Bonhoeffer Day – 3 February 2018 – Programme

“To jam a spoke in the wheel – dem Rad in die Speichen fallen”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Centre London
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Church
50 Dacres Road
SE23 2NR

When in April 1933, Hitler implemented the infamous Aryan paragraph that expelled Jews from any public position, thus starting the witch hunt against “unwelcome” people in Nazi society, Dietrich Bonhoeffer completed his essay “The church and the Jewish question”. There he argued, if the state cannot maintain law and order or even violates it, then the church must take righteous actions in three consecutive steps: i) question the state and make it accountable; ii) help the state’s victims and if necessary, iii) “jam a spoke in the wheel” to stop unlawful and rogue activities.

Join us as we explore the significance of Bonhoeffer’s proposal and its relevance for today.


13.30 – Welcome (Frank Hirth)

13.35 – Dr Jacob Philips (St Mary’s University Twickenham): Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Order of Society

14.15 – Dr. Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho (King’s College London): Updating Bonhoeffer’s Ethics in a world of exclusion

14.55 – Music: Ensemble Émigré (1)

15.10 – Coffee Break

16.00 – Dr. Eleanor McLaughlin (University of Oxford): Truth and communicating the truth: Bonhoeffer’s fiction from Tegel prison

16.40 – Dr. Joshua T. Searle, Spurgeon’s College The relevance of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s prophetic mandate in today’s post-truth world

17.20 – Music: Ensemble Émigré (2)

18.00 – Dinner

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