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The Walls Around Refugee Camps
Some time ago I visited Slovenia, the little country in the former Yugoslavia with a population of about two million. Their government had welcomed tens of thousands of refugees from Bosnia and I...
Sign: seven words of hope
Jean Vanier
Jean Vanier, beloved spiritual writer and founder of L’Arche, shares with us timeless wisdom for creating communities of welcome and justice for all peoples. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the very first L’Arche community, the world-renowned Canadian philosopher and theologian Jean Vanier once again shares with us the wisdom that comes from a life lived with God’s beloved, the often marginalized members of society. Vanier offers to us profound insight for cultivating and crea [Read more]
Tears of silence
Photographs by Jonathan Boulet-Groulx
Jean Vanier
Re-released to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of l’Arche, an international network of communities for people with and without developmental disabilities, Tears of Silence is an inspiring book of meditative poetry on the topics of alienation and belonging, featuring intimate, never-before-published black and white photographs by Jonathan Boulet-Groulx. This edition includes a new preface by Jean Vanier and a foreword by author and education activist Parker J. Palmer. [Read more]
The Paradox of Disability
Responses to Jean Vanier and L'Arche Communities from Theology and the Sciences
Hans S. Reinders, editor
(Softcover; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Pp183)
In 2007 an impressive assortment of social scientists and theologians gathered in northern France at the community of L’Arche Trosly-Breuil, home of the first of over 100 L’Arche communities worldwide. The gathering was organized to solicit from them a response to a question posed by the founder of L’Arche, Jean Vanier: “What have people with disabilities taught me?” Their answers are here presented in a diverse collection of essays. Editor H [Read more]
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Becoming Human
The Massey Lectures (Audiobook read by the author)
Jean Vanier
(Audiobook; CBC Audio, 2006; Running time approx. 5 hrs.)
In this provocative work, Jean Vanier shares his profoundly human vision for creating a common good that radically changes our communities, our relationships, and ourselves. He proposes that by opening ourselves to outsiders, those we perceive as weak, different, or inferior, we can achieve true personal and societal freedom. Our society shuns weakness and glorifies strength. By embracing weakness, however, we learn new ways of living an [Read more]
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Exploring Your Future
A Youth Bible Study Guide with Jean Vanier
Amy Bunce
Exploring Your Future: A Youth Bible Study with Jean Vanier is an 8-lesson package created to support church, school and camp bible study groups for youth aged 14 to 17.  Each kit includes: • 34-page Leader’s Guide • DVD-ROM Choosing Our Future • Actions cards to accompany each lesson  The Leader’s Guide is to be used with the DVD-ROM Choosing Our Future which contains a short video of students in conversation with Jean Vanier and a series of audio clips from his CBC Massey [Read more]
The Knowing Eternity Collection
In Conversation with Jean Vanier
Norflicks Productions
Produced by Susan Morgan
(DVD; Norflicks Productions, 2006; Running time approx. 9 hrs.)
The Knowing Eternity Collection features Jean Vanier's inspired analysis of the Gospel of St. John. It is the culmination of a lifetime of self-discovery. Herein is an opportunity to share the profound insights of the founder of L'Arche, the inter-faith organization dedicated, in the spirit of the Beatitudes, to creating homes of care for the developmentally disabled and those who share their lives. In part one of the series, Knowi [Read more]
Belonging: The Search for Acceptance
Study Guide
Beth Porter, M.A. & Greg Rogers, M.E.D.
(Spiral-bound booklet; L'Arche Canada Foundation, 2003; Revised 2008; Pp40)
Belonging: The Search for Acceptance supports a variety of senior secondary school curricula related to human and societal behaviors and relationships including social sciences, ethics and religious studies, celebrating both the dignity and diversity of humanity. The material challenges students to reflect upon the beliefs they have that are associated with appearance, disabilities, family structures, gender, race, cult [Read more]
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