Dietrich Bonhoeffer Centre London (DBCL)




Here I stand

Honesty, Authenticity and Conscience


February 4th, 2017

1.30pm – 7.30pm


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Church

Dacres Road, Forest Hill , SE23 2NR



In an era being described as ‘post-truth’, what does it mean to be honest? In an age where forms of media have become a fact of everyday life for many through digital technology, what does it mean to be authentic?

These contemporary questions have precedents lying at the centre of the Protestant Reformation, currently celebrating its quincentennial year, which sought ultimately to uncover the honest and authentic heart of Christianity. Luther famously claimed his conscience had led him to state: ‘Here I stand, I can do no other’, in a statement which echoes the approach of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who sought honesty, authenticity and conscientious conviction in a society where truth had lost all meaning.

Join us as we explore these themes and figures and contemplate perennial questions of human life: how to be honest, authentic, and true to conscience, in everyday life.

Music by the King Cave Project,


The Programme

13.30 Welcome (Frank Hirth)

13.45 Ulrich Lincoln on Bonhoeffer: Honesty in times of post-truth politics

15.00 Music by the King Cave Project

15.30 Coffee break

15.45 Ken Walker on Authenticity: Who am I? Bonhoeffer’s question that doesn’t go away

16.30 Coffee Break

16.45 Jacob Philipps, St Mary’s University Twickenham: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther on Conscience

17.30 Music by the King Cave Project

18.15 Dinner


In February 2013 the first Bonhoeffer Day was held in the Dietrich Bonhoeffer church under the theme "in Prayer and Righteous Action. Bonhoeffer's Spirituaity and Ethics". Following from this successful event, a new project was launched: the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Centre London (DBCL). The foundation of this centre continues and incorporates earlier initiatives (Bonhoeffer Study Centre, 1980).

The Centre is a project of the congregation. It has as its goal to promote involvement with the life and work of Bonhoeffer in a British context and thereby to make the unique historical inheritance of the congregation more widely known. More information may be found on the web site:

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