Henri Nouwen and Vincent Van Gogh

“I want to do drawings which touch some people....I want to progress so far that people will say of my work: ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly...’ ”(Vincent Van Gogh)

This quote expresses Vincent’s desire to use his art as a way to communicate his solidarity with the human condition and to offer glimpses of hope and comfort. During this retreat we will explore the struggles Vincent went through which led him to his vocation of ministry. We will delve into how Vincent’s desire to use art as a language helped him to gain a deeper understanding of life and we will seek to uncover ways that Vincent’s art may also help free us to feel more deeply and tenderly. We will do this through Henri Nouwen’s and our own insights on compassion and care, so as to bring us to where, as Henri stated “miracles can take place.”

FACILITATORS:CAROL BERRY is an artist, art educator and adjunct faculty member of the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. In 1979 she audited Henri Nouwen’s course “The Compassion of Vincent Van Gogh” at Yale Divinity School. Carol continued studying Vincent’s life and work and has been sharing her insights into the life of this often misunderstood artist through lectures and workshops for twenty years.THE REV. DR. STEVE BERRY recently served as the Senior Minister of the historic First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, CA. In 2009 he teamed up with human rights pioneer, Jack Healey to make the State of Vermont the first to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Steve was a student of Henri Nouwen and has worked most recently on theologian Walter Wink’s latest book.

Fee: $35 or pay what you can, at the door, cash or cheque.

To register, please contact Maureen Wright: 416-926-2287, mwright@nouwen.net. Register online at www.HenriNouwen.org.

Doors open at 9:00 am. Bookstore opens at 12:30.


Dayspring Chapel at L'Arche Daybreak
11339 Yonge St 5 km north of Major Mackenzie
Richmond Hill, ON L4S 1L1
43° 54' 12.2148" N, 79° 26' 40.6824" W
This community event is not affiliated with Faith Connections, but we believe it to be of specific interest to young adults aged 18-39 and with a faith-based or social justice theme. However, we can be mistaken — if you're not sure this event will meet your expectations, please check with the event organizers.