File 2110 - Handouts for year-long field-based course, 1976-1977

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CA ON00389 F4-7-1-2110


Handouts for year-long field-based course, 1976-1977


  • [between September 1976 - April 1977] (Creation)

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File consists of a bound volume of typed and photocopied handouts for a field-based course called Ministry in Non-Religious Institutions. This is volume II of II, of which handouts 22-45 are included. There are a significant amount of article handouts by Nouwen in this volume, all of which were later published. They are:
-"Spirituality of the Religion Teacher"
-"Compassion: a study inspired by the life and the works of Vincent Van Gogh." This article is dated December 16 - January 3 1975-76 and the location is typed as "Geijsteren Holland".
There is also a series of articles on compassion numbered I - XII. They are: "Compassion with God", "Compassion with Solidarity", "Compassion and the Media", "Compassion and the Community", "Compassion and Displacement", "Compassion and Our Limitations", "Compassion and Social Criticism", "Compassion and Power", "Compassion and Confrontation", "Compassion and the New Mind", "Compassion and Dread" and finally, "Compassion Summary".

The remaining handouts are:
-Lawrence Kohlberg's "A Cognitive-Developmental Approach to Moral Education"
-Kohlberg, Kauffman, Scharf and Hickey's "The just community approach to corrections: a manual" (not listed in table of contents)
-"What are Probation and Parole?" (author unknown)
-excerpts from John Updike's "A Month of Sundays"
-Philip Hart's "Gentle Way as Effective Way"
-excerpts from Sam Keen's "Beginnings without end", Terrence Des Pres' "The Survivor", Tom Wicker's "A Time to Die" and R.G. Smith's "Martin Buber".
-Walter Gaffney's "The Seduction of Anger"
-excerpts from Tillich's "Systematic Theology" and Bonhoeffer's "Letters and Papers from Prison"
-Bruno Bettelheim's "Reflections: The Uses of Enchantment"

This volume also includes a schedule of class topics, an example of a probation agreement for the State of Connecticut and a news clipping on "Qualities sought in clerics".

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The series of handouts on Compassion were also used by Nouwen for his course The Life and Works of Thomas Merton (see file 2107). These meditations on compassion are most likely the early developments of what would become the book "Compassion: a reflection on the Christian Life" which Nouwen co-wrote with Donald P. McNeill and Douglas A. Morrison, which was serialised in Sojourners, (September 1977 to April 1978) and published in book-form in 1982. See Published works series, box 300, item 1836.
A copy of "Spirituality of the Religion Teacher" was later published in Union Seminary Quarterly Review 32, no. 1 (fall 1976): 17-24. See Published works, box 294, item 1590.
A copy of "Compassion: a study inspired by the life and works of Vincent Van Gogh" can be found in the Manuscripts series, box 37, file 157.
An article titled "Compassion : solidarity, consolation and comfort" was later published in America 134, no. 10 (March 13, 1976): 195-200. See Published works series, box 294, item 1580.
An article titled "Compassion in the art of Vincent van Gogh" was also published in The Catholic Worker 42, no. 4 (May 1976): 3-4, 12. See Published works series, box 294, item 1583.

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