Jean Vanier, who died recently, was the founder of l’Arche homes, and Clifford’s late son Peter – severely afflicted by Down’s syndrome – spent twenty years of his life in one of those homes. Clifford will reflect on these words from Vanier’s book, Wisdom of Life.
“I long for a world which gives itself the means of accompanying with the greatest tenderness and compassion, human life until the end. Let us avoid the compulsion of normality which would want all of us to be beautiful, smart, and strong. Such is not the reality. Let us learn never to fear both difference and fragility.”
A sense of others, of being good and caring ‘’neighbours,” especially of the more fragile others, Clifford believes, leads and translates into the ideals of the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism.
- Service Leader – Paul Sullivan
- Musician – Kerry-Anne Kutz
- Hospitality – Toni Smith & Heather Falconer
Today’s service will be followed by a potluck lunch. Please bring something to share. Crew: Christopher, Susan, Margaret, Annelise & Gary