I’m back from Prague but jet-lagged. Tomorrow I will gather my notes together and report on some of the highlights. The theme of the congress was “between Fundamentalism and Secularism–The Church in the Middle of the Village, in the Open Air of Intellectual Discussion.” The next congress in four years, the time of the next summer Olympics, will be in Sweden.
One “milestone” or transition: It was announced that this year’s congress was the first one at which no member of the Bonhoeffer family was present. Renate Bethge sent her greetings and regrets that she was not able to attend. Another milestone was the publication in July, 2008, of volume 10 of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Works in English. The volume was available at the Congress, and covers the years 1928-1931, and covers Bonhoeffer’s time in Barcelona, New York, and Berlin.
Speaking of New York, I finished the last pages of my paper at my daughter’s apartment in West Harlem, between the Abyssinian Baptist Church and Union Theological seminary. I did take some pictures of the courtyard at UTS where perhaps Bonhoeffer meditated or prayed about his decision to return to Germany in 1939.