Road to Guadalupe: Hope and Moral Identity in L’Arche Communities for the Developmentally Disabled

Kevin S. Reimer

Kevin S. Reimer argues that hope contributes to the development of maturity in moral identity. The context for this discussion is a research project on compassionate love in L’Arche communities. Best known through the writings of Jean Vanier and Henri Nouwen, L’Arche is a network of Christian homes for disabled individuals and their caregiver assistants. Narrative accounts from L’Arche caregivers illustrate the relational, spiritual, and goal-oriented features of moral identity formation. The article anticipates a forthcoming book entitled Living L’Arche (Continuum, 2009). Mr. Reimer is Professor of Psychology at Azusa Pacific University.

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