German Lutheran Dietrich Bonhoeffer was safe in the United States when World War II broke out. But his faith drew him back to Germany, to actively oppose the Nazis. As an atheist, Rev. McCarty sees Bonhoeffer’s heroic resistance and death as a source of hope for our troubled times, as well as common ground between believers and non-believers.
Born in western Colorado, Rev. Dennis McCarty has written novels and plays, doing construction work and then teaching English to support his writing habit. He decided to become a minister in the late 1990’s, and is now Minister Emeritus at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus, Indiana. He is currently putting the finishing touches on his latest book: Monuments: Reflections on Time, Culture, and Spirits in America. He also, sometimes, shares a one-person version of his play, Servetus: the Radical Reformed Musical.