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Living Gently in a Violent World (Resources For Reconciliation Series)

Stanley HauerwasJean Vanier

Living Gently in a Violent World (Resources For Reconciliation Series)

Stanley HauerwasJean Vanier

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How are Christians to live in a violent and wounded world? Rather than contending for privilege by wielding power and authority, we can witness prophetically from a position of weakness. The church has much to learn from an often overlooked community - those with disabilities.

^^In this fascinating volume, theologian Stanley Hauerwas collaborates with Jean Vanier, founder of the worldwide L'Arche communities. For many years, Hauerwas has reflected on the lives of people with disability, the political significance of community, and how the experience of disability addresses the weaknesses and failures of liberal society. And 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 synergy of ideas 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 faithfully in a world that is violent and broken.



- Publisher In this fascinating book, theologian Stanley Hauerwas collaborates with Jean Vanier, founder of the worldwide L'Arche communities. For many years, Hauerwas has reflected on the lives of people with disability, the political significance of community, and how the experience of disability addresses the weaknesses and failures of liberal society. And 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. Market/Audience Those caring for people with special needs Christians interested in issues of justice Church leaders Emergent church Features and Benefits Presents a dialogue between one of America's most prominent theologians and the founder of the worldwide L'Arche communities Offers a practical theology of disability, inclusion, community and witness

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About "Living Gently in a Violent World (Resources For Reconciliation Series)"

How are Christians to live in a violent and wounded world? Rather than contending for privilege by wielding power and authority, we can witness prophetically from a position of weakness. The church has much to learn from an often overlooked community - those with disabilities.

^^In this fascinating volume, theologian Stanley Hauerwas collaborates with Jean Vanier, founder of the worldwide L'Arche communities. For many years, Hauerwas has reflected on the lives of people with disability, the political significance of community, and how the experience of disability addresses the weaknesses and failures of liberal society. And 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 synergy of ideas 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 faithfully in a world that is violent and broken.


- Publisher

In this fascinating book, theologian Stanley Hauerwas collaborates with Jean Vanier, founder of the worldwide L'Arche communities. For many years, Hauerwas has reflected on the lives of people with disability, the political significance of community, and how the experience of disability addresses the weaknesses and failures of liberal society. And 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. Market/Audience Those caring for people with special needs Christians interested in issues of justice Church leaders Emergent church Features and Benefits Presents a dialogue between one of America's most prominent theologians and the founder of the worldwide L'Arche communities Offers a practical theology of disability, inclusion, community and witness
- Publisher

Meet the Authors

Stanley Hauerwas

Stanley Hauerwas (Ph.D.,Yale University) is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University. He is the author of many books, including Performing the Faith, The Peaceable Kingdom; With the Grain of the Universe; A Better Hope; Christian Existence Today.

His book, A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic, was selected as one of the 100 most important books on religion of the 20th century. Dr. Hauerwas recently authored Matthew (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible), and The State of the University: Academic Knowledges and the Knowledge of God, (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007).

Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier is the founder of L'Arche and co-founder of Faith and Light, communities of and for people with disabilities. The first modest L'Arche home has inspired the founding of over 120 others in thirty countries around the world, including 26 in Canada. Jean Vanier has shared his experiences and vision in bestselling books such as Becoming Human, Finding peace, The Scandal of Service, Seeing Beyond Depression, Community and Growth, Made for Happiness, and his commentary Drawn in the Mystery of the Gospel of John. His most recent publication is Living Gently in a Violent World with Stanley Hauerwas.
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Table Of Contents

  • Series Preface By Series Editors Emmanuel Katongole And Chris Rice
  • Introduction: Living Gently In A Violent World
  • By John Swinton
  • 1. The Fragility Of L'arche And The Friendship Of God
  • By Jean Vanier
  • 2. Finding God In Strange Places: Why L'arche Needs The Church
  • By Stanley Hauerwas
  • 3. The Vision Of Jesus: Living Peaceably In A Wounded World
  • By Jean Vanier
  • 4. The Politics Of Gentleness
  • By Stanley Hauerwas
  • Conclusion: L'arche As A Peace Movement
  • By John Swinton
  • Notes
  • About The Authors
  • About The Duke Divinity School Center For Reconciliation
  • About Resources For Reconciliation
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