The call to follow Jesus, Bonhoeffer insists, is not an easy deal. Discipleship can never be a matter of cheap grace. It requires sacrifice and even suffering in order to bring justice and equity to poor and downtrodden. The Church, Bonhoeffer argues, is there to express Christ’s Will for the world – to speak up for what is right and to challenge that which is not.
In this context, Project Bonhoeffer’s contribution the SCM’s Faith in Action internships over the past three years has involved supporting individuals by working in various programmes and services, public and private, and have sought to explore and even challenge those practices at risk of failing to provide essential justice and care – particularly when their clients have been amongst the most vulnerable in society.