Book cover Encountering the Other

Encountering “the Other”

Paulist Press

The reflections in this book come from talks that Jean Vanier gave at a conference in June 2004. The conference gathered people from many religious backgrounds and nationalities to encounter difference and to explore and celebrate that difference. A fundamental principle of encountering another in peace is a belief that each person is important. Even if you cannot speak, writes Vanier, even if you cannot walk, even if you’ve been abandoned, you have a gift to give the other. What makes this work particularly meaningful is the communication and mutual trust that Vanier draws attention to: we must discover how to enter into each other’s story so that there is dialogue and mutual trust.