Should We Still Read Books by Ravi Zacharias, Jean Vanier. Etc.?
Bedard on Discipleship
A number of major Christian figures such as Ravi Zacharias, Jean Vanier, Bill Hybels and others have fallen. Some of these were prolific authors that were influential in their area of expertise. Should we still read their books or should we purge our personal libraries? This episode looks at these questions. Please support this podcast at Patreon or by downloading a FREE audiobook withe a FREE trial of Audible.
Kyle Strobel on Jean Vanier, Contemplation, and Spiritual Formation
This episode is a conversation with Dr. Kyle Strobel of Talbot School of Theology. We discuss Jean Vanier and the fall of leaders (2:44), defining and practicing contemplation (10:19), the Puritans on spiritual formation (20:56), and a theology of spiritual discipline (28:44).Church Grammar is presented by B&H Academic and the Christian Standard Bible. Intro music: Purple Dinosaur by nobigdyl. Producer: Katie Larson.Brandon D. Smith is Assistant Professor of Theology & New Testament at Cedarville University, Editorial Director for the Center for Baptist Renewal, and writes things. You can follow him on Twitter at @brandon_d_smith.*** This podcast is designed to discuss all sorts of topics from various points of view. Therefore, guests’ views do not always reflect the views of the host, his church, or his institution.
L'Arche volunteer responds to Jean Vanier revelations, debating plant-based meats, hearing loss, mental health & assisted dying
The Current Weekly
A long-time L'Arche volunteer and a resident share their response to an independent investigation that found the organization's founder, a religious leader, Jean Vanier sexually abused six women over three decades. Future of food, or flash in the pan? Author Mark Bittman gives his take on so-called plant-based meat substitutes. The New Yorker's David Owen, author of Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World, explains how the world around us is hurting our ears -- and why future hearing aids might not carry the same stigma they once did. Finally, Minister of Justice and Attorney General David Lametti explains recently tabled changes to medically assisted dying legislation.
This is the third talk Jean Vanier gave at the John Main Seminar in Trosly, France in 2016. Jean Vanier, who died in May 2019, was the founder of L’Arche. Why do we fear those different from us? Through the mission of L’Arche Jean Vanier explains how people grow and discover the beauty of their being. This is done by not changing people but revealing to them, by presence, that they are beautiful because they are children of God. The biggest revolution is imitating God by remaining silent and listening, by being present. Jean Vanier was a philosopher, writer, religious and moral leader and the founder of two major international community-based organizations, L’Arche and Faith and Light, that exist for people with intellectual disabilities. https://jean-vanier.org/en/meet-jean/introduction Music Credits: Aourourou by Blue Dot Sessions
This is the second talk Jean Vanier gave at the John Main Seminar in Trosly, France in 2016. Jean Vanier spoke about the discovery of the light through the cracks in our world, the fear of the different and the human transformation experienced through the proximity with the weak. Why do we fear those different? Through the mission of L’Arche Jean Vanier explains how people grow and discover the beauty of their being. This is done by not changing people but revealing to them, by presence, that they are beautiful because they are children of God. The biggest revolution is imitating God by remaining silent and listening, by being present. Jean Vanier was a philosopher, writer, religious and moral leader and the founder of two major international community-based organizations, L’Arche and Faith and Light, that exist for people with intellectual disabilities. https://jean-vanier.org/en/meet-jean/introduction Music Credits: Aourourou by Blue Dot Sessions
Richard Rohr's contemplation and Jean Vanier's action
Franciscan priest Fr. Richard Rohr reflects upon his spiritual life and new book 'The Universal Christ,' and we remember Jean Vanier, the founder of L'Arche communities for people with intellectual disabilities.
Last week, the Canadian Catholic leader Jean Vanier died at the age of 90. Born into a privileged family, Vanier’s life took an unexpected turn when he founded L’Arche, an international network of communities for people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities. As Bethany McKinney Fox, the founding pastor of a church inspired by L’Arche wrote for CT: “While many ministries involving people with intellectual disabilities began with a clear separation between those being helped and those doing the helping, slowly the paradigm has shifted toward Vanier’s approach at L’Arche, where all are called to share their gifts as members of one body of Christ, doing the work of the gospel together.” In addition to his legacy of work with intentional communities, Vanier was also a prolific author. “The themes that constitute those books—peace, peacemaking, community, community building, communion—are pretty consistent,” said Michael Higgins, the author of Jean Vanier: Logician of the Heart. “They undergo various kind of elaborations if you like, various more sophisticated iterations, but they are fundamentally the same themes built on the radical simplicity of the gospel that calls for us to live lives for others.” Higgins joined digital media producer Morgan Lee and editor in chief Mark Galli to discuss the counterculturally private personal life of Jean Vanier, his relationship with Henri Nouwen, and what evangelicals should learn from this deeply Catholic intellectual and practioner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Walking pilgrimages, Jean Vanier, Religious perspectives on artificial intelligence
Walking pilgrimages are increasingly capturing the popular imagination; Bernadette Kehoe joins pilgrims on a new pilgrimage route in Kent. The ‘Augustine Camino’ winds its way from the Anglican Cathedral in Rochester to the Catholic shrine of St Augustine. Jean Vanier, the Catholic theologian and founder of the L’Arche communities, died this week. We pay tribute to his life and work with John Sargent, national director of L’Arche UK and Tim, an adult with learning difficulties and a member of L’Arche Manchester who knew him. The first Muslim to row for Team GB, Double Olympian Mohamed Sbihi. He tells our reporter Tusdiq Din how he has coped with Ramadan over the recent years where the demands of his faith and those of an elite athlete have found a compromise.Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner and Professor Neil Lawrence (Professor of Machine Learning at Sheffield University) discuss ethical and religious perspectives on Artificial Intelligence.Azeem Wazir says he will be killed if he is deported back to Pakistan for protesting against the arrest of Asia Bibi and the country’s blasphemy laws. He speaks to Emily from Colnbrook immigration removal centre. Producers: Carmel Lonergan Harry FarleyEditor: Amanda Hancox
JEAN VANIERSept 10, 1928 - May 7, 2019Philosopher, writer, religious and moral leader, founder of communities for people with and without intellectual disabilities… and above all, a follower of Jesus, a peacemaker…Author of some 30 books, member of the Order of Canada, winner of the Templeton Prize, member of France’s Legion of Honour, member of the Order of Quebec, Jean Vanier was a widely recognized humanitarian, He was the founder of two international organizations dedicated to people with intellectual disabilities: L’Arche and Faith and Light. The 154 L’Arche communities in 38 countries and 1450 Faith and Light communities in 86 countries are places rich in human transformation. Those who live with people with intellectual disabilities leave transformed by what they have received and by the richness of the human relationships they have experienced. Having lived himself over 50 years with people with intellectual disabilities, Jean Vanier has been an ardent advocate for the most vulnerable and marginalized people in our societies. Jean Vanier regularly intervened in public forums, sharing about what he has witnessed and inviting us to acknowledge the gifts and valuable teachings that people with an intellectual disability can contribute to society once they are welcomed and loved. The message of Jean Vanier goes beyond religious and cultural barriers because it speaks to the basic and universal needs of each human being. The message of Jean Vanier redirects our attention to the importance of “being with” others, and most specifically with the most vulnerable. Each person is invited to go beyond personal ambitions to work for the wellbeing of others, attentive to their desires and needs. Only in this way will we discover the hidden treasures and beauty of each human being. L’Arche and Faith and Light are built on the conviction that people who have been judged to be useless and considered to be a financial burden are in fact sources of life who help us to fully embrace our humanity. Sister Sue Mosteller - Former L’Arche Director, Member of the Sisters of St. Joseph (Toronto), Author, Friend of Jean Vanier Dr. Michael W. Higgins, Ph.D. - Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought at Sacred Heart University, Author of Vanier Biography, Jean Vanier: Logician of the Heart
Editor’s note added 02/25/20: In February 2020, L’Arche International released the results of anindependent investigation that it commissioned into Jean Vanier, who died in 2019. The investigation determined that the L’Arche founder, Catholic philosopher and humanitarian engaged in manipulative sexual relationships with at least six women from 1970-2005. None of the women had disabilities. The report also concluded that Vanier was complicit in covering up similar sexual abuse by his mentor, the late Father Thomas Philippe. In this response, Krista reflects on the moral questions and meaning raised by these discoveries.*****A philosopher and Catholic social innovator, Jean Vanier is one of the great elders in our world today. The L’Arche movement, which he founded, centers around people with mental disabilities. The dozens of L’Arche communities around the world have become places of pilgrimage and are transformative for those involved and for the world around them. He has devoted his life to the practical application of Christianity’s most paradoxical teachings — that there’s power in humility, strength in weakness, and light in the darkness of human existence. Jean Vanier was a philosopher and the founder of L'Arche. He was also the recipient of the 2015 Templeton Prize. His books included Befriending the Stranger, An Ark for the Poor, and A Cry Is Heard: My Path to Peace. He died on May 7, 2019.This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode “Jean Vanier — The Wisdom of Tenderness.” Find more at onbeing.org.