Mission & Vision

Our Origins

Project Bonhoeffer was set up in 2012 by a small group of friends who, remembering the impact of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life and ideas on their own thinking as young Christians fifty years ago, felt it was important to convey something of that experience to young Christians today.

Project Bonhoeffer is there to provide opportunities for them to think and to act – reflecting on faith… and in doing something about it in the context in which they feel called to serve.
Project Bonhoeffer seeks to inspire and enable people to put Christian faith into action in ways that make a positive difference in the world, engaging with the key social and political challenges we face. It encourages and resources theological reflection, conversation and community-building around the work and life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and its contemporary implications. A specific focus is supporting young people to explore and develop their faith in relation to social and political action.”

This we call the Bonhoeffer Challenge.

Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also this teaching and discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation.

Any reading of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s writing quickly shows that he asks fundamental questions and sets up critical challenges for himself and indeed for all of us. “Who is Christ?”, he asks, “and how do we proclaim his Lordship in a world where Christianity no longer gives authority to the political, social and cultural establishment of society in the way it did throughout the centuries of Christendom.” Simultaneously, he proceeds to enunciate a theology that has Christ at its centre through which today’s humankind can


We are a small independent charity with limited resources yet seeking to offer opportunities and experiences for some of today’s generation of young Christians to explore the meaning of their faith – and to live out that faith individually and collectively as they are called to do. The Trustees meet regularly and undertake all the activities of the charity, supported by our part-time administrator.


Meet the Team


Geoff Driver


Geoff was first introduced to Bonhoeffer’s work as an undergraduate student and active member of the British SCM. He went on to serve on SCM staff in both the UK and Bolivia, before embarking upon a varied career in social research and teaching in HE and FE along with local politics as a city councillor, most of it in the North of England.

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Rachel Muers


Rachel teaches theology at the University of Leeds. She’s interested in how theological thinking such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s can inform Christian political and social action today, and passionate about providing opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn together. She’s a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers).


Ruth Wilde


Ruth Wilde is the National Coordinator of the charity Inclusive Church and a Tutor in Disability Inclusion for Northern Baptist College. She also tutors at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in her spare time. She used to work for the Student Christian Movement as the Faith in Action Project Worker, which is why she takes an avid interest in the work of Project Bonhoeffer, who paid her wages back then! Ruth’s recent MA dissertation, on liberationist theologies of the cross, made use of Bonhoeffer’s theology, as well as the writings of Jurgen Moltmann, James Cone and Nancy Eisland. She lives in South Birmingham with her wife and young son. When not working or studying, Ruth loves being outside in nature with her family.


Alan Deacon


Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of Leeds. A Methodist for over 30 years, Alan is a member of the Progressive Christianity Network and in recent years has been grateful for the welcome and space for spiritual reflection offered by Mill Hill Unitarian Chapel in Leeds.


Mike West


Mike’s introduction to Bonhoeffer began while an undergraduate and  active member of Student Christian Movement. Most of his working life has been in Industrial Mission, where he developed ways of doing Theological Reflection. All these strands come together in his work with Project Bonhoeffer.


Margaret Halsey


Margaret Halsey was employed in various working roles linking faith, social justice and education. Having retired from the post of director of Leeds Church Institute, she contributes to learning and work with asylum seekers in her local church, and is nourished by creative writing, art and music.


Liz Marsh


Liz is a PhD student in Practical Theology and Ethics at the University of Edinburgh, working on developing a theological account of hope in the context of the climate crisis. Liz is an active member of the Young Christian Climate Network and has been a member of Student Christian Movement since 2015.

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