“What does it mean to live a life in the Spirit of Jesus Christ?” That’s the question Henri Nouwen asks and to which he responds with his book, Reaching Out – The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life.
“This book,” Nouwen says, “does not offers answers or solutions but is written in the conviction that the quest for an authentic Christian spirituality is worth the effort and the pain, since in the midst of this quest we can find signs offering hope, courage, and confidence.” And who doesn’t need hope, courage, and confidence these days?
“I wanted to write this book” Nouwen continues, “because it is my growing conviction that my life belongs to others just as much as it belongs to myself and that what is experienced as most unique often proves to be most solidly embedded in the common condition of being human…. The spiritual life is a reaching out to our innermost self, to our fellow human being and to our God.”
I hope you will join me in reading and discussing Nouwen’s Reaching Out. We will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 3, 2021, and meet thereafter each Sunday at that same time. For now we will meet on Zoom. We will, however, be using a new Zoom link as follows:
Meeting ID: 860 4136 1579
We will not have books available in the church office. It is, however, available on Amazon for $12.00. For our first meeting let’s read pages 1-36. Yes, that’s ambitious and we probably won’t cover it all but it will get us started.
The class is open to everyone and it’s not necessary to have been in previous classes. I’m looking forward to our time together. Please let me know if you have questions.
God’s peace be with you,