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Travel - 1994

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's 1994 travel expenses. Includes invoices and receipts with notes arranged by month.

Travel - 1993

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's 1993 travel expenses. Includes invoices, plane tickets and travel itineraries arranged by month.

Travel - 1992

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's 1992 travel expenses. Includes invoices and statements arranged by month.

Travel - 1991

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's 1991 travel expenses. Includes invoices and receipts arranged by month.

Travel - 1987

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's 1987 travel expenses. Includes receipts with notes and invoices, tickets, and travel itineraries arranged by month.

Travel - 1990

File consists of material regarding Nouwen's 1990 travel expenses. Includes invoices, plane tickets, and travel itineraries arranged by month.

Transfer of accounting from US to Canada

File consists of material regarding the transfer of Nouwen's accounting from Joe Sarno in the Unites States to Canada. Includes correspondence between Margaret Sutton, Joe Sarno, Nouwen, and Chris Wilson regarding setting up Nouwen's accounting in Canada. Also includes lists of Nouwen's and L'Arche Daybreak's expenses.

Transcript of The power of love and the power of fear

File consists of a typed transcript of "The Power of Love and the Power of Fear", a talk Nouwen gave at the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Breakfast, 197th General Assembly, Presbyterian Church (Indianapolis, IN). Nouwen spoke on prayer, resistance and community. These are themes he explored in his unpublished manuscript, "A Spirituality of Peacemaking". This transcript was likely taken by someone in the audience, and sent to Nouwen.

Transcript of Spirituality of Fund Raising

File consists of handwritten notes by Nouwen and a typed transcript of "Spirituality of Fund Raising", a talk given by Nouwen to the Marguerite Bourgeoys Family Service Foundation on September 16, 1992. It is not known when this transcript was prepared.

Transcript of An evening with Henri Nouwen

File consists of a typed transcript of "An Evening with Henri Nouwen: From Resentment to Gratitude", a talk given at Grant McEwan Community College (Edmonton, AB), on March 12, 1994. The talk was sponsored by the Edmonton L'Arche Association.

Transcript of An evening with Henri Nouwen

File consists of a typed transcript of "An Evening with Henri Nouwen", a talk given at St. James' Church (New York, NY), on November 11, 1993. The transcript was prepared by an unknown person in attendance during the talk. Nouwen spoke about the spiritual life, how to be guided by the Spirit, and the disciplines of the spiritual life: solitude, prayer, community, and care.

Training Day for March for Jesus - February 27, 1993

File consists of correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen's speaking at a volunteer training day for the March for Jesus, Durham at Community Pentecostal Church, Oshawa, Ontario. Includes booklets, pamphlets, a newsletter and information sheets on March for Jesus.

Toronto Conference of United Church of Canada - May 29-31, 1987

File consists of correspondence and other material from Rev. Kenneth R. Gallinger, regarding Nouwen's and other members of Daybreak's participation in the Toronto Conference of the United Church of Canada, in Orillia May 29-32, 1987. Includes a program and Nouwen's handwritten notes outlining the theme, and notes from planning committee meetings. The three themes of Daybreak's presentations were The Covenant Journey, The Covenant Community, and The Covenant Network. Also includes a letter from Nouwen to Gallinger confirming plans.

Tony Wolfe Interview - November 20-23, 1986

File consists of a letter and other material, from Tony Wolfe, regarding an interview with Nouwen by Wolfe at the Daybreak Community for a book entitled "Testing the Spirits: Religious Protest and Reflection in the Campaign for a Nuclear Test Ban." Includes a copy of the preface for the book edited by Tony Wolfe and a list of contributors to the project.

To teach: reveal, affirm

This item is a half-page article by Henri Nouwen entitled , ‘To Teach: Reveal, Affirm’, published in the National Catholic Reporter, c. October 18, 1974. In this article Nouwen looks at teaching as an activity of hospitality and outlines two important tasks: 1) Revealing and 2) Affirmation. The teacher’s task is to ‘reveal to students that they have something to offer…to help them see not that they still have a lot to learn, but that their own life experiences, their own insights and convictions, their own intuitions and formulations are worth serious attention’. Nouwen goes on to speak of affirmation, ‘what is revealed as good, worthwhile, as a new contribution, needs affirmation’. Nouwen states that it especially in religious education that revelation and affirmation are of great importance. He suggests that students find it difficult to care for religious instruction when their own experiences are not touched. ‘Why should we speak about the way to someone who does not realize there are many roads? How can people desire the truth when they don’t even know they have any questions?’

To meet the body is to meet the word: living the incarnation at L'Arche

This item is a 5 page article by Henri Nouwen entitled, ‘To Meet the Body is to meet the Word’ published in the New Oxford Review, Vol. LIV, No. 3, April 1987, pp. 3 – 7. This is an excerpt from Nouwen’s diaries written during his year at L’Arche Trosley Breuil, France. The entries begin March 15, 1986 and end April 7, 1986 with gaps. In his first entry Nouwen is reflecting on the gospel of the day; the story of Nicodemus and his struggle to both do the right thing and be respected by his peers. Nouwen writes of that same struggle in his own life. In the second entry Nouwen reflects on Jean Vanier’s statement that L’Arche is built upon the body not the word. Nouwen then discusses his resistance to that but concludes with the question, ‘I wonder when and how I will learn fully to live the incarnation.’ In the third and fourth entries Nouwen reflects upon the covenant retreat that he has experienced. Following these is an entry talking about Jesus’ wounds in his resurrected body and Nouwen writes, ‘ Thus I proclaim that my wounds are not causes for embarrassment, but the source of a joyful acknowledgement of my unique vocation to journey with Jesus through suffering to the glory of God’. The next entry, probably written for Easter Sunday 1986 reflects on our need to be able to speak of the risen Lord. The final entry is about the arrival of his friend Charles Bush.

Tidings of great joy: every day is a holy-day

This item is a 3 page article by Henri Nouwen entitled: ‘Tidings of Great Joy: Every Day is a Holy-Day’ published in 'News from Celebration', December 1990, pp. 1,3,4. This article is identified as being adapted from Nouwen’s book, ‘Lifesigns’. Nouwen opens with words about the evolution of the celebration of Christmas from experiencing the ‘deep, lasting joy of Emmanuel, God-with-us’ to ‘the shallow happiness of busy people’. Nouwen writes of the deep joy that Jesus offers as a divine gift: ‘the joy of Jesus lifts up life to be celebrated fully’. Nouwen identifies joy and celebration as a way in which faith in the God of life is lived. Nouwen suggests that joy is deep and can be present even amidst very hard times. Finally, Nouwen, after speaking about his life in L’Arche, says that ‘community is the place where God completes our lives with his joy’.

Three words to guide us

Item consists of a newspaper article called "Three words to guide us" by Archbishop John Bothwell. The article is about vulnerability, gratitude and care.

Three meditations

Item consists of a typescript of "Out of Solitude". Includes the Preface, Chapter 1: 'Out of Solitude', Chapter 2: 'With Care', Chapter 3: 'In Expectation', and the Conclusion. These meditations were given as sermons at Battell Chapel, Yale University.

Thoughts from Henri Nouwen

This item consists of 7 pages of printed notes from a talk given by Henri Nouwen in Washington, D.C. in the Spring of 1983 to an unidentified meeting of Religious Sisters. The first section is entitled: ‘Intimacy: the Discipline of Prayer’. The section begins with questions: Where have you made your home? Where do you belong? Where do you have your address so you can be addressed? Nouwen links these questions with Jesus’ announcement that he will live in us. Nouwen discusses the need we all have to be liked, to be respected, to be successful. ‘The more compliments we get, the more we seem to need.’ Nouwen describes humanity’s struggles with this through all time, the violence and greed associated with this and then reminds us that the Good News of the Gospel can break the network. ‘To do this takes a discipline of prayer because in the WORD intimacy is nurtured and developed’. In the second section entitled: Fecundity: Discipline of Community Nouwen reminds us that we are called to be fruitful and to help others to be so as well. Nouwen sees that this discipline develops in community where we recognize God in our neighbor. The third section is entitled: Ecstasy: Discipline of Healing. Nouwen identifies ecstasy as a ‘life of joy’ and states that we have to move out of the static place. We are to move out of the place of safety and security ‘and to move to the openness of life’.

Thomas Merton: A remembrance

Item consists of a copy of a newspaper article called "Thomas Merton: A remembrance" by Ron Seitz. The article is about Thomas Merton, written fifteen years after his death in 1968.

Thomas Merton lives!

Item consists of an article about Merton. Nouwen is one of several people interviewed. Includes a photograph of Nouwen.

Thomas Merton celebration

Item consists of multiple manuscripts and typescripts of "Thomas Merton Celebration", a talk given by Nouwen at St. Paul's Church, Columbia University, for the 10th Anniversary of Merton's death on December 10, 1978. Nouwen comments on Merton's idea that there are two illusions that deceive us: that we can know ourselves, and that we can know God. Instead, Nouwen argues that we are called to be seers, contemplatives. As the illusions are unmasked, we are free and open to see the newness and surprise of God and then we are willing to help hasten the coming of the day of the Lord. To do so we need to practice repentance and gratitude.

Thomas Merton Award

File consists of one program for the 70th birthday celebration for Thomas Merton, including the announcement of Henri Nouwen’s receipt of the Thomas Merton Award.

This is my Son, the Beloved, listen to Him

Item consists of a typescript of "This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to Him", a sermon given by Nouwen about God as Father, Jesus as Son, and people as Beloved sons and daughters, on November 14, 1979.

Thirteenth Annual Connecticut Ecumenical Forum pamphlet

Item consists of one pamphlet for the Thirteenth Annual Connecticut Ecumenical Forum (West Hartford, CT) in which Nouwen was the John F. Whealon Memorial Lecturer, presenting two lectures on "Power, Powerlessness and Power: L'Arche Community" and "Three Disciplines of Spiritual Life: Solitude, Community and Ministry."

There's a lot of pain

This item is a two page article by Henri Nouwen entitled 'There's a lot of pain...' published in Alive Now! Novemeber-December, 1991, p. 44-45. It is the first article by Nouwen featured in this publication. The theme of this issue is ‘Loneliness’ and this article is identified as an excerpt taken from a lecture Nouwen presented at the Scarritt-Bennett Center. The article discusses the pain and brokenness of human relationships and love and heart given and shared by God.

Theology of the word

Item consists of handwritten notes and a partial typescript of "Theology of the Word", a sermon and lecture given by Nouwen. He argues that in a culture where words are overworked, the word of God is full of power and beauty because it is alive, active and fruitful.

Theology diploma from Corpus Studiosorum Nobiomagensium Carolus Magnus

File consists of one theology diploma from Corpus Studiosorum Nobiomagensium Carolus Magnus. This diploma is likely Nouwen's degree from the seminary, which he received after his ordination. The diploma has a raised red wax seal with a ribbon. Diploma is dated November 5, 1957.

Theology degree records

Sub-series consists of materials related to Nouwen’s time pursuing his doctoral (doctoraal) degree in Theology at Nijmegen University. It appears as though Nouwen received the degree conferred upon completion of the doctoral exams although his thesis was not accepted. Note of December 18, 2013: file 319 unequivocally suggests that Nouwen pursued a degree in psychology (or to be precise in the Social Sciences) in early 1971. See also file 329, box 290 which contains a more elaborate outline of the thesis in question.

Theatre and Company - March 14, 1992

File consists of correspondence and other material from Stuart Scardon-Watties, regarding Nouwen's attendance at the play "The Shunning" performed by Theatre and Company in Kitchener, Ontario. Includes Connie Ellis' response that Nouwen would attend on March 14th and bring three members of L'Arche Daybreak. Includes an information sheet on the play and the theatre company.

The wounded healer: ministry in contemporary society

Item consists of a book which Nouwen wrote about being a minister in contemporary society. The book has been divided into the following: Introduction, The Four Open Doors; Chapter I: Ministry in a Dislocated World, The Search of Nuclear Man; Chapter II: Ministry for a Rootless Generation, Looking into the Fugitive's Eyes; Chapter III: Ministry to a Hopeless Man, Waiting for Tomorrow; Chapter IV: Ministry by a Lonely Minister, The Wounded Healer; Conclusion, A Forward Thrust.
As is stated on the front flap: "Noting that modern man is above all a suffering man--he is psychologically wounded by lack of hope, by loneliness, by the predicament of rootlessness--Professor Nouwen explains why the minister of today can only help others deal with these problems if he is willing to go beyond his professional role and leave himself open as a fellow human being with his own wounds and suffering."

The wind is rising: prayer ways for active people handout for 1985 lecture course

  • CA ON00389 F4-7-1-2197
  • File
  • [distributed between February 19 - March 14, 1985]
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of a newspaper titled "The Wind is Rising: Prayer ways for active people". Editors of this newspaper are William R. Callahan, SJ, and Francine Cardman. The publication date is given as 1978. The newspaper has been labelled as #21 and someone has written "please do not hand out - extras at the Carriage house".
A copy of this handout has not been included in the bound volume for this course.

The way of the heart: desert spirituality and contemporary ministry

Item consists of a book which originated as a seminar Nouwen held at Yale Divinity School on the spirituality of the desert and then as Convocation lectures at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas and at the National Convention of Pastoral Counselors in Denver. The book has been divided into the following: Prologue; Solitude; Silence; Prayer; Epilogue; Notes.
As is stated on the back cover of the book: . . . ."Solitude shows us the way to let our behavior be shaped not by the compulsions of the world but by our new mind, the mind of Christ. Silence prevents us from being suffocated by our wordy world and teaches us to speak the Word of God. Finally, unceasing prayer gives solitude and silence their real meaning. . . . The 'way of the heart' leads us not only to a fuller encounter with God but also to a more creative relationship with our fellow human beings."

The way of living faith: a spirituality of liberation

Item consists of a book in which Nouwen has written the foreword, stating in part: "Segundo Galilea has not simply written a book to help Latin American Christians with their spiritual life. He has developed a Christian spirituality that gladly receives the new insight and 'passion' of the people of God learned in their long, hard journey toward freedom."

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