File 2152 - Listening and Speaking handout for 1984 lecture course

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CA ON00389 F4-7-1-2152


Listening and Speaking handout for 1984 lecture course


  • [between February 7 - 14, 1984] (Creation)

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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'.

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This is a copy of a handout found in the 1984 bound volume, see file 2175.
There are sound recordings for these lectures. See Accession 2002 41. In these sound recordings, the lectures are dated February 7 and February 9, 1984.

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Introduction to the Spiritual Life (course code 2543), offered during the spring semester of 1984, was the first full course Nouwen taught at Harvard Divinity School. The course was held Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. The Gospel of Luke was the basis for the course. The course was divided up into 5 sections: Waiting in Expectation, Compassion and Hiddenness, Healing and Confrontation, Death and Resurrection, and The Holy Spirit in Worldwide Mission. Each student was required to write a personal spiritual commentary on the Gospel of Luke as well as a spiritual diary that had to be read by at least three other people, one of whom had to be a member of the class. Students were also required to attend small group discussions of six to eight people, and instructed to seek out a 'spiritual friend'. No grades were given for the course. Teaching Assistants included Jeff Coppage, Pat McCallum, Michael O’Laughlin, Jim Smith, and Peter Weiskel.

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