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Tender to the world : Jean Vanier, L'Arche, and the United Church of Canada

Author: Carolyn Whitney-Brown
Publisher: Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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""What is the secret that allows L'Arche to exist? I'll tell you: pleasure!" explains Jean Vanier, founder of the international federation of L'Arche communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities share their lives. Vanier's spiritual vision and playful sense of humour shaped L'Arche, but the organization was also formed by its surprising history with the United Church of Canada. In Tender to  Read more...
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Whitney-Brown, Carolyn.
Tender to the world.
Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019
(OCoLC)1102053777
Named Person: Jean Vanier; Jean Vanier
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carolyn Whitney-Brown
ISBN: 9780773559110 0773559116 9780773559127 0773559124
OCLC Number: 1096476339
Description: xvi, 264 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Carolyn Whitney-Brown ; foreword by Jean Vanier.

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""What is the secret that allows L'Arche to exist? I'll tell you: pleasure!" explains Jean Vanier, founder of the international federation of L'Arche communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities share their lives. Vanier's spiritual vision and playful sense of humour shaped L'Arche, but the organization was also formed by its surprising history with the United Church of Canada. In Tender to the World Carolyn Whitney-Brown explores the connections between the two organizations through diverse critical insights from Julia Kristeva, Doreen Massey, and Mikhail Bakhtin, as well as Vanier's controversial articulation of the gift of weakness. Tracing the five-decade relationship between L'Arche and the United Church alongside evolving disability theories, Whitney-Brown examines both the fundamental importance of stories and the agency of people with intellectual disabilities. Inversion--a transformative overturning of expectations in social interactions--can be upsetting or exciting, challenging or inspiring, she argues. This book offers a fresh look at how L'Arche and the United Church have worked to break down walls of difference, illuminating how each tenders something unexpected to the other and to the world. At a time when many are seeking new visions for society, the long and complex relationship between Canada's largest Protestant denomination and L'Arche offers both encouragement and a deeper way to approach questions of living in diverse communities."--

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