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L'Arche Portland congratulates and thanks L'Arche founder Jean Vanier, who accepted the Templeton Prize yesterday at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London.
In his acceptance speech, Jean Vanier expressed his hope that the revolution that L'Arche is helping to realize continues to make us conscious of an evolving world, "a world where we have to discover that each person is precious." He spoke of the challenges of living life in community and the "messy business" that results. "To love is a long road. It takes time and it takes us to discover that we have to be a victory over ourselves." However, to do so means we gain in love, in freedom, in the ability to become more fully human: "To grow in community is to live in victory... a victory over the ego." Throughout his remarks, Vanier reflected on his companions with intellectual disabilities who have been there with him over the last 50 years, deepening his own awareness, and he accepted the award on behalf of them. "My hope is that the message doesn't stop at the messenger but we get the meaning of the message... is the beauty, the value, of people with disabilities. So I rejoice in the award which will return to people with disabilities."
-- Jean Vanier, 2015 Templeton Prize Laureate and founder of L'Arche
About the John Templeton Foundation/Templeton Prize
The Templeton Prize honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works. Established in 1972 by the late Sir John Templeton, the Prize aims, in his words, to identify "entrepreneurs of the spirit"—outstanding individuals who have devoted their talents to expanding our vision of human purpose and ultimate reality. The Prize celebrates no particular faith tradition or notion of God, but rather the quest for progress in humanity’s efforts to comprehend the many and diverse manifestations of the Divine. Men and women of any creed, profession, or national origin may be nominated for the Templeton Prize. The distinguished roster of previous winners includes include Desmond Tutu, The 14th Dalai Lama, Inamullah Kahn, Mother Teresa, representatives of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, and others. The Prize has been awarded to scientists, philosophers, theologians, members of the clergy, philanthropists, writers, and reformers, for work that has ranged from the creation of new religious orders and social-spiritual movements to human sciences scholarship, to research about the fundamental questions of existence, purpose and the origins of the universe.