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A Witness to God’s Peace: A Jean Vanier Symposium

23 May 2017 | General Interest

On 10 March 2017, BBI – The Australian Institute of Theological Education hosted a Symposium which explored the life, writings and actions of Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche communities and winner of the 2015 Templeton Prize.

Below is a list of questions and responses from the various speakers at the event, along with an accompanying news article and 30 minute Jean Vanier interview. If you have any questions about this event please contact Dr Zachariah Duke.

News article: Promoting a Culture of Inclusion-The Jean Vanier Symposium

Question and speaker Additional resources
Keynote address
Essence of L’Arche, it’s mission, it’s being, its existence’
Dr David Treanor
L’Arche Australia
Keynote address
‘The Story of Jean Vanier: The Journey of Becoming a Witness to God’s Peace’ 
Dr Zachariah Duke
BBI – The Australian Institute of Theological Education
Q1. How have people living with a disability taught you what it means to be human?
Professor John Swinton
The University of Aberdeen, Scotland
  • This paper is unavailable
Q2. Why has John's Gospel been such a point of focus and inspiration for you? Why do you often retell the Samaritan woman at the well story in John 4?
The Most Rev Peter A Comensoli
Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay
Q3. How can we embrace a Church of Mercy in today’s world? What does a Church of Mercy look like?
Professor Anthony Maher
BBI – The Australian Institute of Theological Education
  • This paper is unavailable
Q4. Describe your reaction on winning the 2015 Templeton Prize? What does it mean for you and for the L’Arche communities around the world to win this prestigious award?
Dr Sandra Carroll
Australian Catholic University; and
Ms Catherine Anderson
Australian Catholic University and L’Arche Genesaret
Q5. Are you able to reflect on Laudato Si’? How will it challenge people to “care for our common home”?
Rev Dr Gerald A Arbuckle
Marist Priest and Theologian
Q6. What do you believe is the greatest spiritual issue of today and how should people approach and/or address it?
Dr Peter Mudge
BBI – The Australian Institute of Theological Education
Q7. I wonder whether you could comment on the element of “mystery” in disability, relationships and communities.
Ms Cristina Gangemi
The Kairos Forum and Living Fully Network
Symposium Summary
Dr Medi Ann Volpe
Durham University, UK


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