Last night, Andrew and the other youth group leader at our church took a group of kids on a tour of L’Arche Daybreak, up in Richmond Hill. L’Arche is a place where people who have intellectual disabilities and people who come to assist them live together in family-like settings that are integrated with local neighbourhoods. L’Arche was founded by Jean Vanier, a Canadian theologian, who set up these communities around the world. The one in Richmond Hill is the oldest in North America.
In 1986, Dutch theologian Henri Nouwen moved into L’Arche Daybreak. Almost ten years later, while he was still living there, he gave this sermon to articulate what it means to be the beloved sons and daughters of God, and what it means to live a life based on that knowledge.
This is twenty minutes well spent. If you don’t have twenty minutes, just listen to the first five.
Feature photo by Ales Krivec on Unsplash