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"From Magic to Faith" lecture notes

File consists of 23 typed pages of a lecture titled "From Magic to Faith," which discusses the religious development of individuals from childhood to adulthood from a psychological perspective. The lecture was most likely presented in Nouwen's "summer school" course Psychology 121: "Special Topics" : Psychology of Religion in 1967. Student assignments for the summer school course mention their interest of the psychological development of individuals from infancy through adulthood.

Reading and lecture notes on pastoral psychology and psychology of religion

File consists of handwritten notes by Nouwen. The majority appear to be reading and lecture notes on the psychology of religion. There are a number of documents in this file that can be directly attributed to Nouwen's summer school course of 1967 on the Psychology of Religion, including a list of lecture titles and an assignment outline.
There is also evidence that some of the documents relate to another Pastoral Care course for priests offered during the summer of 1967 as well. These documents include lecture notes titled " Pastoral Counseling", "professional identity", "Pastoral care in a time of crisis", "Mental Health - Mental Illness", and "depression".
File also consists of extensive reading notes on Coe's Psychology of Religion, and a short collection of notes on mysticism. This file seems to include material related to a 1967 course on Pastoral Care for priests. Nouwen mentions in his Curriculum Vitae that he taught a course titled "Pastoral Psychology" during his years at Notre Dame. This may be the course to which he is referring. There are several handwritten notes listing nine probable seminarians or priests who participated in such a course. These names are not present on the class lists of either Psychology 121: "Special Topics": Psychology of Religion for 1967 nor are they listed on Nouwen's initial course Pastoral Care held in 1966.

Draft of a bibliography on pastoral theology

File consists of a single sheet of grid paper (42 cm x 33 cm) folded in half . On it are handwritten lists by Nouwen of works and articles on pastoral psychology, religion, theology and symbolism. Using a different ink, Nouwen has titled the main list "Pastoral Ps.". Some of the marginal notes and subject titles by Nouwen appear to have been written in Dutch. This bibliographical draft most likely relates to Nouwen's teaching in the Netherlands at the Joint Pastoral Institute in Amsterdam and the Catholic Theological Institute of Utrecht between 1968 and 1970.

Lecture notes and notes for lecture courses, 1968 - 1972

  • CA ON00389 F4-7-1-2087
  • File
  • [between 1968 and 1972, predominant 1972]
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of a bound volume of typed lecture notes, handwritten notes and handouts created and used by Nouwen for the course Christian Spirituality. The lectures appear to have been typed by Nouwen and are annotated by him. The lectures cover such topics as Eastern Orthodoxy, eastern and western monasticism, discipline, fragmentation and loneliness, as well as such authors as Thomas Merton, Gary Cash, Joe Freeman, Walter Parr and Mary Hobgood. The materials of the file relate primarily to Nouwen's first course at Yale Divinity School, however, there is also evidence that materials of this file relate to a course on Christian Spirituality taught between 1968 and 1970 in the Netherlands. There are 17 handwritten pages of notes in Dutch, and many of the lecture notes are typed on Dutch letterhead.

Lecture notes and handouts for fall 1972 course

  • CA ON00389 F4-7-1-2088
  • File
  • [between August and December 1972]
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of a bound volume of typed and annotated lecture notes and handouts. The bound volume also appears to have been annotated by Nouwen after it was compiled.

Handouts for Ministry to the Elderly seminar

File consists of a bound volume of photocopied articles and a typescript of the book "Aging" by Nouwen and Walter Gaffney. The typed articles include works by P.J. Naus, Erik H. Erikson, and Karl Menninger, George Scott-Montcrieff, and Dane Perry (on Rembrandtvan Rijn) among others.

Lecture notes on care for the elderly

File consists of a four pages of handwritten lecture notes by Nouwen. On the back of the last page there are annotations by Nouwen listing names.
It is not clear if these materials relate to a seminar class or a seminar which Nouwen and Walter Gaffney presented at a conference held at the University of Notre Dame. There is evidence that Nouwen attended a conference entitled “Ministry to the Aged and Dying”, which was co-sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Aging at the University of Notre Dame. The exact date is unknown.

Handouts for spring 1973 research seminar

  • CA ON00389 F4-7-1-2092
  • File
  • [between September 1972 - May 1973]
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of a bound volume of typed and photocopied handouts which Nouwen distributed to participants of his Hospitality seminar. This file is volume I of II, of which handouts 1-11 are included. This volume also contains the table of contents for both volumes. The handouts include a course outline, a bibliography compiled by Nouwen and Walter Gaffney, as well as typed summaries of guest speakers. File also includes an unbound photocopied handout labelled "H3" which is titled "Hospitality and Hostility."

Handouts for spring 1973 research seminar

  • CA ON00389 F4-7-1-2093
  • File
  • [between September 1972 - May 1973]
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of a bound volume of handwritten, typed, and photocopied handouts which Nouwen distributed to participants of his Hospitality seminar. This file is volume II of II, of which handouts 12-36 are bound. The handouts include typed summaries of class lectures, photocopied articles, as well as summaries of student projects. Included in the handouts are also handwritten and typed notes by Nouwen titled "Theol. Reflexion". The final handout is a typed critique of the class and its success dated April 30,1973. The author is unknown.

Reading notes and articles from Mount Savior Retreat

File consists of a bound volume of handwritten and typed reading notes by Nouwen.
The reading notes are dated and record Nouwen's reading regime for the summer. Some of the reading notes are in Dutch. Many of the reading notes are recorded on Mount Savior letterhead. Nouwen included notes on works by Mark Schoof, Jan de Harlog, Sydney Ahlstrom, Andre Louf, Thomas Merton, David Stanley, S.E. Morison, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Carlos Castaneda, Joseph Chilton Pearce, Jan de Hartog, Black Elk, Johannes B. Metz, Raimundo Pannikar, Harvey Cox, Andre Schwartz-Bart, Simon Wiesenthal, Adele M. Fiske, Simone Weil, John Howard Yoder, Abraham Joshua Heschel, J.R. M. Maas, Anselm Schulz, Robert Rosenthal, and Paul Pruyser Also included are notes Nouwen took during a conversation with John Baptist Robinson as well as two articles, one by Thomas Merton titled "Final Integration: toward a 'Monastic Therapy', the other a magazine and newsprint article by Sara Davidson titled "Baba Ram Dass: The Metamorphic Journey of Richard Alpert."

Handouts for fall 1973 lecture course

File consists of a bound volume of typed handouts for Discipline and Discipleship, taught by Nouwen in the fall semester of 1973. This bound copy is volume I of II. This volume includes a number of typed articles by Nouwen.
Some of these articles were subsequently published:

  • "Marriage as Ministry", "From Loneliness to Solitude", "From Hostility to Hospitality" "Hospitality and the Host", "Prayer of the Heart", "From Illusion to Prayer", "On the Possibility and Desirability of Love" and "Education to the Ministry".
    Other articles are believed to be unpublished. They include:
    -"The Self-Availability of the Homosexual"
    -"From Reaction to Response"
  • "Ronald" (case study from his work at the Menninger clinic)
    -"Hospitality and Care"
    -"Prayer and Community"
    File also contains a list of class discussion groups, a number of information lists of local monasteries and retreat centres, a short bibliography, several Zen stories as well as the Curriculum Vitae of Br. David Steindl-Rast and articles by Seward Hiltner, Shel Silverstein and Michael Novak. There is a typed note from Nouwen in this bound volume dated October 23, 1973. In it students are instructed to pick up handouts and articles from the secretary's office in 126 Chapel.

Lecture notes for fall 1973 lecture course

File consists of a bound volume of typed, handwritten and annotated lecture notes by Nouwen for Discipline and Discipleship, held during the fall semester of 1973. This bound copy is volume II of II.
The file also consists of a letter dated April 25, 1973 from Walter L. Parr, Jr. regarding papers by Nouwen which he received from Gary Cash. The papers he comments on appear to have been the articles Nouwen distributed to this class, and articles which Nouwen hoped to develop into a book (most likely 'Reaching Out'). Parr mentions Nouwen's themes of "oneness", "unity", "waiting" and eschatology.

Reading notes on memory

File consists of seven pages of handwritten reading notes by Nouwen on the 1962 book "Memory and Tradition in Israel" by Brevard S. Childs. Nouwen has provided a title page for these notes and has annotated it as "some core questions". These notes have been annotated by Nouwen.
These reading notes appear to be in their original file. The file folder is labelled " Nouwen: Memory: notes on Child's M&T". It appears that Nouwen would have produced these research files in the course of his reading and later the bulk of material would have been collated and bound into single volumes. The theme of memory was explored in the courses on Ministry and Spirituality in 1975 and 1977.

Reading notes on memory

File consists of 10 pages of typed reading notes by Nouwen on the subject of memory. These reading notes appear to have been drawn from a number of sources such as Dahl, Elie Wiesel, Seward Hiltner, Abraham J. Heschel and Martin Francis.
These reading notes appear to be in their original file. The file folder is labelled "Nouwen: Notes and Excerpts. Ref. Memory". The notes also contain a page titled "Confessing faith in God today. Draft report of the July Consultation: Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research". It appears that Nouwen would have produced these resource files in the course of his research and later the bulk of material would have been collated and bound into single volumes. The theme of memory was integrated into Nouwen's 1975 and 1977 courses Ministry and Spirituality.

Collected class material - volume I

File consists of a bound volume of miscellaneous handouts. The materials were most likely bound between 1974 and 1976. Many of the materials appear to be original typed copies, indicating that they were the originals from which Nouwen created handouts for his students.
The bound volume contains a table of contents that lists sixteen articles. One of the articles is a typescript by Nouwen titled "Case-Recording in Pastoral Education". The remaining articles are:
-"To hell with acceptance" (a sermon)
-a chronology of Christian monasticism.
-Louis Dupre's "The Mystical Experience of the Self and its Philosophical Significance" (copy of article from International Philosophical Quarterly, (vol. 14, pp. 495-511), December 1974)
-Comments and Quotations from Erik H. Erikson's "Identity and the Life Cycle."
-Quotations and Excerpts from Selma H. Fraiberg's "The Magic Years"
-Rabbi Gerald Goldman's "The 'Solitude' of Martin Buber" (from Nefesh III, no.1)
-Robin Greer's "Hospitality in the First Five Centuries of the Church"
-question sheets by Nouwen relating to Seward Hiltner's "The Counselor in Counseling".
-"Jim" from "Religion in America".
-extracts from George Konrad's "The Case Worker"
-Denis McInreny's "Thomas Merton: The Man and his Work" (from Cistercian Studies 27, 1974)
-"Psychological Examination", excerpts from "A Manual for Psychiatric Case Study" by Menninger, Mayman and Pruyser.

  • Karl Menninger's "The Termination of the Contract: The Separation of Two Parties".
    -Some quotations from Menninger, Meyman and Pruyser's "The Vital Balance".
    -typescript of Thomas Merton's "Marxist Theory and Monastic Theoria" (Conference delivered in Bangkok, 10 December 1968)
    Not listed in the table of contents is a typed quotation from Simone de Beauvoir's "The Ethics of Ambiguity".

Collected class materials - volume II

File consists of a bound volume of miscellaneous typed handouts. The materials are in both English and Dutch and were most likely bound between 1974 and 1976. Many of the materials appear to be original typescripts, indicating that they were the originals from which Nouwen created handouts for his students.
The bound volume contains a table of contents that lists 25 articles. Eight of these typed articles are by Nouwen. They are:
-"Conversation on Hospitality"
-"Education to the Ministry"
-"Male and Female" / "Man en Vrouw" (unpublished typescripts in English and Dutch dated December 1959).
-"Marriage as Ministry"
-Pastoral Care and Counseling: Conversations I & II
-Resentment: Some Notes
-The Self-Availability of the Homosexual
-"Selma 1965" (In Dutch)

The remaining articles are:
-Dian Perry's "Rembrandt's Latest Self-Portraits"
-excerpt of Chaim Potok's "My Name is Asher Lev"
-Paul Pruyser's "The Minister as Diagnostician" (from the The Perkins School of Theology Journal 27:2 (Winter 1973): 1-10.)
-Paul Pruyser's "The Use and Neglect of Pastoral Resources" (typescript of article published in Pastoral Psychology 23 (September 1972): 5-17).
-Abbot Zenkei Shibayama "A Flower Does Not Talk: Zen Essays"
-Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree"
-David Steindl-Rast's Curriculum Vitae, "A Deep Bow" and "Recollections of Thomas Merton's Last Days in the West"
-William Stringfellow's "An Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens in a Strange Land"
-Claire Townsend's "Some Facts on the Aged in American Society"
-Sir Frederick Treves' "The Elephant Man"
-Evelyn Underhill's "The Fruits of the Spirit"
-Wil Veldhuis' "Geloof en E varing" (dated 1973)
-Cornelus Verhoeven's "Het leedwezen: A Philosophy of Consolation" (dated 1971)
-Kallistos Ware's "The Power of the Name: The Function of the Jesus Prayer." (published in Cross Currents (Summer/Fall) 1974).
-excerpts from Oscar Wilde's "De Profundis".

Articles for course on Prison Ministry

File consists of six articles by Morris M. Gondereau, Joseph Sattern and Karl Menninger. There is also a reading list for the course. These articles are part of a bound volume of collected materials.

Lecture notes, handouts and articles for Pastoral Care

File consists of handwritten, typed and annotated reading and lecture notes for two of Nouwen's courses on Pastoral Care. These materials are part of a bound volume of collected materials. Handwritten and typed reading notes and lecture notes for the 1967 course are located in the second section of the bound volume. This section contains extensive notes on Boisen and notes on a film on Carl Rogers and his client-centred therapy. Material relevant to the 1974 course is located in the third section of the bound volume, and includes typed, handwritten, and annotated lecture notes by Nouwen.

Lecture notes and reading notes for spring 1975 seminar

File consists of a bound volume of typed and handwritten lecture notes and reading notes by Nouwen, primarily handwritten. The material is heavily annotated and includes one photocopied article by Kallistos Ware, "The Power of the Name: The Function of the Jesus Prayer."

Lecture notes and reading notes for spring 1975 seminar

File consists of a bound volume of typed and handwritten lecture notes and reading notes by Nouwen. There is only two pages of typed lecture notes. The rest of the bound volume consists of handwritten reading notes or lecture notes by Nouwen which are heavily annotated. The reading notes covers works by Michael Novak, David Steindl-Rast, Anselmus Stolz, Diadoque de Photice, James Hannay, St. Benedict, and Thomas Merton.

Lecture notes for fall 1975 lecture course

File consists of a bound volume of typed lecture notes. These lecture notes are heavily annotated by Nouwen and the majority of the lectures are dated. There is only one page of exclusively handwritten notes, as well as an annotated copy of the course description handout. At the end of the volume, there is a clown bibliography.

Handouts for fall 1975 lecture course

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"
    -"Hospitality"
    -"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"

Subject index cards on Vincent van Gogh

File consists of a card index of typed quotations and references from the correspondence of Vincent van Gogh. The cards are arranged by subject and usually contain the letter number, volume, and page number from an edition of "The Complete Letters of Vincent van Gogh". It is clear that Nouwen owned a 1978 Bulfinch Press edition, however, he may have had access to an 1958 edition as well. As such, the exact date of their creation is not clear. In addition to the index cards, there are three folded sheets of paper. Two of the sheets are alphabetical lists of the subject headings (i.e."The Mill", "Models", "Money", "Nature", "The Ordinary",etc.). The other is a typed copy of a 1875 letter to Van Gogh from Paris. A 'post-it' note has been attached to this letter reading "Removed from back of card file to make space". This note is not in Nouwen's hand. As well, the handwritten labels on these index card alphabetical dividers are not in Nouwen's hand. There are 13 cards which are out of order and can be found filed before "A".

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

File consists of a bound volume of typed and photocopied handouts (including a course syllabus and class schedule) for a field-based course called Ministry in Non-Religious Institutions. This is volume I of II, of which handouts 1-21 are included. There are two articles by Nouwen in this volume, "Case Recording in Pastoral Counseling" and "Training for the campus ministry".
The remaining handouts include:

  • "A Flower Does Not Talk".
    -"Jim: A Case Study".
    -Michael Novak's "Experience of Nothingness".
  • extracts from John Fowles' "The Magus".
    -"Life of the Poor" from The Christian Herald 1968.
    -excerpts from Erick H. Erikson's "Identity and the Life Cycle".
    -Robert Paul Wolff's "The College as Rat Race".
    -Amitai Etzioni's "Human beings are not very easy to change after all".
    -article from Chicago Tribune (3 October 1975),"Philippe Petit: I will spirit at a much loftier level".
    -PAC: People Acting for Change Newsletter, Vol 1 No 1 September 1975.
    -excerpts from Menninger, Meyman and Pruyser's "The Vital Balance".
    -Jerome H Skolnick's "A sketch of the policeman's 'working personality'" and "Police attitudes toward criminal law".

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".

Lecture notes and handouts for spring 1977 lecture course

File consists of a bound volume of typed and handwritten lecture notes and some handouts, primarily typed. As well, there are a number of handouts that have been bound into this volume. These handouts include two typed articles by Nouwen titled "The Minister as a Guiding Reminder" and "The Sustaining" as well as a copy of the periodical Occasional Papers: Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research (No. 2 March 1977), which contained Nouwen's article "Compassion: The Core of Spiritual Leadership". There are also typed handouts of excerpts from Igumen Chariton of Valamo's "The Art of Prayer", Thomas Merton's "Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander" and articles titled "The Guide" and "The Gospel according to Zen".

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, lecture notes, handouts and student presentations for spring 1977 seminar

File consists of a bound volume of typed lecture and reading notes and photocopied handouts (including a syllabus, class schedule, and class list). The bound volume also includes a typed chronology highlighting the main periods of van Gogh's life, biographical data, a detailed bibliography, as well as a list of books which van Gogh himself read as cited in his letters. The bound volume also includes a number of poems selected by students in the class as well as photocopies of student presentation notes. In addition, there are short typed summaries of students' seminar and paper topics.

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.

Handouts for fall 1977 lecture course

File consists of a bound volume of typed and photocopied handouts and articles distributed by Nouwen for his lecture course. This volume contains a table of contents listing 38 items. In addition to a syllabus, a class list, a directory of local monasteries, several bibliographies and a list of final paper topics there are a number of handouts authored by Nouwen. They are:
-"Case Recording in Pastoral Education"

  • "Ronald" (a Menninger case study)
    -a copy of "Compassion: Solidarity, Consolation and Comfort".

The remaining articles by Nouwen are marked with "for private use only" on the upper right hand of the page. They are: "The New Mind", "Empowered by the Holy Spirit" , "Not Without Confrontation","Beyond Information","In Community", "Displacement and Community" (co-written with Gregory Youngchild),"Solitude and Community", "In Prayer", and "Active".
Several of these articles would later be published as part of Nouwen's 1979 book "Clowning in Rome" and his book with Don McNeill and Doug Morrison called "Compassion", which was published in 1982.

Other handouts include:
-John Mogabgab's "Self-Sacrifice and Community" and "Some Notes on Institutional and Community in a Theological Perspective"
-Melanie Morrison's "Beyond a Problem Solving Approach to Ministry"
-Parker Palmer's "A Place Called Community" from "The Christian Century"16 March 1977.
-Cabeza de Vaca's "The Power Within Us"
-a reflection by Steven E. Barry
-excerpt from Sir Frederick Treves' "The Elephant Man"
-excerpts from Karl Barth's "Church Dogmatics"
-excerpts from Igumen Chariton of Valamo's "The Art of Prayer"
-a story from "The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha"
-letter from "The Catholic Worker" vol. XLIII, no. 7 (September 1977)
-Kallistos Ware's "Silence in Prayer: The Meaning of Hesychia"
-excerpts from Basil Pennington's "Daily We Touch Him"

Lecture notes, handouts and class reflections for fall 1978 seminar

File consists of a bound volume of typed and handwritten lecture notes and typed and photocopied handouts (including a syllabus and class list) relating to a seminar on Education and Community co-lectured by Nouwen and John Mogabgab during the fall semester of 1978. The typed and annotated lecture notes by Nouwen are 13 pages in total. The bulk of the bound volume includes the reflective writings of the seminar's participants, namely David Lamarre-Vincent, Jeff Merkel, John Mogabgab, George Noonan, Parker Palmer, Brew Riverson, Kathy Schell, Rebecca Skillern, Guss Succop, Loretta Sullivan, Bruce Sylvester, Larry Welborn, and of course, Nouwen himself.

Lecture notes and handouts for fall 1978 lecture course

File consists of a bound volume of typed and handwritten lecture notes, as well as a class list and lecture schedule. The bound volume also includes typed of works by and about Thomas Merton. The typed and handwritten lecture notes are heavily annotated by Nouwen, and in some cases by an unidentified hand.

Handouts for fall 1978 lecture course

  • CA ON00389 F4-7-1-2121
  • File
  • [between September - December 1978]
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of a bound volume of typed and photocopied handouts, including a syllabus, class list and final paper topic list as well as a number of bibliographies on prayer, Merton, western mysticism as well as a list of local monasteries and contemplative centers. There is also a handout titled "Guidelines for Inclusive Language"outlining Yale Divinity School's policy on changing language practices towards greater gender equality.
Articles by Nouwen include "Contemplation and Ministry" and a photocopy of "Solitude and Community" and article published in Worship (January 1978, 13-23).
Articles by Merton include a prayer and excerpts from "A Letter on the Contemplative Life", "Thoughts in Solitude" and "Seven Story Mountain".
The remaining articles are:

  • Kallistos Ware's "The Power of the Name: The Function of the Jesus Prayer", (introduction to Igumen Chariton of Valamo's) "The Art of Prayer", and "Silence in Prayer: The Meaning of Hesychia".
    -James H. Forest's "Thomas Merton's Struggle with Peacemaking".
    -David Steindl-Rast's "Recollection of Thomas Merton's Last Days in the West" and "A Deep Bow".

Reading notes on Vincent van Gogh : General

File consists of a bound volume of handwritten reading notes by Nouwen and some photocopied articles on Vincent van Gogh. This is volume I of IV. Nouwen has designated this volume as "General".
Much of the reading notes by Nouwen of van Gogh's correspondence follows subject headings such as "Loneliness", "Nature", "Olive Trees" etc. The reading notes also cover works such as John Rewald's "Post-Impressionism: From Van Gogh to Gauguin", James L. Foy's "Vincent Van Gogh: The Crisis in Identity", J.B. De la Faille's "The Works of Vincent Van Gogh", and Albert J. Lubin's "Stranger on the Earth". Nouwen also has reading notes on van Gogh's own correspondence to Theo van Gogh and Emile Bernard, as well as contemporary accounts by Antonin Artaud, Gaston Bachelard, H.P. Bremmer, Charles Mauron, and Fritz Novotny. The bound volume also includes a photocopied excerpt of "Paul Gauguin's Intimate Journals", (translated by Van Wyck Brooks), and the photocopied article by Harold P. Blum titled "Van Gogh's Chairs".

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.

Reading notes on Vincent van Gogh: Miscellaneous

File consists of a bound volume of handwritten reading notes, typescripts and photocopies by Nouwen on Vincent van Gogh. This is volume IV of IV. Nouwen has designated this volume as "Miscellaneous". The first section of the bound volume contains:
-a 13 page film script on blue paper about Vincent van Gogh and Nouwen. This film may have been titled "Vincent the Comforter". Annotated by Nouwen.

  • a 14 page typescript titled "Vincent the Comforter" which have notes for a slide show.
    -a 3 page list for a Vincent van Gogh Presentation listing the order of projector slides for above presentation [including time delays, blanks, and technical notes)
  • a 12 page typed lecture or script by Nouwen
  • a 28 page typed article or script by Nouwen with annotations. This may be a script for the film on van Gogh by Nouwen. It contains a number of quotations by van Gogh and are organised under numerical headings (i.e. 9.1, B19/III 518, 14.3 etc.).
    -an 8 page handwritten script for a short play about van Gogh titled "In the Museum."
    There are a number of annotated photocopies of van Gogh's translated letters as well as critical articles by van Gogh scholars. One section of reading notes and lecture notes has been titled "Lecture Notes: Abbey of the Genesee Spring 1979", showing that Nouwen gave a lecture series on Van Gogh when he was in retreat in 1979. This section includes typed lecture notes from Nouwen's Yale course on Van Gogh from the fall semester of 1979.
    A second section is titled "Book Excerpts" which contains handwritten reading notes including excerpts from W.M. Visser t'Hooft's "Rembrandt and the Gospel", H.R. Graetz's "The Symbolic Language of Vincent Van Gogh", and Ann Murray's "The Religious Background of Vincent Van Gogh". At the end of the bound volume there is a section of photocopies of index cards listing quotations by van Gogh as well as the subject of the quotation, the reference, the date and the location.

Reading notes on hesychasm

File consists of a bound volume of reading notes on hesychasm created during Nouwen's seven month retreat at the Abbey of the Genesee (Piffard, NY). This is volume I of II. These notes would form the basis for Nouwen's full-year seminar, Hesychasm, during the 1979-1980 school year at Yale Divinity School. Some of the works covered are Lev Gillet's "La Prière de Jésus", Irenee Hausherr's "Hesychasme et Prière" and "Les Grands Courants de la Spiritualité Orientale", F.X. Murphy's "Hesychasm" from the New Catholic Encyclopedia, I.H. Dalmais' "Yoga et pratiques monastiques de l'Orient chretien",and Abraham J. Heschel's "A Passion for Truth". Nouwen's reading notes also include excerpts from the writings of Père Monchanin, Dorothée de Gaza, St. John Climacus, Thomas Merton, Simone Weil, Evagrius of Pontus, Diadoque de Photicé, and St. Bernard de Clairvaux. There are also nine pages of handwritten notes by Nouwen labeled "The Memory of Christ".

Reading notes on hesychasm

File consists of a bound volume of handwritten reading notes on hesychasm created during Nouwen's seven month retreat at the Abbey of the Genesee (Piffard, NY). This is volume II of II. These notes would form the basis for Nouwen's full-year seminar, Hesychasm, during the 1979-1980 school year at Yale Divinity School. There is a handwritten table of contents in this bound volume. This table of contents was most likely written by John Mogabgab. Some of the works covered in Nouwen's handwritten reading notes are excerpts on hesychasm from Louis Bouyer, Jean Le Clerq and François Vandenbroucke's three volume tome "A History of Christian Spirituality", Sergius Bolshakoff's "Russian Mystics", and G.P. Fedotov's "The Russian Mind". There is also a 9 page chronological summary of the history of orthodox Christianity in Russia.

Lecture notes and handouts for 1979 - 1980 seminar

File consists of a bound volume of handwritten and typed annotated lecture notes by Nouwen as well as photocopies of John Mogabgab's handwritten lecture notes. These notes are for a year-long seminar, Hesychasm, co-lectured by Nouwen and Mogabgab during the 1979 - 1980 academic year. In addition, there are typed handouts and photocopies including:
-excerpts from John Calvin's "Institution of the Christian Religion..." titled "Words about Prayer"
-"What's it all About?" a reflection by Matthew Kelty a monk from Papua New Guinea.
-hymns from Saint Symeon's "Hyms of Divine Love"
-Father Basil, abbot of Stavronkita's "Dying and Behold we Live" (from Sobornost, series 7, issue 1, 1975, 22-32).
-"The Theology of Hesychasm" (unknown author)
-Nicephorus the Solitary's "A most profitable discourse on sobriety and the guarding of the heart".

Handouts for 1979 - 1980 seminar

  • CA ON00389 F4-7-1-2130
  • File
  • September 6, 1979 - April 24, 1980
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of a bound volume of typed and photocopied articles and handouts (including a syllabus and class list) for a year-long seminar, Hesychasm, co-lectured by Nouwen with John Mogabgab during the academic year of 1979 - 1980. There is a typed table of contents at the beginning of the bound volume listing 18 items. There is one photocopy of Nouwen's "Solitude and Community" published in Worship (Jan.1978: 13-23). In addition to a final paper topics, a directory of local monasteries and bibliographies on hesychasm, Russian spirituality and Eastern spiritual theology, there are a number of articles. They are:
-Kallistos Ware's "The Power to Name: The Function of the Jesus Prayer", "Silence in Prayer", "The Spiritual Father in Orthodox Christianity"
-Louis Bouyer on St. Anthony
-Irenée Hausherr's "The Great Currents of Eastern Spirituality" (from The Eastern Churches Quarterly, Vol II no. 3-4 (1937): 111-121,175-185.)
-Parker Palmer's "Escape and Engagement"
-Igumen Chariton of Valamo's "The Art of Prayer"
-several explanations of hesychasm from "The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Chruch".

Lecture notes for spring 1980 lecture course

File consists of a bound volume of typed and annotated lecture notes by Nouwen (as well as a class list), for the lecture course which Nouwen co-lectured with John Mogabgab, whose own photocopied handwritten lecture notes are also included in this bound volume.

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).

Photocopy of The monk and the cripple: toward a spirituality of ministry

File consists of a six page photocopy of Nouwen's article "The Monk and the Cripple: Toward a Spirituality of Ministry" which was published in America (March 15, 1980): 205-210. This article by Nouwen was distributed to his students in typescript form on February 4, 1980 for his course on Compassion which he co-lecture red with John Mogabgab. This photocopy was found within the bound volume of handouts for this course. Nouwen most likely distributed copies of the article when it was published.

Reading notes on spiritual direction

File consists of a bound volume of typed and handwritten reading notes by Nouwen from the summer months of 1980. These notes include a typed draft of Nouwen's first lecture for the class Spiritual Direction (offered in the fall of 1980) as well as notes on:
-Gerald May's "Spiritual Direction, Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy- a differentiation"
-David Steindl Rast's "On Listening"
-Andre Louf's "Spiritual Direction Today"
-Dr. Godfried Danneels' "The Spiritual Father in our fatherless society"
-Michel van Parys' "Spiritual Fatherhood in the East"
-Jan Peters' "About human relationships in Spiritual Direction"
-J.J. Vollebergh's "Religious Leadership"
-Jean Laplace's "Preparing for spiritual direction"
-John English's "Spiritual Freedom"
-Richard Foster's "Celebration of Discipline- the path to spiritual growth"
-Richard McBrien's "Catholicism"
-Jean Jacques Olier's "Christianity"
-Ruth Burrows' "Guidelines for Mystical Prayer"
-and Walter Kasper's Theology of Christian Marriage".
There is also a photocopy of David Steindl Rast's response at the Calgary Mysticism Conference of 1976, as well as a copy of Gerald May's "Spiritual Direction, Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy- a differentiation".

Bibliography for Desert Spirituality and Contemporary Ministry and Spiritual Direction courses

File consists of a 17-page typed bibliography compiled by Joseph Nunez for use by Nouwen's students in two courses. The bibliography is bound in blue stiff paper and has a Yale Divinity Library label reading "Div Lib / ARCHIVES & MSS. / Record/ Group/ No. 68". This copy has been annotated by someone other than Nouwen, noting which books were carried by the Yale Library. Nouwen may have deposited this bibliography at the library as a reference tool for his students.

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