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14 november 2018, 11:45 uur

Verdediging proefschrift Jason Greig Reimer

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Public PhD dissertation by Jason Greig Reimer

Part of the community life is sharing academic achievements as well. Therefore, we extend to you all the invitation to participate in the public PhD dissertation entitled The disarmed community: Reflecting on the Posibility of Peace Eclesiology in the Light of L’Arche by a Mennonite from Winipeg, Canada, Jason Greig Reimer. His dissertation is relevant for each community, church, religious body on peacemaking field with a wider sense of peace “not only as the absence of conflict” in a concrete way. Helpful view for communities to refresh their commitment or to start a new one in the daily work of peacemaking.

The day, time and place will be: 14 November 2018 at 11:45 a.m., The Aula, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (De Boelelaan 1105, 2E-03, NL . 1081 HV)

Abstract: Abstract: While the call towards “inclusion” opens the way for many persons with sensory impairments, often persons considered intellectually disabled remain left behind within the dominant theories of social inclusion.  This lacuna also exists within ecclesial attempts to offer a place for these persons within the church.  The ecumenical communities of L’Arche offer a way “beyond inclusion” that not only sees these persons as “core members” of the ecclesial body, but as also often gifted with the dispositions needed for witnessing to Christ’s peace in the world.  The history of L’Arche and the writings of Jean Vanier, the movement’s founder, point to a mission given to L’Arche to be and become communities of peace.  Vanier’s theology of peace includes a robust sense of peace not only as the absence of conflict, but, more importantly, as an eschatological goal and a dynamic action.  Through living in community with vulnerable persons, members of L’Arche acknowledge their own woundedness which makes enemies of the other and builds walls of protection from the stranger.  Life in communities dedicated to Vanier’s theological vision trains persons in the habits and practices which make for peace.  A crucial element of this morality is the conception and experience of time.  In communities attempting to live out Vanier’s vision, time exists as a gift given by God for reconciling with God, self, other, and creation, and for witnessing to that peace to the world.  This view of peacemaking acts as a potential source for the church’s peace witness, and coheres with a vision of the church as the community called by the Trinity to show the world a way beyond violence and enmity.  The church cultivates and demonstrates this vocation through training its members in the habits of mutuality, trust, patience and tenderness, received through the ecclesial practices of hospitality, story-telling, prayer, forgiveness and celebration.


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