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Living Gently in a Violent World

The Prophetic Witness of Weakness

Resources for Reconciliation

By Stanley Hauerwas and Jean 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 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.

The authors' explorations shed light on what it means to be human and how we are to live. The robust voice of Hauerwas and the gentle words 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 everyday Christians who desire to live faithfully in a world that is violent and broken.

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For more information, visit Duke Divinity School's Center for Reconciliation.

Also check out the Duke Summer Institute, a program that creates a community of Christian worship, learning, friendship, and reflection, drawing on the vibrant spiritual and intellectual resources of Duke Divinity School. Here you will expand your theological imagination, wrestle with practical problems, and be equipped to continue a journey of faithfulness within a wider community.

To learn more about Jean Vanier's work with the disabled community, visit L'Arche.

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