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Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier speaks about what it means to be a human person. His instinct to follow his 'inner conscience' led him to found L'Arche International, the organisation that enables disabled and able bodied people to live together - a model for living together where all thrive, a 'common good'. His message is not only for people with disabilities, but for all of us.

Together for the Common Good is privileged to count him as a friend and supporter. Click on the image below and scroll down to find the link to the interview with Jean Vanier by Nicky Gumbel, filmed for the HTB Leadership conference 2017. Scroll down for another video - of Jean giving a talk in the British Parliament at a special event we hosted in 2015 in partnership with L'Arche.


A few months before he was awarded the 2015 Templeton Prize, T4CG invited Jean Vanier to give an address to a cross party group of MPs and Peers in Parliament. Entitled Living Together for the Common Good: Why Do the Strong Need the Weak? the occasion also included a Q+A with Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols, chaired by the BBC Today Programme's Sarah Montague.  Click on the image below to watch the film.

The panel listening to Jean Vanier

In his first visit to the British Parliament Jean Vanier spoke of how society is impoverished if it fails to embrace the gifts of the marginalised, and what the strong have to gain by living in community with the weak. He speaks about what it means to be a human person, how to break down barriers between people who are different and building community. His insights are not just for people with disabilities, but for all of us.

The event was held by Together for the Common Good in partnership with L'Arche UK, for a cross party gathering of about 80 MPs and Peers, in the River Room at the House of Lords on 19 January 2015.

The common good is an ancient tradition and at the same time a new approach that transcends the old divisions, where each person is required to play a role and take responsibility according to their ability. This is well expressed in the real, lived experience of L’Arche communities. Download briefing paper here.

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