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From Brokenness to Community (Harold M. Wit Lectures) Paperback – May 1, 1992
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All who are part of our culture of success will be challenged by Vanier's vision of life in community. --Weavings
About the Author
After years of studying and teaching philosophy, Jean Vanier founded L'Arche, named after Noah's ark, a network of more than one hundred communities in thirty countries, inhabited by people with disabilities and their caregivers. Vanier is the son of former governor general of Canada Georges Vanier. Jean Vanier is also co-founder, with Marie-Hélène Mathieu, of Faith and Light, which brings together people with disabilities and their family and friends. There are now 1,300 Faith and Light communities in seventy-five countries.
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Vulnerable, we become approachable. Community is possible.
Aware of our shadow, we become less judgmental. Community is possible.
The residents of Vanier's community have severe physical and mental handicaps which soon test the souls of "regular" community members who support them. Once anger, jealousy, rivalry and impatience is exposed, it can be acknowledged and dealt with. The "evil" is not so much in the community as it is in ME. Contact with the handicapped residents is healing, transformational. People become "real." Community results from the relationship established among authentic people.
"Elitism is the sickness of us all...Healing takes place at the bottom of the ladder, not at the top."
-Jack H. Bender, author of Disregarded: Transforming the School and Workplace through Deep Respect and Courage