File 2141 - Handouts for Desert Spirituality and Contemporary Ministry, Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Life and Spiritual Direction courses

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CA ON00389 1-7-1-2141

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Handouts for Desert Spirituality and Contemporary Ministry, Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Life and Spiritual Direction courses

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  • May - August 1981 (Creation)

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3.0 cm of textual records

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(1932-1996)

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File consists of a bound volume of typed and photocopied handouts from three courses offered by Nouwen during the fall semester of 1980 and the spring semester of 1981, namely Desert Spirituality and Contemporary Ministry, Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Life and Spiritual Direction. This bound volume includes class lists and syllabi from all three courses. The bound volume was prepared and edited by Nouwen, Joseph Nunez and Michael Zeman according to the title page.
Material relevant to the course Desert Spirituality and Contemporary Ministry includes:

  • a course syllabus,
  • a class list
  • a list of final paper topics.

The bound volume also includes copies of bibliographies on the spiritual life, Western mysticism, hesychasm, Russian spirituality, Eastern spirituality that were bound in a separate volume. There is also the directory of local monasteries and contemplative centers supplied by Nouwen in many of his classes.
Following these handouts specific to the three courses, there are a number of handouts. Works by Nouwen include:

  • photocopied excerpts from "The Genesee Diary".
  • "Solitude and Community" ( From "Clowning in Rome").
  • 10 page typescript of "Spiritual Direction" (later published in issue of 'Reflections',vol. 78, no. 2 (January 1981)
  • copy of "Spirituality and the Family" (published in Church Educator Supplement June 1977)
  • photocopy of "Unceasing Prayer" (from 'America' (August 5, 1978))
  • photocopy of "Celibacy", (published in Pastoral Psychology vol 27: 2 (1978))

The remaining articles include:

  • David Steindl-Rast's "Recollections of Thomas Merton's Last Days in the West" and "A Deep Bow" (2 copies)
  • excerpts from Igumen Chariton of Valamo's "The Art of Prayer"
  • Thomas Merton's prayer, and excerpts from "Thoughts in Solitude"
  • Kallistos Ware's "The Spiritual Father in Orthodox Christianity", "Silence in Prayer: the meaning of Hesychia", "The Power of the Name: The Function of the Jesus Prayer"
  • George Maloney's "Eastern Christian Hesychasm and Integration"
  • Parker Palmer's "Escape and Engagement"
  • Basil, Abbot of Stavronikita's "Dying and Behold We Live"
  • M. Basil Pennington's "Centering Prayer - Prayer of Quiet"
  • "Life of Saint Anthony" by Louis Bouyer
  • Irenee Hausherr's "The Great Currents of Eastern Spirituality"
  • "Anthony the Great" (unknown author)
  • poem by P. Theilhard de Chardin
  • excerpts from "Rilke on Love and other Difficulties"
  • Jim Douglas' "Resistance and Contemplation"
  • Adolfo Perez Esquivel's "Liberation of the Spirit"
  • Robert Ellsberg's "Resistance Implies Faithfulness to The True God: Father Carl Kabat faces a possible sixty-four year prison sentence for damaging nuclear warheads"
  • photocopied correspondence between Jim Douglas and Jim Forest
  • D. Winkler's "The Jesus Prayer as Interior Path"
  • Prayer service with sheet music for Easter.

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For an early version of "Solitude and Community" see Published works series - Articles by Nouwen, box 295, item 1608 and item 1611.
For a copy of "Spiritual Direction" see Published works series - Articles by Nouwen, box 306, item 2093, box 295, item 1634.
For a copy of "Spirituality and the Family" see Published works series - Articles by Nouwen, box 294, item 1599.
For a copy of "Unceasing Prayer" see Published Works series - Articles by Nouwen, box 295, item 1617.
For a copy of "Celibacy" see Published Works series - Articles by Nouwen, box 295, item 1614a.

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Title based on contents of the file.
The date of this bound volume is based on the estimated date of binding the collected material of the three courses.

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2000 01

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Box 277

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14-51

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