September 10 marks the Birthday of Jean Vanier, the French philosopher, theologian, and founder of the L’Arche communities.
In honor of the occasion, we offer a series of brief video clips that introduce Vanier’s life and work…
An Excerpt from Jean Vanier’s classic book
Paperback: Paulist Press, 1989.
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The Slow Church blog also features two great pieces on Vanier today (for his birthday):
“Christ’s Way of Peace
Manifested in our Weakness”
A Review of
Living Gently in a Violent World:
The Prophetic Witness of Weakness.
Stanley Hauerwas and Jean Vanier.
By Chris Smith.
Since this past summer, when I first got word of this book, I have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to dig into it. Not only is it written by two of the most important figures in Christian thought today, it also is the first book in the series “Resources for Reconciliation” from IVP Books and Duke Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation. And this little book did not disappoint, offering a brief but compelling argument for the place of weakness in the life of the Church.
Living Gently is primarily a book about the L’Arche communities, which
There are four essays in Living Gently, two by
A Brief Review of
JEAN VANIER: ESSENTIAL WRITINGS.
by Chris Smith.
Jean Vanier started what would become the L’Arche communities by taking in two mentally challenged men in 1964. In the intervening years, he has written profusely out of these experiences in communal care for those with mental or developmental challenges. His writings – marked by their clear, pointed prose spun in a warm, gentle tone – have found a large audience around the world. I, for one, have long considered