“To be free is to be in love, is to be in the truth of God. The one who loves because made free by the truth of God, is the most revolutionary person on earth.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1932.

Pastor Bonhoeffer in Germany, circa 1930s.

In Lent, which this year runs from Ash Wednesday on February 22 to Holy Saturday on April 7, Christians go on a journey of deepening reflection, prayer and discipline which leads them to the great festival of new life at Easter.

In this year’s Lent study course, devised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland in partnership with BBC Radio, we are invited to think of this journey as leading towards the true freedom of living in love towards God and others, and what this freedom means for ourselves, our churches, our local communities and our world today.

The theme is taken from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian executed in 1945 for his part in the resistance to Hitler, whose thoughts continue to challenge us on what it means to have faith and to be the church in a dangerous world. In 1944 while in prison he wrote a poem Stations on the Way to Freedom. The ‘stations’ he highlighted are: discipline, action, suffering and death.

The course does not involve studying Bonhoeffer as such but simply taking some cues from him, and each week asking what ‘freedom’ means for us in our context today. Bible studies will be an important part of the material.

• Full details and resources can be found at the CTBI website.