Sunday, December 1, 2019

Advent Reflection 2019 Week One

Prayer Focus for the week;
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD)  December 3rd

The theme for International Day of People with Disability for 2019 ‘Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda’. According to the United Nations, 2019’s theme focuses on the empowerment of persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to ‘leave no one behind’ and recognizes disability as a cross-cutting issues, to be considered in the implementation of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Jean Vanier 1928-2019

Jean Vanier, who has died of cancer aged 90, was the founder of L’Arche communities for adults with learning disabilities, living alongside those without them. He once said: “I had no plan, I just met people and people with disabilities awoke my heart.”
In August 1964, having giving up his job teaching philosophy at the University of Toronto, he bought a small, rundown house without plumbing or electricity in the village of Trosly-Breuil, north of Paris, and invited two men with learning disabilities – RaphaĆ«l Simi and Philippe Seux – to share it with him. Both had been living in an asylum and were without family.

The initiative was prompted by Vanier’s visits to the long-stay hospitals that housed many people with learning disabilities at the time. “Huge concrete walls, 80 men living in dormitories and no work. I was struck by the screams and atmosphere of sadness,” he said.
Read full text  of Obituary from The Guardian here
Irish Times Obituary
New York Times Obitury

Jean Vanier, in an undated photo, leading a demonstration in support of people with disabilities.CreditCreditPierre Michaud/Gamma-Rapho, via Getty Image

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Summer in the Forest Brisbane Premier

L'Arche Brisbane invites you to a special Premier Q & A Screening of SUMMER IN THE FOREST Monday 13 May 2019 from 6.00pm- 8.30pm Cineplex Balmoral, 168 Oxford Street, Bulimba 4171
Described as "An extraordinarily tender documentary" (NY Times), the film will touch your heart deeply and remind you of what it truly means to be human.

All are welcome, with complimentary drinks and nibbles provided from 6pm. The film screening will commence by 6.45pm and be followed by a live Q &; A, where you will be introduced to members of the Brisbane L'Arche community.

Ticket sales at $25 per head will support the ongoing work of L'Arche in Brisbane.


Film Synopsis:

Like countless others Philippe, Michel, Andre and Patrick were labeled 'idiots', locked away and forgotten in violent asylums, until the 1960s, when the young philosopher Jean Vanier took a stand and secured their release - the first time in history that anyone had beaten the system. Together they created L'Arche, a commune at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris. A quiet revolution was born.

Now in his 80s, and still at L'Arche, Jean has discovered something that most of us have forgotten - what it is to be human, to be foolish, and to be happy.

SUMMER IN THE FOREST invites us to abandon the rat race and forge new friendships. Amid the ancient trees, Philippe, Patrick, Jean and the others welcome us into their lives. If there are rules to break, they will be broken and if there is a truth to be told, they will tell it. Michel reveals his war torn past, Andre is desperate for a date, and young David will prove himself a hero in the fight against the forces of evil.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Harmony Through Solidarity Gathering

This Sunday, 24th March 2019 we are celebrating Solidarity at the end of Harmony Week. The theme of Harmony Week 2019 is "Everyone Belongs" This fits in well with our vision of L'Arche and our commitment to solidarity across our communities. We will be gathering as usual at St Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church Hall, 21 Beauvadia Street Cannon Hill from 6pm .

You might like to wear something orange for the gathering as this is the colour theme of Harmony Week.  We will have Table Conversations where we can tell stories of our experience and awareness of different cultures. You will  also have an opportunity to decorate our table covers with art and words.

To help the conversations Tony will lead us . You might like to think about some of the following stories  which will guide our conversation:

Tell a story about your family name and the country it comes from
Tell a story about friends you have met from another country
Tell a story about your neighbours who come from another country

We will share a simple meal as is our custom on Solidarity night and you are invited to donate the cost of a meal to our solidarity bowl which supports L'Arche communities in developing countries.