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Zondervan Publishing House

File consists of business correspondence concerning a request by Zondervan Publishing House for Nouwen to write a response to the book, A Child Shall Lead Them: Lessons About Hope From Children with Cancer. Also included in the file is a copy of Nouwen's response to the book. The file also includes a letter a request for comments for Hope Springs From Mended Places by Dr. Diane Komp, however, there is no indication that Nouwen responded.

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.

Zaken die God raken

File consists of twenty-three editions of the Dutch newsletter, "Zaken die God raken" [Matters that concern God]. These editions date from February/March 1990 to April/May 1994. The publication was released six times per year.

You can go home again

This item is a two page article by Henri Nouwen entitled ‘You can go home again’, published in Salt: for Christians who seek social justice’ by the Claretians, Vol. 12, No. 4, April 1992, pp. 29 – 30. This article is identified as excerpts from Nouwen’s forthcoming book The Return of the Prodigal Son. Nouwen begins the article by describing his first encounter with Rembrandt’s painting and his powerful response to it coming as it was at a vulnerable time for Nouwen. Nouwen then goes on to write of the biblical story from which the painting and Nouwen’s writing is coming. Nouwen relates the story of the younger son and Nouwen’s own sense of finding himself in the story. ‘Over and over again I have left home. I have fled the hands of blessing and run off to faraway places searching for love! This is the great tragedy of my life and of the lives of so many I meet on my journey’. Nouwen concludes, ‘ Here the mystery of my life is unveiled. I am loved so much that I am left free to leave home. But the Father is always looking for me with outstretched arms to receive me back…’

York Central Hospital - May 9, 1991

File consists of correspondence with Gordon Schmidt, regarding Nouwen speaking to the Unit Chaplains at York Central Hospital, Richmond Hill, Ontario. Nouwen spoke on his own experience with pastoral care when he was a patient at the Hospital.

York Central Hospital - June 3, 1992

File consists of correspondence and other material regarding Nouwen's address to clergy and medical personnel at York Central Hospital. The theme of the address was "Caring for the Whole Person: the Relationship between Spirituality and Medical Care." Includes outline entitled "Care for the Whole Person," notes in Nouwen's hand entitled "Spirituality of the Caregiver," and a news clipping on the death of Tony Perkins. Also includes a handwritten manuscript in Dutch by Nouwen and a draft history of L'Arche in German, not by Nouwen.

Yonge Street Mission - May 25, 1994

File consists of correspondence regarding Nouwen speaking at the Yonge Street Mission "Staff Day Away." The theme of Nouwen's talk was "Spiritual Formation." The talk took place at St. George the Martyr Anglican Church, Toronto, Ontario.

Yale University benefits

File consists of a booklet entitled "Your Personal Statements of Benefits" from Yale University for Nouwen.

Yale Divinity School - Keynote Address - March 30, 31, 1995

File consists of correspondence, from Margaret Farley, and other material regarding Nouwen's participation as the keynote speaker for a symposium on "Mental Retardation: Ethical, Theological, and Pastoral Issues" at Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut. The symposium was sponsored by the Yale Divinity School in conjunction with the 1995 World Special Olympics. Nouwen's address was entitled "The Witness of Persons with Mental Retardation." Nouwen was accompanied to the event by Joe Vorstermans and Bill Van Buren. Includes list of speakers, schedule, name tag, meal tickets and campus and building maps.

Writings on Ireland

File consists of a spiral-bound notebook with handwritten prose by Henri Nouwen, possibly in part or whole draft of articles on Ireland.

Writing workshop - England, February 1992

File consists of material from a writing workshop in England given by Bart Gavigan in 1992. This material includes a brochure for "An Advanced Screenplay Writing Workshop with Bart Gavigan" by the South Park Community Trust, February 19-22, 1992; a photocopy of notes (not by Nouwen) of the workshop; and Nouwen's handwritten notes.

Writing in England - July 31 - August 30, 1992

File consists of Nouwen's handwritten notes entitled "What is at risk?" regarding possible book on the circus (trapeze). Includes travel itinerary for the month of August, a news clipping in Dutch, and a letter from Morag Reeve, editor, requesting to meet with Nouwen while he is in London, England.

Writing Requests

File consists of requests by correspondents asking to reproduce or use Nouwen's work, or provide endorsements. They have been numbered and include:

  1. James Hoover on behalf of InterVarsity Press (Downers Grove, IL). January 21, 1985, requesting a blurb for a book by Eugene H. Peterson.
  2. W. Dayton Roberts on behalf of World Vision International (Monrovia, CA), regarding publishing excerpts from Nouwen's prologue to Gustavo Gutierrez's "We Drink from our own Wells". November 16, 1984.
  3. Beck Laird, on behalf of Harper & Row Publishers (San Francisco CA) requesting a blurb for Wes Granberg-Michaelson’s “A Worldly Spirituality”. August 14, 1984.
  4. Jacqueline McMakin on behalf of Partners Community (Washington, DC) requesting a blurb for her book "Doorways to Christian Growth" . February 25, 1984.

Woven dove

Item consists of one framed woven piece depicting a dove. The bird is white, with navy blue tipped wings, and is on a light blue background. The back of the frame has handwritten quotes from: Luke 12:24, Isaiah 40:31, Tagore, and Victor Hugo, as well as a note from Tracy Fein, dated January 26, 1984, explaining her thoughts about the bird.

Worship schedule

File consists of a facsimile from Kathy Christie to Bruce Rowat with Nouwen's schedule for Holy Week, faxes between Christie and Rowat regarding Nouwen's schedule, and copies of Nouwen's spring and fall worship schedules for 1993, as well as a letter from Henri Nouwen and the pastoral team regarding Advent 1993 worship.

World thanksgiving file

File consists of a letter from Peter Stewart regarding Nouwen reviewing and commenting upon the attached “Declaration for Thanksgiving”.

Working for peace: saying 'yes' to life and 'no' to death

This item is a 2 page article by Henri Nouwen entitled, ‘Working for Peace’ published in The Lutheran, Vol. 24, No. 5, March 5, 1986, pp. 10- 11. This item is identified as Part III of a 3 part series and taken from the New Oxford Review. Nouwen begins by saying, ‘As peacemakers we must have the courage to see the powers of death at work even in our innermost selves…’. Nouwen writes of his own struggle to accept himself as loved and forgiven by God and the difficulty that creates for him to grow as a peacemaker. Nouwen describes the forces of self-rejection as forces of death. He then states that ‘a loving heart that continues to affirm life at all times and places can say ‘no’ to death without being corrupted by it. Nouwen then goes on to write of the importance of resisting the forces of death in our society in whatever way seems right. Nouwen concludes ‘ Prayer and resistance, the two pillars of Christian peacemaking, are two interlocking ways of giving expression to the peace we have found in the dwelling place of God’.

Working for peace: saying "no" to death requires saying "yes" to life

This item is a 3 page article by Henri Nouwen entitled ‘Working for Peace’ published in The Church Herald of the Reformed Church in America, Vol. XLIII, No. 18, October 18, 1986, pp. 11 – 13. This is identified as the second of two articles on Peacemaking. Nouwen opens the article by stating, ‘ As peacemakers we must have the courage to see the powers of death at work even in our innermost selves…’Nouwen speaks of that within us which does not accept ourselves and that this is ‘one of the greatest enemies of the peacemaker’. Nouwen speaks of the central message of the Gospel which is that we are forgiven and this truth can help us overcome our fear of ourselves and of others. Nouwen writes of the need to resist, resist the forces of death and to affirm life. He speaks of the need for joy even in the face of pain. Nouwen concludes by saying, ‘Prayer cannot be fruitful unless it brings us into a new and creative relationship with people. Resistance cannot be fruitful unless it deepens and strengthens our relationship with God. Prayer and Resistance, the two pillars of Christian peacemaking…’This item is a 3 page article by Henri Nouwen entitled ‘Working for Peace’ published in The Church Herald of the Reformed Church in America, Vol. XLIII, No. 18, October 18, 1986, pp. 11 – 13. This is identified as the second of two articles on Peacemaking. Nouwen opens the article by stating, ‘ As peacemakers we must have the courage to see the powers of death at work even in our innermost selves…’Nouwen speaks of that within us which does not accept ourselves and that this is ‘one of the greatest enemies of the peacemaker’. Nouwen speaks of the central message of the Gospel which is that we are forgiven and this truth can help us overcome our fear of ourselves and of others. Nouwen writes of the need to resist, resist the forces of death and to affirm life. He speaks of the need for joy even in the face of pain. Nouwen concludes by saying, ‘Prayer cannot be fruitful unless it brings us into a new and creative relationship with people. Resistance cannot be fruitful unless it deepens and strengthens our relationship with God. Prayer and Resistance, the two pillars of Christian peacemaking…’

Word Book Publishers

File consists of business correspondence concerning the publication of books, Nouwen's visit to Waco (TX), and the possibility of giving the 1987 Bond Lecture in Waco.

Wooden tabernacle

Item consists of one wooden tabernacle. The item has two doors in the front, which lock [key included]. The tabernacle would have been used to store the Eucharist.

Wooden sculpture

Item consists of one wooden sculpture, all carved from one block of dark wood. The bottom of the wood features the carved inscription 'The Remnant' and possibly a signature of the artist. The sculpture features a seated figure with its legs pulled to its chest, and one arm wrapped around the body. The other arm is resting on the floor, with its palm facing upward and cupped. The figure is sanded smooth with a finish, while the base is left rough.

Wooden rosary

Item consists of one set of rosary beads. These beads are wooden, brown, and include a wooden cross with a carving of Jesus.

Wooden nativity set

Item consists of one nativity set. There are fourteen pieces depicting the Wise Men, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and some animals. These pieces are made of wood and are painted.

Wooden crucifix

Item consists of one large wooden crucifix. The figure of Jesus is intricately carved. According to an email from Sue Mosteller and Joe Child, in which Joe tells what he remembers of the figure: "The story I remember is that there was an old priest at Freiburg University who was an old friend of Henry's. Either before or after he died, he gave Henry the cross, and it came from a church in WWII, and the cross was all he recovered from the bombed out building. Henry brought it back and showed it to me and asked if I would mount it on a cross. I made a cross, and then gave it a high gloss finish. This accentuated the figure, which was a carved figure of Christ, and there was no finish on it, so it contrasted well with the finish on the cross. Henry liked it, and was around the old chapel for a long time. That is about all I can remember."

Wooden card holder

Item consists of one wooden card holder. It is a block with space to hold several business cards. Likely kept on a desktop.

Wooden acrobat toy

Item consists of one painted wooden acrobat toy on a wooden stand given to Nouwen by Joseph and Brad for Christmas. There is a handwritten note from Joseph and Brad on the wooden stand.

Witness for peace file

File consists of material relating to Witness for Peace, includes newsletters, Witness for Peace Hotline, letters to Nouwen, copies of newspaper articles, brochures published by Witness for Peace and Draft #1 of Bitter Witnesses: Nicaraguans and the ‘covert’ war by Witness for Peace.

Witness for Peace booklet

File consists of booklet "Kidnapped by the Contras: The Peace Flotilla on the Rio San Juan, Nicaragua" published by the Witness for Peace Documentation Project. It has been annotated "file: Witness for Peace."

With care

Item consists of a typescript for "With Care: Mark 6:30-44", a talk on care of the sick and pastoral counseling. Nouwen argues that cure without care is more harmful than helpful, even in the professional setting. He asks: What does it mean to care? How to become a caring community around the person who is suffering? Nouwen urges his listeners to go beyond the professional to the human in the "caring" professions. Similar ideas were published in "Out of Solitude".

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)."

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