- [between June - December 1975] (Creation)
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File consists of a bound volume of typed handouts, including a course syllabus. Most of the handouts are numbered in the upper right hand corner, i.e. "H4", "H24". There is a table of contents at the beginning of the bound volume listing 27 handouts. There is a directory of local contemplative centres. There are also a number of typescripts by Nouwen. They are:
-"Case Recording in Pastoral Education"
- "Marriage as Ministry"
-"Education to the Ministry"
-"Spirituality and the Family"
-"From Illusion to Prayer"
The remaining articles include:
-Cornelus Verhoeven's "A Philosophy of Consolation"
-excerpt of Chaim Potak's "My Name is Asher Lev"
-excerpts from Oscar Wilde's "De Profundis"
-George Konrad's "The Case Worker"
-William Johnston's "Meditation and Intimacy" from Silent Music
-David Steindl-Rast's "A Deep Bow"
-Nils Dahl's "Anamnesis: Memory and Commemoration in Early Christianity"
-Walter Wink's "On Wrestling with God"
-Steindl-Rast's "Recollections of Thomas Merton's Last Days in the West"
-Wil Velduis' "Developments in Christology"
-A.A.A. Terruwe's "On Affirmation"
-William E. Hulme's "Dialogue on Despair (Job)"
-questions on Hiltner's "The Counselor on Counseling"
-Kallistos Ware's "The Jesus Prayer"
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Between Handout 14 and Handout 15, a large segment of paper has been cut out.
Ministry and Spirituality was a lecture course offered by Nouwen during the fall semester of 1975. The class was held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Ministry and Spirituality focused on the relationship between the practices of the ministry and the lifestyle of the minister, using the themes of solitude, intimacy and prayer. Nouwen also uses the figure of the clown in this course. These lectures included guest speakers and also specific case studies. The course required students to write several reflection papers on their experiences and reading, as well as a final paper. Students were expected to participate in additional weekly meetings of small discussion groups of eight or less. Students were also given the opportunity to visit local ministries and religious communities