TORONTO – Almost 20 years after his death, the extent of Fr. Henri Nouwen’s influence in the Catholic community is still being discovered.
And his admirers would like to see it grow. To commemorate the anniversary of their patron’s death, the Henri Nouwen Society is launching an annual lecture series in his honour. Convocation Hall at the University of Toronto will be host to the inaugural Henri Nouwen Lecture on Nov. 14 with guest speaker Jim Wallis. Wallis is a New York Times bestselling author, public theologian and editor of Sojourners magazine.
He will be speaking about “The Spirituality of Social Justice,” a theme that reflects Nouwen’s passion for active faith.
“I think Jim Wallis is an outstanding person right now,” said Karen Pascal, executive director of the Henri Nouwen Society. “He has taken a major stance in the States, especially in this year of election… I think the Canadian audience will be inspired by him.”
Wallis and Nouwen were great friends. Together they had many conversations about issues on how Christians can take their faith. As friends and colleagues, they wrestled with this topic over many years, and it’s this relationship and insight into Nouwen’s views on social justice that make Wallis the right speaker to start off the series, said Pascal.
“They were like iron sharpening iron,” said Pascal. “They both saw it as a really important thing that there was this social justice and Christian witness that went hand in hand.”
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