Item 03 - The clown

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CA ON00389 1-1-2-153-03


The clown


  • [between 1971 and 1975] (Creation)

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2 p. of textual records

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Item consists of a typescript of "The Clown", a sermon on clowns, ministry and weakness. Nouwen uses the circus as an image for our world. He suggests that people keep the circus functioning, as do people in our world. The clown is the one we identify with because he stumbles and makes mistakes like us. Christ was the clown to announce by his life that we are not what we perform. The minister's final task is to announce that God loves us beyond what we can ever perform. Thus we can laugh at our weakness.

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Draft contains annotation: "File: Nouwen Sermons" (top, right corner).
Found on pages 34-35.

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2000 01


Box 36

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