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Living Gently in a Violent World
The Prophetic Witness of Weakness
Stanley Hauerwas and Jean Vanier
I’m not interested in doing a good job. I am interested in an ecclesial vision for community. We are brothers and sisters, and Jesus is calling us from the pyramid to become a body. —Jean Vanier
Softcover; IVP Books, 2008; Pp115)

Rather than contending for privilege by wielding power and authority, we can witness prophetically out of our brokenness. The church has much to learn from an oft-overlooked community—those with disabilities, who point us anew to the very heart of the gospel.
In the fascinating volume, theologian Stanley Hauerwas collaborates with Jean Vanier, founder of the worldwide L’Arche communities. L’Arche provides a unique model of inclusive community that is underpinned by a deep spirituality and theology. Together Vanier and Hauerwas carefully explore the contours of a countercultural community that embodies a different way of being and witnesses to a new order—one marked by radical forms of gentleness, peacemaking and faithfulness.
The authors’ explorations shed light on what it means to be human and how we are to live. The toughness of Hauerwas and the gentleness of Vanier offer a constructive synergy that, if listened to carefully, will lead the church to a fresh practicing of peace, love and friendship This invigorating conversation is for all Christians who desire to live more faithfully in the midst of a broken world.
Chapters include:
• Introduction: Living Gently in a Violent World by John Swinton
• The Fragility of L’Arche and the Friendship of God by Jean Vanier
• Finding God in Strange Places: Why L’Arche Needs the Church by Stanley Hauerwas
• The Vision of Jesus: Living Peaceably in a Wounded World by Jean Vanier
• The Politics of Gentleness by Stanley Hauerwas
• Conclusion: L’Arche as a Peace Movement by John Swinton

 

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