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German Bishop To Speak On Guilt And Reconciliation Wolfgang Huber Considers Christianity In A Violent World

September 24, 2002-- Wolfgang Huber, bishop of the Evangelical Church in Berlin-Brandenburg, will speak on “Guilt and Reconciliation: Christian Faith in a Violent World,” Oct. 8, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., in the Dome Room of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. The lecture, in English, is free and open to the public.

Huber’s talk is the second annual Capps Lecture, a series co-sponsored by the University’s Project on Lived Theology and Theological Horizons, a nonprofit organization that supports theological research and education. The lecture series provides a forum for prominent religious leaders and thinkers to explore connections between faith and social responsibility.

Huber is a leading thinker in ethics and public policy, and provides a new voice in the debate on “just war” in the Christian tradition, according to Charles Marsh, director of the Project on Lived Theology.

“Bishop Huber is a distinguished scholar of bioethics and social ethics and currently serves on Germany’s National Ethics Advisory Board,” Marsh said. “His international activities include a recent stint on the executive committee of the World Council of Churches. We are pleased to bring him to Charlottesville to share his important research and his timely reflection on peacemaking.”

As the first bishop of the Evangelical Church in Berlin-Brandenburg since the reunification of Germany, Huber faced the challenge of reconciling churches from former East Germany and former West Germany into a unified church community. He has been bishop of Berlin-Brandenburg since 1994, and a member of the Council of the Evangelical Churches since 1997.

A professor at the Humboldt-University, Berlin, and at the University of Heidelberg, he authored “Violence: The Unrelenting Assault on Human Dignity.” In this book, Huber advances a position he calls “reasonable pacifism,” which occupies the middle ground between traditional Christian pacifism and realism as it addresses the challenge of preventing violence in the modern world.

Huber was born in Strasburg, Germany, in 1942 and studied theology at universities in Heidelberg, Göttingen and Tübingen. From 1983 to 1985 he served as president of the German Evangelical Church Congress. He has been a long-time member of the International Bonhoeffer Society. In 1989, he was named the Lilly Visiting Professor at Emory University in Atlanta.

The Capps Lectures’ co-sponsor, the Project on Lived Theology, seeks to nurture conversation and collaboration between scholars of religion and religious communities. The project’s aim is to demonstrate the importance of theological ideas – of confessional and doctrinal commitments – in the public discussion of civic responsibility and social progress.

The Capps Lectures in Christian Theology, an annual public lecture series, have been made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. W. Jerry Capps of Atlanta, Georgia. The goal of the lecture series is to enable the world's preeminent theologians to address current civic concerns from a Christian perspective.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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