Bibliography Author: Lisa Dahill


Lisa Dahill "There’s Some Contradiction Here: Gender and the Relation of Above and Below in Bonhoeffer" In Interpreting Bonhoeffer: Essays on Method and Approaches. eds. Green, Clifford J., and Guy C. Carter. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press

Explores Bonhoeffer’s views on gender — a shadow side of his thinking — both as his theology shifts under Hitler and in glimpses of potential breakthroughs in the conspiracy/prison period. Its use of literary genre analysis provides a lens for retrieving a more life-giving Bonhoefferian view of gender.


Lisa Dahill "Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Life Together" In Christian Spirituality: The Classics. ed. Holder, Arthur. London and New York: Routledge 2010 : 329-40

Traces the context, content, and key insights of Life Together for 21st century readers, noting connections to neo-monasticism, to discussions of “real vs. virtual” community, and to the ecological context of our contemporary life together.


Lisa Dahill "Con-Formation with Christ: Bonhoeffer, Social Location, and Embodiment" In Being Human, Becoming Human: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Social Thought. eds. Zimmerman, Jens, and Brian Gregor. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Books/Wipf & Stock 2010 : 188-202

Explores Bonhoeffer’s theology of human embodiment, developing five primary insights on the Christian significance of the body and refracting the discussion through the experience glimpsed in the 2009 film “Precious.”


Lisa Dahill "The Genre of Gender: Gender and the Academic Study of Christian Spirituality" In Exploring Christian Spirituality: Essays in Honor of Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM. eds. Lescher, Bruce H., and Elizabeth Liebert, SNJM. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press 2006 : 98-118

Both gender and spirituality are incredibly complex realities, difficult to define yet reaching to the core of human and Christian life. This essay articulates multiple layers and aspects of the meaning of gender within the overarching framework of the Christian experience of God. A concluding section sketches implications of such exploration for the study of spirituality.


Lisa Dahill "Reading from the Underside of Selfhood: Bonhoeffer and Spiritual Formation" In Minding the Spirit: The Study of Christian Spirituality. eds. Dreyer, Elizabeth A., and Mark S. Burrows. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press 2005 : 249-266

An abstract of the central themes of the book above with the same title, originally published in xSpiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality (Fall 2001).


Lisa Dahill "Blessings for Times and Seasons: Marcia Falk‘s Feminist Berakhot" 21/4 In Liturgy. August 2006 : 3-10

Marcia Falk is a Jewish poet, scholar, and translator with a deep love for liturgical texts – particularly the berakhot or blessings at the heart of Jewish prayer – and a passion for their continuing life in Jewish contexts far removed from the ancient communities that originated these forms. This article provides an introduction to Falk‘s work and to broader questions of feminist recasting of traditional liturgical forms.


Lisa Dahill "Particularity, Incarnation, and Discernment: Bonhoeffer’s ‘Christmas’ Spirituality" In Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations. vol. 2, no. 1, 2007 : 53-61

In this article, I explore what it might mean to name Bonhoeffer‘s experience of the Christian life a “Christmas” spirituality. Both pieces were developed out of lectures given in fall 2006. This first piece explores Bonhoeffer‘s conception of the self and its particularity and formation, with reference to discernment, and was originally presented to a symposium of the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning in Boston; the Christmas motif frames the piece for this ecumenical audience but is not fully developed.


Lisa Dahill "For the Life of the World: Toward the Next Ten Years of Spiritus" In Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality. vol. 10, Fall 2010 : 287-292

This essay contributes to an invited panel reflecting on the future of the discipline of Christian Spirituality; I assert the necessity of an ecological perspective framing everything we do.


Lisa Dahill "Jesus is for You: A Feminist Reading of Bonhoeffer’s Christology" In Currents in Theology and Mission. vol. 34, no. 4, August 2007 : 250-259

This essay makes available a central portion of Reading from the Underside of Selfhood: its tracing of Bonhoeffer‘s conception of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ through a feminist lens.


Lisa Dahill "To Sing the Mystical Union: “Warum sollt ich mich denn grämen’" In CrossAccent. vol. 15, no. 2, August 2007 : 40-49

Explores the affective, even erotic, heart of Paul Gerhardt‘s (and, more broadly, Lutheran) spirituality through the text of one of his hymns: “Warum sollt ich mich denn grämen.” Locating the hymn within the traditions of mystical love poetry and communally embodied song, the article asserts that recovery of such hymns can provide an authentically Lutheran contribution, full of theological and poetic richness, to the repertoire of heart-focused worship songs so popular today.