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Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Centre London

Welcome to the Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Centre London (DBCL).

In 2013 an independent centre was founded at the Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Church in London to study and promote Dietrich Bonhoeffer's life and writings. The life and work of Bonhoeffer have received global attention in both the Christian churches and in universities. The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Church in London stimulates participation of those interested in Bonhoeffer in a variety of fields. It serves academic research as well as Church related activities both in the United Kingdom and on an international level.

German: Im Februar 2013 wurde der erste Bonhoeffer Day an der Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Kirche unter dem Titel "in Prayer and Righteous Action. Bonhoeffer´s Spirituaity and Ethics" veranstaltet. Im Anschluss an diese erfolgreiche Veranstaltung entstand ein neues Projekt: Das Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Centre London (DBCL). Mit dieser Neugründung werden zugleich frühere Initiativen (Bonhoeffer Study Centre, 1980) aufgenommen und fortgeführt.

Das Centre ist ein Gemeindeprojekt. Sein Ziel ist es, die Beschäftigung mit dem Werk und Leben Bonhoeffers im britischen Kontext zu fördern und damit das einzigartige historische Erbe der Gemeinde zur Geltung zu bringen.

"Action springs not from thought,

but from a readiness for responsibility"

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What is the Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Centre London

Gallery of 20th Century Martyrs at Westminster Abbey. From left, Mother Elizabeth of Russia, Martin Luther King, Jr., Oscar Romero and Dietrich Bonhoeffer


February 2, 2013 the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Centre London (DBCL) was officially opened as part of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Church in Forest Hill with a Bonhoeffer Day on the theme "In Prayer and Righteous Action". This newly founded Centre coordinates and stimulates activities on the life and work of this great German theologian and writer of the 20th century.


Aims & Objectives

The aims and objectives of the centre are:

  • To provide opportunities for research, prayer and exchange for people world-wide interested in Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

  • To archive the international research material on Dietrich Bonhoeffer and to develop a library accordingly.

  • To deepen our own research on Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

  • To expand research about Bonhoeffer's time in London and the German Protestant community in the 1930s.

  • To publish the series ‘Dietrich Bonhoeffer Studies'.

  • To initiate projects in relation to Bonhoeffer.

  • To develop a website, which will present the different activities, both local as well as on an international level.

  • To open up the centre of Dietrich Bonhoeffer documentation for scholars and people world-wide who will visit London.

  • To organise symposiums, seminars, courses, conferences, debates, and Church related activities.

  • To offer both pastoral and professional academic support and supervision for those who wish further guidance in their work, and prayer.

  • To expand our contacts with the different organizations interested in Dietrich Bonhoeffer and social Justice issues.


Church & University

Bonhoeffer's Work in English


London, 1933-1935: Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works,

Volume 13
by Keith W. Clements (Editor); Isabel Best (Translator)


Release Date: Friday, July 13, 2007
Format: Hard Cover, 550 pages  6 x 9 inches
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 9780800683139


Dietrich Bonhoeffer's pastoral sojourn in England from October 1933 to April of 1935, which he initially viewed as a withdrawal from the church clashes in Germany, marked instead a new phase in his intensive participation in that struggle. This enlightening volume provides an almost daily documentation of his deepening engagement against the placid backdrop of his two London pastorates. Detailing Bonhoeffer's extensive contacts with German expatriates, ecumenical partners and allies, and friends and family, London: 1933-1935 impressively records both Bonhoeffer's involvement in the rapidly developing clash with the deutsche Christen and the means by which he pursued it. The bulk of the material consists of his wide correspondence but also includes records and minutes of his congregational meetings, excerpts from the diaries of Bonhoeffer's friend and London colleague Julius Rieger, reports from international conferences from 1934, and more than twenty sermons he preached to his London congregations. The wealth of this material, says editor Keith Clements, allows us to experience a dramatic slice of this history and see the many and complex facets of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's personality.


"This is an enormously rich resource for anyone interested in Bonhoeffer's life and thought during that earthshaking period in European history."
— John W. DE Gruchy, Emeritus, University of Cape Town


"Beautifully translated, the letters and sermons give us new insights into Bonhoeffer himself."
— Victoria J. Barnett, General Editor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Works English Edition and Director, Church Relations, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

"Taking its place in what has become a definitive series, this splendid new volume captures Dietrich Bonhoeffer busily at work in a lively new landscape. More than this, it yields a vivid glimpse of that bustling, wider realm of opinion, friendship and endeavour which the crisis of National Socialism provoked beyond the borders of Germany itself. It is surely indispensable."
— Andrew Chandler, Director, the George Bell Institute at the University of Chichester

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