Monday, January 22, 2007


"Welcome is one of the signs that a community is alive. To invite others to live with us is a sign that we aren't afraid, that we have a treasure of truth and of peace to share ... A community which refuses to welcome - whether through fear, weariness, insecurity, a desire to cling to comfort, or just because it is fed up with visitors - is dying spiritually." ~ Jean Vanier

For any who do not know, Vanier is the founder of the international network of L'Arche communities. These are found in many different cultures and reflect the ethnic and religious composition of the locales in which they exist. They share a common philosophy and approach, the goal being to bring together people living with developmental disabilities and those who assist them to live and work to create homes, recognizing one another’s unique value and gifts. The UK communities can be found here.

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