The Life of the Beloved: an Advent Study

Henri Nouwen was a gifted spiritual teacher who was born in the Netherlands in 1932 and early on became a priest. Throughout his life he studied philosophy, theology and psychology and spent much time traveling, living in community and speaking publicly. He writes lovely prose and his work is full of his own personal and intimate experiences of God’s love.

Henri devoted much of his later ministry to emphasizing the idea that our identity is as the Beloved Children of God. In an interview, he said that he believed the central moment in Jesus’s public ministry was his baptism in the River Jordan, when as he came out of the water he heard the voice of God saying, “You are my beloved son on whom my favour rests.” Nouwen writes: “That is the core experience of Jesus. . . . He is reminded in a deep, deep way of who he is. . . . I think his whole life is continually claiming that identity in the midst of everything.

In 1992 Nouwen travelled to Garden Grove, California where he delivered three sermons extolling the fact that we are all beloved daughters and sons of God. The sermons were delivered and televised at the famous Crystal Cathedral.

This Advent study is based on this series of sermons which are entitled:

  • Being the Beloved

  • Becoming the Beloved

  • Disciples of the Beloved

The sessions will start at 2pm on Wednesdays: 5th, 12th and 19th December, at James and Anna’s house in Spinningdale.

Sessions will last a little over an hour and there will be refreshments afterwards for those who can stay. Everyone is most welcome to join us.

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