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Dietrich Bonhoeffer stands as one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century. In 1935 he took charge of an “illegal” underground seminary where he shared a home with 25 pastors. Life Together is Bonhoeffer’s inspiring account of their unique fellowship as they sought to foster and live in authentic Christian community.
Imprisoned and hanged by the Nazis near the end of World War II for plotting to assassinate Hitler, Bonhoeffer stands as a witness for faith and courage in the midst of persecution and an impassioned witness of the essential calling for Christians to do life together. Bonhoeffer reminds us, “We belong to one another only through and in Jesus Christ.”
Regarding this book, Student Minister The Rev. Taylor Ishii said this about Life Together: “It is one of the most important books I’ve read and Bonhoeffer’s description of Christian community has been central to how I envision my own ministry to students.” John Battey, Senior Warden of Christ Church, said, “Life Together opened my eyes to God’s gift of living in Christian community – something we often take for granted. Living in community is a divine blessing which strengthens us in our daily discipleship and gives us a glimpse into the unity and love of God.”
Do you long for authentic Christian community? A place to belong? Our lives are filled with many things, but we hunger for the goodness of life together in community and we may wonder if it is even possible. Life Together has been described as “bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.”
As we enter an exciting new season in the life of Christ Church, there is a call to actively, purposefully re-dedicate the ministry of small groups and to encourage active participation in Christian community. If you would like to engage in conversation on what it looks like to do life together, either for the purpose of finding a place of community yourself or to strengthen the group of which you are a part, I invite you to join me, John Battey, and Rev. Taylor Ishii as we lead a coed summer book discussion group based on Life Together. I am also excited to announce that Fr. Paul Donison will join us to teach two of the sessions.
It is my hope that this book can help us rediscover true community and experience the truth of the words of Psalm 133:1, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity!”
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The Rev. Susan Freeman
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