At L’Arche, we are all experimenting with what it means to find “the courage to truly meet difference.” We are on this journey whether we’re encountering a new person, or group, or any culture other than our own. On May 30 and 31, 2017, a meeting was held to bring together First Nations and “immigrant” people (everyone else). One of this year’s many meetings, the gathering took place at the Notre-Dame-du-Cap sanctuary in Trois-Rivières in Quebec. We wanted to provide you with an overview of the event in honour of International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, which is celebrated on August 9 of each year.
On February 8, members of L'Arche attended an “in person” session of the accessibility consultation as several L’Arche folk from other communities had done in their cities.
AboutFace, an organization providing supports to individuals with facial differences and their families, as well as public awareness and education to increase understanding and acceptance, recently hosted the Toronto premiere of this powerful film that transforms attitudes about appearance and encourages students to accept themselves and others. It's about difference and belonging, judgment and inclusion.
L’Arche Canada is participating in a series of round tables on the theme of “Living Together” – sharing life with and including persons who are vulnerable and marginalized in the heart of our communities. It is a chance for individuals from organizations that are part of the cause of creating a more just, compassionate and inclusive world to come together to share experience, learn together and be inspired.
The Mission of L’Arche calls us “to engage in our diverse cultures, working together toward a more human society.” In August, we can live the mission by taking a role in the World Social Forum.
L’Arche International is launching the 9th film in its #AsIAm web series, filmed at L’Arche in Japan, in homage to the 19 victims of the Sagamihara massacre.
To listen is to hear beyond words, beyond what the person says or does not say. It is leaving behind one’s your own preconceived ideas and entering into the sufferings and joys of another person, as if you were standing in their shoes. Listening to a person in their vulnerability also means hearing the call of our common humanity, the need to realize how wounding our ideals and collective behaviour can be to many people, people who can not compete in the race for social, emotional and personal "success" proposed by contemporary society. Below is a first testimony on this theme - listening to a person who lived great aspirations while struggling with the limitations of his disabilities.
A few years ago, I went with Mel Kirzner, a man with an intellectual disability who welcomed my to L’Arche in 1985, to visit the Maxwell and Ruth Leroy Holocaust Remembrance Garden at the Reena Community Residence in Vaughan.