An Inquiry into the Theology and Practice of Covenantal Living in L'Arche

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An Inquiry into the Theology and Practice of Covenantal Living in L'Arche

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dc.contributor.author Hall, Katharine Ann en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-14T11:14:48Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T18:42:23Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09-29 en_US
dc.description.abstract Synopsis This study is an inquiry into the charism of L'Arche and its basis in the notion of covenant. It has reflected upon the theology of covenant and community of the founder, Jean Vanier, his life experience in community with people with learning disabilities, and the vicissitudes of the embodiment of covenant in the structures and practices of the communities of the Federation of L'Arche. The inquiry has sought to understand the meanings attributed to covenant in the life history of L'Arche both corporately and individually, and to examine in what way it is a determinant paradigm for the ongoing life of L'Arche. It has sought to hear the questions arising from within L'Arche as well as from contemporary society and the impact of secular encoded practices. The inquiry is grounded in a series of interviews with committed long term assistants living with the community members with learning disabilities in small community houses, who are not a part of the founding generation. This group is a necessary witness to the transition from the founder, and in their life choice represent something of the mystery of the original vision. Through these conversations it has been possible to articulate the particularity and importance of their vocation for L'Arche, and to identify a 'gap' between the word and the action concerning commitment, in particular what happens to them beyond their 'working life'. The study concludes that covenant is core to the original vision and if deepened corporately could provide a challenging language and frame for addressing the serious questions facing L'Arche as a result of a process of secularisation. en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/3467 en_US
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher University of Exeter en_GB
dc.subject Covenant en_GB
dc.subject L'Arche en_GB
dc.subject Jean Vanier en_GB
dc.title An Inquiry into the Theology and Practice of Covenantal Living in L'Arche en_GB
dc.type Thesis or dissertation en_GB
dc.date.available 2012-03-14T11:14:48Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T18:42:23Z
dc.contributor.advisor Reed, Esther en_US
dc.description Provides a contemporary reflection into the work and theological insights of Jean Vanier through the eyes of members of the community of L'Arche. Opens up questions of reflection not only for people working in L'Arche but also for any Christian community faced with the challenge of integrity in the context of social care in today's plural and secularised society. en_GB
dc.publisher.department Theology and Religion en_GB
dc.relation.references Community and Growth, (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1989 [1979]) en_GB
dc.relation.references Drawn into the Mystery of Jesus through the Gospel of St. John, (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2004) en_GB
dc.type.degreetitle MbyRes in Theology and Religion en_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters Degree en_GB
dc.type.qualificationname MbyRes en_GB


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