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What Takes Your Breath Away?

This afternoon I went to a concert featuring 10 year old piano prodigy Jerry Chang. He took my breath away. I especially loved his Beethoven piece (Sonata # 8).  His fingers moved easily from the light legato, where the notes … Continue reading

Fundraising From the Heart (It Takes Courage!)

There are different approaches to fundraising, but fundraising from the heart trumps them all. Why? Because it involves the whole person. When your “ask” comes from the deep place that is at the center of your being, the center of all … Continue reading

A Spirituality Vignette

In my senior year of college, there were two concepts that I had decided would guide my job search: lived theology and embodied solidarity. I had learned that the term “theology” literally means “to speak of God,” which meant to … Continue reading

The IQ of Love

With 2017 revenues of 24 billion dollars, Alibaba is one of the world’s largest internet companies. Jack Ma is its founder and Executive Chairman. At this year’s World Economic Forum, Jack spoke about the formation of young people. “To gain … Continue reading

Intellectual Disability by the Numbers

Sometimes I am asked a simple question: “How many people have an intellectual disability?” Turns out that the question is not so simple. Census results vary dramatically and there is broad consensus that there is a “hidden” population of people … Continue reading

Empowering to Make a Difference: Excerpts of Tina’s Address to the National Assembly and Regional Gathering

Empowering to Make a Difference is the theme of this Assembly.  Empowering means to increase our influence, to promote our capacity to self-actualize.  Empowering means to take responsibility for the beautiful simplicity, the enormous potential, the persistent complexity, the foundational tensions, the … Continue reading

A Vote, A Community of Welcome – From the National Assembly

At the end of the second day of L’Arche USA’s 2018 National Assembly and Western Regional Gathering, Lisa Shiltz, a L’Arche USA Board Member reflects upon her experience of welcoming as part of L’Arche.  I was nervous flying to Tacoma … Continue reading

A Voice, A Reflection – From the National Assembly

At the end of the first day of L’Arche USA’s 2018 National Assembly and Western Regional Gathering, we asked an Assistant (an individual without an intellectual disability) to reflect on her experience thus far. Malia has lived in a L’Arche … Continue reading

Pathway Initiative – The Impact of L’Arche

Donate Now I meet Greg in a coffee-shop: minimal design, polished surfaces, streamlined furniture… He is in his mid-30s and extremely successful in his career as a senior manager in a large corporation. Greg is wearing fitted jeans, a casual … Continue reading

Documentary About L’Arche Founding Released

Read: L’Arche USA Reflection View: Movie Trailer Summer in the Forest, recorded in France and Bethlehem, portrays Jean Vanier’s vision about living in community with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).  Over the past fifty years, Mr. Vanier’s vision … Continue reading