Seventy years after his death on 9 April 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer still looms large in the ecumenical world. To explore and celebrate his lifework and legacy, WCC Publications offered a morning panel discussion with three leading scholars. The first presentation by the Rev. Dr Keith Clements was based on his recent book “Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Ecumenical Quest”.

Keith Clements was born to missionary parents in China. A Baptist minister, he was educated at King’s College, Cambridge and Regent’s Park College, Oxford. In addition to teaching theology in the United Kingdom and Australia, he has served as secretary of international affairs for the Council of Churches in Britain and Ireland, and he retired from the position of General Secretary of the Conference of European Churches in 2005. He is the author of numerous books, including “Faith on the Frontier: A Life of J.H. Oldham”, “The Churches in Europe as Witnesses to Healing”, “Ecumenical Dynamic: Living in More than One Place”, “Bonhoeffer and Britain”, “The SPCK Introduction to Bonhoeffer” and “Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Ecumenical Quest” (WCC Publications, 2015). He was also the English-language editor of Volume 13 in the “Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works” series, covering the years 1933 to 1935.

Early in the final chapter of his new book, Keith Clements asks whether…

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