Open invitation to:
“Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s contribution to understanding the future of Christianity and the church in a secular world is fascinating – and even more challenging today!”
We especially invite you to join us in our June 16th Gathering with this intriguing theme appropriate to the co-incidence of dates-“Heretics’ Sunday” and our Gathering!
Confined to Tegel prison in Berlin from April 1943, until his death 9th April 1945 in Flossenburg concentration camp, Bonhoeffer reflected on the future of ‘The Church’ and of Christian communities in a secular world. He questioned the Orthodox understanding of the Gospel as well as Roman Catholic and Protestant church practices. That is, he challenged the church ‘norms’ that many in his lifetime took for granted. Orthodoxy, according to Bonhoeffer, has held sway for 1900 years, condemning those who thought differently and silencing them where possible… even putting to death some unrepentant heretics.
“Letters and Papers from Prison” became Bonhoeffer’s final words on the subject.
Our Leader, Rev Pieter Hoogendoorn, says “In spite of many developments since, congregations today act as if nothing has occurred”.
Our theme is developed on Pieter’s proposition that only two options are open to today’s Christians and congregations. On the one hand ignore his writings- as many do; or struggle with his insights and take up the implied challenges. Pieter says “ For Explorers, and modern ‘faith seekers’, the latter is the only option. It is better to struggle with the challenges of Bonhoeffer’s thoughts than to throw up our hands in despair because he has not provided a full answer for us to endorse.”
Intrigued?….Why not make this a special occasion and come to this Gathering:
WHEN: Sunday Evening 16th June at 5pm -7pm
WHERE: Caloundra Uniting Church HALL at 56 Queen Street Caloundra
OTHER INFO: The Gathering includes a byo light finger food meal as well as a full opportunity to discuss the issues around your table with friends-old and new!
CONTACT: Pieter Hoogendoorn Ph.0419 976 372 or Margaret Landbeck Ph.5438 2789 .
Caloundra Explorers Group
Faith And the Modern Era Series