File 2172 - Final draft for student anthology of spiritual writings for 1984 lecture course

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CA ON00389 1-7-1-2172

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Final draft for student anthology of spiritual writings for 1984 lecture course

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  • [between April - June 1984] (Creation)

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1.0 cm of textual records

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(1932-1996)

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File consists of 64 typed, single-sided pages of spiritual writings for the students of Nouwen's lecture course. This document is titled "An Anthology of Spiritual Writings" and was created through contributions by class members and produced by Pat McCallum, a teaching assistant for the course. This document is most likely the final copy that went to the printers as the title page and the introduction contain post-it notes that read "This page single sided". The anthology was most likely distributed to the class near the end of the semester, as the introduction is dated April 1984.

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Introduction to the Spiritual Life (course code 2543), offered during the spring semester of 1984, was the first full course Nouwen taught at Harvard Divinity School. The course was held Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. The Gospel of Luke was the basis for the course. The course was divided up into 5 sections: Waiting in Expectation, Compassion and Hiddenness, Healing and Confrontation, Death and Resurrection, and The Holy Spirit in Worldwide Mission. Each student was required to write a personal spiritual commentary on the Gospel of Luke as well as a spiritual diary that had to be read by at least three other people, one of whom had to be a member of the class. Students were also required to attend small group discussions of six to eight people, and instructed to seek out a 'spiritual friend'. No grades were given for the course. Teaching Assistants included Jeff Coppage, Pat McCallum, Michael O’Laughlin, Jim Smith, and Peter Weiskel.

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2000 02

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Box 279

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