I am delighted to announce that Whitley College will host Andrew Root (Associate Professor and Carrie Olson Baalson Chair of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, Minnesota) for the first of its public lectures for 2017. Andy will be at Whitley teaching a one-week course on the theology of relational ministry. (More details about that here.)
The public lecture, which will take place on 1 February, will be on the topic of Dietrich Bonhoeffer as youth worker, a subject on which Andy has published a very fine book.
Bonhoeffer is certainly one of the most beloved Christian pastors and theologians of the twentieth century. While his work is the subject of a growing body of research, largely omitted from such has been the centrality of Bonhoeffer’s youth work and ministry with children. Between 1925 and 1939, all of Bonhoeffer’s direct ministry practice was with children and youth, leading the experience of children and youth into his well-known theological works, as well inspiring him to write much lesser-known pieces and sermons about and for young people. Andy’s presentation will look to right this biographical wrong by exploring Bonhoeffer’s work with young people, and by asking how Bonhoeffer might inspire our own ministries, giving us new perspectives on our own work with young people, and others.
All are welcome, and please feel free to share the poster below (also available as a pdf) with others.