20th Biennial Bonhoeffer Lectures in Public Ethics

“Advocacy and Resistance in a Divided Time”

May 31-June 1, 2019

Keynote speakers
The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber and Rev. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Drawing on their extensive experience building movements for social change, these speakers will address the pressing issues of our diverse communities, calling us to the work of advocacy and resistance.

In order to address these concerns locally, this conference uniquely places Chicago organizations working for justice alongside leading scholars making constructive use of the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Scholars will give presentations that introduce Bonhoeffer as a resource for thinking in new ways about a select number of issues, including racism, mass incarceration, gender justice and environmental justice. Representatives from local organizations will then lead workshops, providing training in practices relevant to the issues and opportunities for engagement in their on-going work.

This conference aims to serve laypersons, religious leaders, students and scholars from diverse faith communities in and beyond the Chicagoland area.

Registration fee: $30 (seminary students free with advance registration)

Register here

Co-sponsored by McCormick Theological Seminary and LSTC

Friday May 31

5:30-6:00 Registration – Grad Students

6:00-6:10 Welcome and Introduction of Dr. Reggie Williams – Dr. Jennifer M. McBride

6:10-6:45 Retelling the Bonhoeffer Biography: Social location and the Theologian – Dr. Reggie Williams

6:40-6:45 Introduction of Keynote Speakers – Dr. Jennifer M. McBride

6:45-7:25 Keynote Lecture – Rev. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

7:25-8:30 Keynote Lecture – Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

8:30-9:30 Cocktail Reception

Saturday June 1

8:00-8:30 Registration – Grad Students

8:30-10:15 Session I. Whiteness, Racial Justice, Mass Incarceration (35mins each)

  • 8:30-8:35 Speaker Introduction – Matthew K. Jones
  • 8:35-9:10 Paper 1 – Dr. Stephen Ray
  • 9:10-9:45 Paper 2 – Dr. Jennifer M. McBride and Dr. Thomas Fabisiak
  • 9:45-10:20 Paper 3 – Dr. Jeffrey Pugh

10:20-10:30 Coffee Break


  •  Workshop Option 1: Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois
  • Workshop Option 2: Institute for Nonviolence Chicago

12:00-1:30 Lunch at Refectory

1:30-4:30 Session 2 Gender, Trauma, and the Environment (30 min each)

  • 1:30-1:35 Speaker Introduction – Dr. Jennifer McBride
  • 1:35-2:05 Paper 1 – Dr. Lisa Dahill
  • 2:05-2:35 Paper 2 – Dr. Di Rayson
  • 2:35-2:45 Response/Dialogue
  • 2:45-3:00 Coffee Break


  • Workshop Option 1: Live Oak Chicago
  • Workshop Option 2: Faith and Place

4:30-4:45 Coffee Break

4:45-6:30 Session III. Bonhoeffer, the Post-Racial, and The Western World

  • 4:45-4:50 Speaker Introduction – Dr. Reggie Williams
  • 4:50-5:25 Closing Bonhoeffer Lecture – Dr. J. Kameron Carter
  • 5:25-5:50 Response to Carter – Dr. Michael DeJonge
  • 5:50-6:00 Dialogue between Carter and DeJonge
  • 6:00-6:05 Speaker Introduction – Dr. Reggie Williams
  • 6:05-6:30 Closing Challenge – Father Michael Pfleger

*Paper titles and abstracts to be posted at a later date


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