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The Fruits of Grace

  • Foreword by Thomas F. Best
  • By Minke De Vries, Nancy S. Gower
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Before Taize, there was Grandchamp. The lesser-known Protestant women's community, initiated in 1936, grew out of generations of women's groups in French-speaking Switzerland. It was heavily influenced by Wilfred Monod, the Student Christian movement, Swiss Reformed efforts at liturgical renewal, and Bonhoeffer's Life Together. It was deeply affected by the angst generated by World War II and the search by European Christians for new ways to be Christian. This volume by the third prioress of the Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland reflects on the origins of the community, the sources and development of its spirituality, and on its ministries. Foci include the involvement of the community in the ecumenical movement and in mission around the world. There is also important new information about its interaction with Taize, Catholic religious communities, and the women themselves, as individuals and as a community. Sister Minke de Vries also provides an intimate view into the inner workings of a women's community and the structures of the spiritual practices of the Community of Grandchamp. The Fruits of Grace is a powerful analysis of a European Protestant women's monastic community. ""Sister Minke's book, the fruit of her long years at Grandchamp, is a moving testimony to the wonderful spirit of forgiveness, reconciliation, and striving for unity that animates this wonderful community of Protestant monastic women. It touched me deeply."" --Thomas P. Rausch, SJ, Loyola Marymount University ""The communities of Taize and Grandchamp have much in common. Born from the same milieu, their leaders drew upon one another as they formed and matured as thoroughly ecumenical communities. This translation of Sr. Minke's account of the growth and development of Grandchamp, offered here by Dr. Nancy Gower, an expert on the formation and growth of Taize, brings new insight into their relationship."" --Cecil M. Robeck Jr., Fuller Theological Seminary ""The account of Sister Minke de Vries provides an important insight into the recovery of monasticism within the churches of the Reformation. Her personal perspective as the third prioress of the Community of Grandchamp gives us an insight into the evolution of the community during a period of intensive renewal and ecumenical encounter. Nancy Gower's well-documented introduction provides a window into the origins of the community in the confluence of movements that also gave rise to the communities of Taize and Pomeyrol. This work is a welcome contribution to the history of monasticism and of ecumenical spirituality."" --Catherine E. Clifford, Saint Paul University, Ottawa Minke de Vries became the third prioress of the Community of Grandchamp in 1970. Nancy S. Gower is a historian of Protestant religious communities in Europe and an Oblate at Saint Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, California.

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    • SKU: 9781532602252
    • Manufacturer: Pickwick Pubn
    • Author: Minke De Vries
    • Author: Nancy S. Gower
    • ISBN 13: 9781532602252
    • Publication Date: 03/01/2017
    • Format: Hardcover
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