CA ON00389 F4-7-1-2217
- [between April 2 - 25, 1985] (Creation)
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File consists of two photocopies which were most likely distributed as handouts. These two documents are found filed in between Handout #40 and Handout #41 in the bound volume (see file 2178). These handouts do not contain a label however. They are samples of chain letters which students can send to family and friends and members of Congress.
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A copy of this handout can be found in the bound volume of 1985 course material. See file 2223.
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This chain letter refers to the Moakley - DeConcini Bill, introduced in the United States Senate on January 30, 1985. The bill hoped to set up an investigative committee to report on conditions of displaced Salvadorans, to provide certain rules of the House of Representatives and of the Senate with respect to review of the report, and to provide for the temporary stay of detention and deportation of certain Salvadorans. The bill was not passed.
Introduction to the Spiritual Life (course code 2543), offered during the spring semester of 1985, was the last course Nouwen taught at Harvard Divinity School. It was held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:30 am - 11:00 pm. The course was based on the previous year's course but with the Gospel of John replacing the Gospel of Luke as the core text. The course emphasized the relationship between The Word and spiritual life and the second term used a thematic approach to discuss intimacy, fecundity and ecstasy. Students were asked to keep a journal of reflections on John, class presentations, group debates, and lecture topics. They were also required to attend small group discussions of six to eight people and write a mid-course response. Unlike the 1984 course, students were only required to have two people read their journal and write a response. No grades were given for the course. In March, Nouwen organized a trip to Haiti for four students to assist the L'Arche community there. Teaching Assistants included David LeBlanc, Stephen Pavy, Peter Weiskel, Barbara Ernst, Michael O'Laughlin, and Jim Smith.