I’m not sure how many people read the “Comments” so I am copying my reply to a comment about the Bonhoeffer Conference, which is underway now.
Tuesday evening I saw a famous German theologian wandering around about apparently lost round 6 PM. So I led him to the cafeteria and had supper with him and enjoyed a good conversation. Opportunities like that are why conferences like this are such great learning experiences.
I was somewhat star-struck, but he was very down to earth, and as the Italians say, simpatico, molto gentile. (Sorry there are lots of Italian tourists here).
I had to leave for a moment to meet someone else, and just outside the door I met Dr and Mrs. Martin Marty–so I took them in and showed them to the table of the keynote speaker for the evening.
Internet service is very sporadic here, so I don’t think I will be able to give a minute-by-minute report. I will give some summaries next week, and post some photos of this fabulous city.
We had the world’s greatest tour guide for a tour of the Old City including the old Jewish City.
My presentation is tomorrow.
The Congress meets every four years–so mark your calendar for the next olympic year (sub conditione jacobea, as Bonhoeffer is fond of saying)
My goals for the next four years are to learn German well enough I can present a paper in German and attend all the German sessions–my listening skills suffer partly because I am hard of hearing, so it will take prayers for me and discipline on my part to get there.
more to come . . .