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Handouts for spring 1976 lecture course

  • CA ON00389 F4-7-1-2108
  • File
  • [between June 1975 and April 1976]
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of a bound volume of typed and photocopied handouts, including a course syllabus, class list and typed handouts by Nouwen about compassion, namely "Compassion with God", "Compassion and Solidarity", "Compassion and the Media", "Compassion and Displacement", "Compassion and our Limitations", "Compassion and Social Criticism", "Compassion and the New Mind", and "Compassion and Dread". The handouts also include two Merton bibliographies, two lists of monastic communities, and a class list of final paper proposals. Other articles included in this volume are:
-prefaces to the Japanese edition of Merton's "Seven Story Mountain" and "Thoughts in Solitude"
-prayer and excerpts from a letter by Merton titled "On Contemplation"
-short articles from Time (June 29, 1974 and November 18, 1974) titled "Pastor of the Poor" and "Torture, Brazilian Style"
-David Steindl-Rast's Curriculum Vitae, "Reflections of Thomas Merton's Last Days in the West" and "A Deep Bow"
-excerpts from the work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
-and, a short manual by Thich Nhat Hanh titled "The Miracle of Being Awake".

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

  • CA ON00389 F4-7-1-2110
  • File
  • [between September 1976 - April 1977]
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

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".

Handouts for spring 1977 lecture course

File consists of a bound volume of typed and photocopied handouts, including a syllabus and class list. The bound volume contains a table of contents listing 42 handouts. Most of the handouts are numbered in the upper right hand corner, i.e. "H4", "H24". These handouts include a discussion group list, monastic directories, bibliographies, description of Mercy Centre, and a list of final paper topics. The handouts include a number of typed articles by Nouwen. They are:
-"Case Recording in Pastoral Education"
-"The Minister as Healing Reminder"
-"The Minister as Sustaining Reminder"
-"The Minister as a Guiding Reminder"
-"Ronald" (a case study from the Menninger Clinic)
-"Spirituality and the Family"
-"Marriage as Ministry"
-"Hearing the Call" (unpublished)
-"Silence"

The remaining handouts include:
-a prayer by Thomas Merton.
-Nils A. Dahl's "Anamnesis: Memory and Commemoration in Early Christianity".
-excerpt from Chaim Potok's "My Name is Asher Lev".
-excerpts and poem from Bonhoeffer's "Cost of Discipleship".
-selections from Bonhoeffer on community.
-excerpt from Sir Frederick Treves' "The Elephant Man".
-Chapter Six of Louis Dupres "Transcendent Selfhood": "Alienation and Redemption of the Self in Time and Memory."
-Chapter 1 from James Hillman's "Insearch": "Human Encounters and the Inner Connection".
-Jim Antal's "Reflections on Harry Booth and Bonhoeffer".

  • excerpts from Igumen Chriton of Valamo's "The Art of Prayer".
  • two stories: "When Day Begins" from the Passionists of Union City, New Jersey and "A Tale" from "The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha".
    -a short manual by Thich Nhat Hanh titled "The Miracle of Being Awake".
    -a sixteenth century poem from a Norman crucifix.
    -Kalistos Ware's "The Power of the Name: The Function of the Jesus Prayer".
    -Jan and Bod Aldridge's "Therefore chose life".
    -an article from Sojourners titled "Crucible of Community".
    -Parker Palmer's "Escape and Estrangement".
    -excerpts on Jiddu Krishnamurti.
    -David Steindl-Rast's "A Deep Bow"

Reading notes for the summer of 1977

File consists of a bound volume of handwritten reading notes by Nouwen created during the summer months of 1977, many of which were written during Nouwen's Pendle Hill retreat from June 26 to July 1. Many of the reading notes are dated, and cover works by Max Frisch, William A. Barry SJ, John Howard Yoder, R.P. Martin, Parker Palmer, Thomas Hora, Kai Erikson, Margaret Lewis Furse, Gerard Dekker, Jacques Ellul, Saint Seaphim of Sarov, Gene K. Hoffman, Kenneth Wooden, Gerard Egan and Michael Cowan, Basil Pennington, Archimandrite Sophrony, Kalistos Ware, Saint Alban and St. Sergius. There are four pages of reading notes that are written on the back of a letter from Parker Palmer to Nouwen outlining the schedule of the Pendle Hill retreat. There is also a heavily annotated draft of a course syllabus for the fall 1977 lecture course Compassion. There are also eight handwritten pages of sermon notes for the Mercy Center for the dates June 6, to June 20.

Lecture notes and handouts for fall 1977 seminar

File consists of a bound volume of handwritten and typed lecture notes by Nouwen as well as typed and photocopied articles and handouts, including a syllabus and class list. Many of these lecture notes are dated. Bound volume contains two typed class presentations by two students in the seminar, as well as a list of final paper topics for the seminar and a published article by Nouwen, "Compassion: Solidarity, Consolation and Comfort" which appeared in an issue of America (13 March, 1976:195-200). There is also an eight page typed article by Melanie Morrison titled "Beyond a Problem Solving Approach to Ministry".

Lecture notes for fall 1977 lecture course

File consists of a bound volume of typed and handwritten lecture notes, including a syllabus. Many of the typed and handwritten lecture notes by Nouwen are heavily annotated. There are also a number of handwritten reading notes by Nouwen and several "summary statements" by Gregory Youngchild reporting to Nouwen the general character of the students' reflection papers. There are two letters bound into this volume both relating to the course.

Reading notes on Vincent van Gogh: Paris - Auvers

File consists of a bound volume of handwritten reading notes by Nouwen on Vincent van Gogh. This is volume II of IV. Nouwen has designated this volume as "Paris- Auvers". These handwritten reading notes consist of detailed biographical notes of van Gogh's artistic and spiritual experiences of the years 1886-1889. Nouwen appears to have organised references in van Gogh's correspondence under subject headings such as "God", "Moods", "Painting", "Solidarity", etc.

Reading notes on Vincent van Gogh : Vincent's Religious Development

File consists of a bound volume of handwritten reading notes by Nouwen on Vincent van Gogh. This is volume III of IV. Nouwen has designated this volume as "Vincent's Religious Development". These handwritten reading notes consist of detailed biographical notes of van Gogh's artistic and spiritual experiences from August 1872 to April 1881. Nouwen appears to have organised references in van Gogh's correspondence under headings such as "Passion", "Vocation", "Depression", "Father/Mother", etc.

Handouts for spring 1980 lecture course

File consists of a bound volume of typed and photocopied handouts (including a syllabus and class list) for the lecture course. The table of contents listing 36 items, and records the date that the items were distributed to the class. In addition to a directory of local monasteries and contemplative centers, a bibliography on western mysticism, a statement from the Community Life Committee concerning inclusive language, a list of final paper topics and a list of students owing Nouwen money or assignments, there are a number of typed and photocopied articles by Nouwen. They are:
-"The Monk and the Cripple: Toward a Spirituality of Ministry" (later published in America (March 15, 1980: 205-210) and presented at Growing Together: A Conference on Shared Ministry. Washington, D.C.: Boystown Center, Catholic University, 1-3 February 1980.
-photocopy of "Solitude and Community" published in Worship (Jan. 1978: 13-23).
-photocopy of "Spirituality and the Family"published in the Church Educator Supplement (June 1977).
-photocopy of "Compassion: Solidarity, Consolation and Comfort" published in America (13 March 1977).
-photocopy of "Unceasing Prayer"from America (5 August, 1978).
-copy of "Compassion: The Core of Spiritual Leadership" from Occasional Papers: Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research (No. 2 March 1977).
The remaining articles are:
-biblical references of compassion compiled by John Mogabgab.
-John Mogabgab's "Self-Sacrifice and Community" (marked 'for private use only').
-Parker Palmer's "A Place called Community" from The Christian Century March 1977.
-Melanie Morrison's "Sumter County, Georgia: Floyd and Harriet Brown" from Sojourners, (July 1978).
-excerpt from Karl Barth's "Church Dogmatics".
-excerpt from Sir Frederick Treves' "The Elephant Man".
-excerpt from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "On Community".
-excerpt from Gustavo Gutierrez's "A Theology of Liberation".

  • Matthew Monahan's "Father Ritter's Sanctuary for the Lost Children".
    -4 letters form Fr. Bruce Ritter of Covenant House.
    -Michael Christensen's "Urban Ministry at the Lamb's: 'To the Least of these my Brethren'".
    -Janet and Bob Aldrige's "Therefore Choose Life" from Sojourners (February 1977).
    -a tale from "The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha".
    -Cabeza de Vaca's "The Power Within Us".
    -statement by Dr. Jorge Lara-Braud regarding military aid to El Salvador, March 25, 1980.
    -Dr. Jorge Lara-Braud's "Funeral for an assassinated archbishop".
    -letter from "The Catholic Worker" vol. XLIII, no. 7 (September 1977).

Listening and Speaking handout for 1984 lecture course

File consists of two photocopied typed pages of summary lecture notes. The lectures are titled "Listening: Being attentive to the active presence of God in our lives" and "Speaking: words born out of silence and returning to silence, bearing fruit in our individual and communal lives". These handouts are labelled 'I' and 'II'.

Small discussion groups administrative file for 1985 lecture course

File consists of administrative documents relating to the organization of small discussion groups for the lecture course. The file includes the original sign-up sheets for students to organize themselves into small groups of 6 to 8 people. There is also a copy of a final list of groups that was distributed to students as a handout. The file also contains a handwritten rough draft for a letter to be sent out to students who had failed to submit their mid-term self-evaluations. The draft is written on Harvard Divinity School letterhead but it is not in Nouwen's hand.

Handout on The Word for 1985 lecture course

File consists of a single page of photocopied typed summary lecture notes. The title of the lecture is "The Word". The handout is dated Tuesday, February 5, 1985 and labelled "Handout #4".

Making all things new: an invitation to the spiritual life

Item consists of a book which Nouwen wrote about the spiritual life. The book has been divided into the following: Acknowledgments; Introduction; I. "All These Other Things"; II. "His Kingdom First"; III. "Set Your Hearts"; Conclusion.
As is stated on the front flap: . . . ."If . . .we are willing to live a life of prayer and practice the disciplines of solitude and community, a new hunger will make itself known. This new hunger is the first sign of God's presence. When we remain attentive to this divine presence, we will be led always deeper into the kingdom. There, to our joyful surprise, we will discover that the power of our worries is weakening and all things are being made new."

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."

A letter of consolation

Item consists of a book which Nouwen wrote as a letter of consolation to his father six months after the death of Henri's mother.

Behold the beauty of the Lord: praying with icons

Item consists of a book which Nouwen wrote about four Russian icons, which first came to his attention when he visited L'Arche in Trosly, France in the fall of 1983. The book has been divided into the following: Introduction; I. The Icon of the Holy Trinity: Living in the House of Love, Introduction, A Gentle Invitation, Where Heart Speaks to Heart, The Circle, The Cross and Liberation, Conclusion; II. The Icon of the Virgin of Vladimir: Belonging to God, Introduction, The Eyes of the Virgin, The Hands of the Virgin, The Child of the Virgin, Conclusion; III. The Icon of the Savior of Zvenigorod: Seeing Christ, Introduction, Seeing a Damaged Image, Seeing a Tender Human Face, Seeing Eyes Which Penetrate both the Heart of God and Every Human Heart, Conclusion; IV. The Icon of the Descent of the Holy Spirit: Liberating the World, Introduction, The God-within, The Community of Faith, The Liberation of the World, Conclusion; Conclusion; References.
As is stated in the introduction: "Like the painting by Chagall, [which his parents bought when they were first married and to which Nouwen has connected his mother's beauty, the icons] . . . have imprinted themselves so deeply upon my inner life that they appear every time I need comfort and consolation."

Brieven aan Marc: over Jezus en de zin van het leven

Item consists of a book of seven letters; the translated title is: Letters to Marc About Jesus. Nouwen wrote this book in response to a publisher friend named Herman Pijfers, and his suggestion that Nouwen write a book in Dutch. As well, the book was written in collaboration with Marc van Campen, Nouwen's nephew, who agreed to share a 'book of letters' about the spiritual life. The book has been divided into the following: Preface; Letter 1. Jesus: the Heart of Our Existence; Letter 2. Jesus: the God Who Sets Us Free; Letter 3. Jesus: the Compassionate God; Letter 4. Jesus: the Descending God; Letter 5. Jesus: the Loving God; Letter 6. Jesus: the Hidden God; Letter 7. Listening to Jesus; Index of Biblical Quotations.

The road to Daybreak: a spiritual journey

Item consists of a book representing Nouwen's day-by-day account of his first year at L'Arche in Trosly, France from August 13, 1985 to July 8, 1986. The book has been divided into the following: Prologue; 1. Parents and Children; 2. Following Jesus; 3. Darkness and Light; 4. First Glimpses of a New Vocation; 5. The Primacy of the Heart; 6. Feeling the Pain; 7. Forgiving the Hurt; 8. Jesus in the Center; 9. The Important and the Urgent; 10. Poverty and Wealth; 11. A Clear Call; 12. Going Home; 13. The Struggle of Prayer; 14. Deep Roots; 15. Choosing Life; 16. The Descending Way; 17. Passion, Death, and Resurrection; 18. Larger Connections; 19. The Gift of Friendship; 20. One Among Many; 21. A Hard but Blessed Vocation; 22. Contrasts and Choices; 23. Endings and Beginnings; Epilogue.
As is stated on the back cover: "The noncompetitive life with mentally handicapped people, their gifts of welcoming me regardless of name or prestige, and the persistent invitation to 'waste some time' with them opened in me a place that until then had remained unavailable to me, a place where I could hear the gentle invitation of Jesus to dwell with Him."

Henri Nouwen

Item consists of a book containing selections from Nouwen's best published work.

Zeige mir den weg: texte fur alle tage von aschermittwoch bis ostern

Item consists of a book written by Nouwen containing excerpts from his previously published writings. The translated title is: Show Me the Way : Readings for Each Day of Lent. The 40-day Lenten path includes readings for Ash Wednesday, the four weeks of Lent, Passion Week, Holy Week, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.

Our greatest gift: a meditation on dying and caring

Item consists of a book written by Nouwen about death. The book has been divided into the following: Acknowledgments; Prologue: Befriending Death; Introduction: Grace Hidden in Powerlessness; Part One: Dying Well, Chapter One: We are Children of God, Chapter Two: We are Brothers and Sisters of Each Other, Chapter Three: We are Parents of Generations to Come; Part Two: Caring Well, Chapter Four: You are a Child of God, Chapter Five: You are Brothers and Sisters of Each Other, Chapter Six: You are Parents of Generations to Come; Conclusion: The Grace of the Resurrection; Epilogue: Death: A Loss and a Gift.
As is stated on the flaps: ". . . .When we contemplate with compassion the suffering and pain both around the world and close to home, we receive a gift: a reminder of the 'great human sameness' of 'all of us [who] will die and participate in the same end.'. . . And although the contours of an afterlife are unknowable, when we face death with hope we make the choice of faith. . . ."

With burning hearts: a meditation on the eucharistic life

Item consists of a book written by Nouwen in Chobham, England and Sacramento, California and is about the Eucharist and the Eucharistic life. The book has been divided into the following: Acknowledgments; Introduction; The Road to Emmaus; I. Mourning Our Losses "Lord, Have Mercy"; II. Discerning the Presence "This Is the Word of God"; III. Inviting the Stranger "I Believe"; IV. Entering into Communion "Take and Eat"; V. Going on a Mission "Go and Tell"; Conclusion.
As is stated on the front flap: ". . . . With Burning Hearts seeks a fuller understanding of Eucharist through the story of the disciples on their way to Emmaus from Jerusalem after the crucifixion (Luke 24: 13-35)."

The path of power

Item consists of a book written by Nouwen about "power that oppresses and destroys, . . .power that is disarmed through powerlessness, . . .[and] the true power that liberates, reconciles, and heals" (p. 8).

The path of peace

Item consists of a book written by Nouwen about peace, specifically Adam's peace.

Aging

Item consists of a book which Nouwen co-wrote with Gaffney on aging. The book has been divided into the following: Prologue: The Wagon Wheel; Part One: Aging, Introduction, Aging As a Way to the Darkness, Aging As a Way to the Light, Conclusion; Part Two: Caring, Introduction, Caring As a Way to the Self, Caring As a Way to the Other, Conclusion; Epilogue: The Wagon Wheel; Notes.
As is stated on the back jacket flap: "Only when we begin to feel in touch with our own life cycles will we be able to develop life styles where 'being' is not identified with 'having,' where self-esteem is not measured by success, where goodness is not the same as popularity. Aging show us all how to start fulfilling our lives by giving to others 'so that when we leave this world, we can be what we have given.'"

Love in the open hand

Item consists of a book of quotes in which Nouwen has contributed five excerpts from With Open Hands and Reaching Out : The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life regarding reaching out, pain, noise, compassion, prayer, and healing.

Spiritual direction: an invitation to abundant life

Item consists of a book written by Francis W. Vanderwall for which Nouwen has written the foreword and expressed his praise for it being "gutsy." He states, in part, that "[in] the midst of our violent, harsh and often merciless world this gentle, compassionate, non-judgmental and caring book is a true treasure."

Gratefulness, the heart of prayer: an approach to life in fullnes

Item consists of a book in which Nouwen has written the foreword, stating in part that the book "throws a ray of light in our dark world and makes us see that we can live here and now as people who can be constantly surprised and who can let an 'inch of surprise become a mile of gratefulness.'"

Living with apocalypse: spiritual resources for social compassion

Item consists of a book in which Nouwen is interviewed in the chapter beginning on p. 15 titled: "A Conversation with Henri J.M. Nouwen" in which he talks about many subjects including living with the poor in Peru, divine gifts, protest, peacemakers, the mystical life, identity, and suffering.

Modern spirituality: an anthology

Item consists of a book in which Nouwen, Donald P. McNeill, and Douglas A. Morrison have written Chapter 12, beginning on p. 106, titled: "Action" which is a selection from their book Compassion.

Roots and wings: Dreamers and doers of the Christian family movement

Item consists of a book in which Nouwen has written the foreword, stating in part: "It is a great joy for me to recommend this book to the reader because in it I see a strong affirmation that claiming God's gifts, trusting in the power of love and acting in faith are the ways to live a fruitful life in the midst of a power hungry world."

Van Gogh and God: a creative spiritual quest

Item consists of a book in which Nouwen has written the foreword, stating in part: "I am deeply grateful that Van Gogh and God has been written and I am convinced that those who read it will find in Vincent a lasting spiritual companion."

Praying for peace

Item consists of a book in which Nouwen has contributed, on p. 49-50, a prayer titled: "The Bitter Cup."

Discipleship

Item consists of a book in which Nouwen has written the foreword, stating in part: "It is a prophetic book in a time in which few people dare to speak unpopular but truly healing words. What makes Arnold's words so healing is that they are not based on an idea, an ideology or a theory, but on an intimate knowledge of Jesus Christ."

Mijn laatste biecht

Item consists of a book written by Nouwen's father, which includes an excerpt from Henri's book: Met de dood voor ogen = Our Greatest Gift.

Life and holiness

Item consists of a book in which Nouwen has written the introduction. Nouwen states in part: "'What book do I give to someone who wants to know what being-a-Christian looks like?' This is definitely the book. It is not a book about doctrines or dogmas but about the life in Christ."

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