The House of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Q&A with President Peter Flemming
Houses at The King’s College are student-led, mission-driven communities. They serve as social, academic, and spiritual support for students at King’s. Each House is led by four elected students and guided by faculty and staff advisors. In recent years, Houses have become even more critical to student life as the size of the student body has grown rapidly.
The House of Bonhoeffer is one of ten houses at The King’s College. With over 40 members, the mission of the House of Bonhoeffer is, “Men of Bonhoeffer strive to persevere in righteousness, grow in integrity, live and die with conviction, and serve with courage, steadfastly upholding a Christ-like community dedicated to these ideals.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the House’s namesake, was a German theologian and Christian martyr. The House of Bonhoeffer website describes Bonhoeffer in this way:
"Our House namesake is one of the most prominent theologians of the twentieth century. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in Germany and remained loyal to his countrymen until his execution just prior to the surrender of the Nazi regime in 1945. An openly outspoken opponent of Hitler, Bonhoeffer was an admitted member of the resistance movement, military double-agent, and was involved in a high profile assassination attempt on the Fuhrer. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hanged on April 9, 1945, days before the liberation of Flossenburg concentration camp."
Below is a short Q&A with Peter Flemming, the 2012-2013 president of The House of Bonhoeffer.
Q. How would you describe the House of Bonhoeffer, its traditions, members, and goals?
A. The House of Bonhoeffer is full of men who are passionate and active in service. Whether it's serving their church, city, school, or brothers, our men are out there and engaging those we live with every day. As a house we are very outward-focused, always asking what we can add to something else, which in the end, also strengthens our own tight community.
Q. What was it that brought you into house leadership?
A. The experience I have had in Bonhoeffer and the value it added to my college and New York City life, especially freshman year, fueled my interest for house leadership. There is always potential to make our community closer and stronger, and I hope to serve the house by guiding it closer to true community.
Q. What do you hope that the House of Bonhoeffer, and the House system in general, accomplishes for students during their time at King's?
A. To me, the house system's greatest accomplishment is connecting brothers with brothers and sisters with sisters. Real friendships are created and sustained within houses. I have no doubt I will still be in touch with the guys in Bonhoeffer ten years after graduation.
Q. What will you be focusing on this year at King's as President of the house?
A. As president of Bonhoeffer, my first priority is inviting and welcoming the incoming freshmen into the house. I hope to facilitate a community where its members create stories of their own. I also intend to integrate city outreach into the culture and activity of Bonhoeffer on a larger scale.
Q. Is there any kind of engagement project, or "service" focus for the year for the House?
A. Service is something I want to integrate into the house as a whole much more this year. We do a lot of service work as individuals, but not much as a house. We hope to establish a relationship with an organization in the city where we can do regular monthly work.
The King’s College educates students in the ideas upon which nations rise and fall. With a focused curriculum in the liberal arts tradition, students are prepared to help shape, and eventually to lead, the institutions of government, civil society, media, law, business, education, the arts, and the church. King’s is a Christian college located in New York City.
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