop a concrete evangelical ethics of responsibility and be introduced to a corresponding case study method.  

Saturday Morning Workshop , Nov. 13, 9:30 am–12:30 pm, Bushnell University, Library, Rm 203, 1188 Kincaid

When the Ground Moves under Our Feet: Being Responsible in Extraordinary Situations

In this lecture we will explore what it means to be responsible in extraordinary situations, when the ethical ground is moving under our feet. Bonhoeffer’s involvement in the resistance and eventually in a conspiracy against Hitler and the Nazis will serve as a case study for us.
Saturday Night Lecture, Nov. 13, 7:30 pm, Central Lutheran Church

What Does It Mean to Tell the Truth?

Bonhoeffer asserts the provocative thesis that telling the truth is something that must be learned and that some people are incapable of telling the truth because they lack a firm enough grasp of reality.

Sunday Morning Adult Education Forum, Sunday, Nov. 14, 9:45 am, Central Lutheran Church 

Chi Rho Series Lectures are free and open to all, but a free will contribution is welcome.