Bishop To Speak On Guilt And Reconciliation Wolfgang Huber Considers
Christianity In A Violent World
September 24, 2002--
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.
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.
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
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
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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