House of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
"Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility."
Men of Bonhoeffer strive to persevere in righteousness, grow in integrity, live and die with conviction and serve with courage, steadfastly upholding a Christ-centered community dedicated to these ideals.
We pursue relationships with each other and the rest of the King’s community that demonstrate the empathy and compassion of our namesake.
The House calls every man to have the courage to act justly at all times and stand strong in their faith, as our namesake did.
Every man of Bonhoeffer is called to disciple his brothers in the House as we grow together.
Our House values require that each person surrender his time and much more in order to invest in the man next to him. We sacrifice for the chance to invest more in each other and the King’s community as opposed to ourselves.
Knighting (for achievement of note within the King’s community)
BBQ’s at Professor “Doc” Salyers house
Annual Superbowl Party
Bigs and Littles
The eagle is recognized as the king of birds and thus is a natural choice to represent the strength, courage, and power of the men of Bonhoeffer. The eagle used on the crest is also the eagle that was commonly used in German heraldry, thus tying us to our roots of the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
The shield is meant to represent the House of Bonhoeffer’s constant readiness for battle.
On the shield are found the three crosses, and they have several meanings. First, the crosses represent that the focus of the House is in Christ in every situation, including the battles represented by the shield. Second, the crosses represent suffering—both the way that Christ suffered for us, and the way that we are to suffer for the cause of Christ and for each other. Third, the crosses connect us to The King’s College since the same images are in the College crest.
The three colors, aside from their individual symbolism, are meant to tie the crest to the House’s German roots. Red, yellow, and black are the three colors associated with the German flag.
Red is the color of strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. The Men of Bonhoeffer seek to exemplify a life that incorporates all of these aspects.
Yellow is associated with joy, happiness, and intellect. The House of Bonhoeffer recognizes that we are called to a life of joy, as well as the need to develop our intellect.
Black is meant to represent and highlight the power, elegance, and formality associated with the House of Bonhoeffer.