Learn the origins of L’Arche

Filk that shares memories of the early days of L´Arche

L’Arche Comox Valley is hosting a new film Love & Belonging.

It will be shown at the Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College on Friday March 13 at 7 p.m.

Following the film, there will be a question and answer session.

In this 45-minute film, Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche, shares his memories of the early days of L´Arche and spiritual insights about peace making and the plan for humanity. In 1964, distressed by the institutionalization and isolation of people with developmental disabilities, Jean Vanier founded what has today become an international organization of communities in 40 countries. These communities are dedicated to creating environments where people with disabilities can achieve their full potential and contribute their talents and gifts to those around them.  He called these communities L’Arche – the French word meaning “The Ark” – to promote the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities into the daily life of communities.

This film includes excerpts from a film made only three years after the founding of the first L’Arche community in 1964. The music is supplied by current residents and assistants of the first L’Arche community at Trosly-Breuil in France. It is a beautiful and inspiring film providing both a history and a meditation on a rich and rewarding spiritual adventure. It was made to coincide with L’Arche’s 50 year celebrations. L’Arche Comox Valley celebrates its 15 year anniversary on March 16.

Admission is by donation. L’Arche Comox Valley is in the midst of a capital campaign to raise $800,000 to expand the services they can offer in the Valley by building a multi-purpose facility with residential units, a larger Outreach and Creative Art Centre and offices. Come out and learn about L’Arche’s vision and history. For more information, call L’Arche Comox Valley at 250 334 8320.


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