Sermon written for First Presbyterian Elkhart, for delivery in the chapel and the sanctuary May 31, 2015
50 years ago an amazing movement began in a rural community in France. But as is often the case, the beginnings of this movement were rather humble. A very tall, very smart, very privileged Canadian man welcomed two men with disabilities, who had been institutionalized, to come out of the institution and live with him in a simple house that he had built— a house lacking even running water.
This man was just a bit younger than I am now; he was 36 years old at the time. Yet he had already had two careers by then— first as a British and Canadian Naval Officer, a career for which he had begun to prepare at the age of 13. Then as a philosopher/teacher/academic. But through all his years of military service and then…
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