Sheridan Voysey

Events

  • Chapel Service 03/11/14 Location: Houghton, New York at Houghton College Details
  • Chapel Service 05/11/14 Location: Colorado at Compassion International Details

Sheridan's Twitter

  • @Bob_Gusto Hi Bob. Was Tyler Jackson one of your former students? He recently directed a film on my wife and me. Beautifully done
    about 11 hours ago
  • For ALL of us to answer MT @ThisIsMandi: Lunch convo w/ @sheridanvoysey Are you truly content just being a child of God? #StorylineConf
    about 11 hours ago
  • @ThisIsMandi So nice to meet you Mandi! God bless as you go deeper with him
    about 11 hours ago
  • @sandersonwrites So nice meeting you too, Sam. Your story is powerful because you've walked through the wilderness with Him
    about 12 hours ago
  • @whitbartels So good to meet you too, Whitney! Bless you in your next move
    about 12 hours ago
  • @tammyhelfrich So good to meet you too, Tammy! Looking forward to catching your podcast too
    about 12 hours ago
  • Congrats to the whole @Storyline team for an exceptional #StorylineConf full of fun, laughter, insight, vulnerability, pathos & surprise
    about 13 hours ago
  • Getting exhausted listening to @bobgoff at #StorylineConf: exhausted by the sheer amount of good one can do
    about 13 hours ago
  • @susanisaacs Had to leave early for a meeting but just loved what I got of your #StorylineConf writer's session. #yourocketh
    about 17 hours ago
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    about 18 hours ago

My Latest Book

Resurrection Year 3D (Main)

My Other Books

  • Unseen Footprints 2011 3D Cover_540w       
  • Unseen Footprints UK-US Edition 3D Cover_540w       
  • Open House Volume 3 3D Cover540       
  • Open House Volume 2 3D Cover540       
  • Open House Volume 1 3D Cover540       

Blog

Jean Vanier on Welcoming the Humiliated

http://vimeo.com/36776420

Jean Vanier is founder of L’Arch, a worldwide network of communities that welcome and care for people with learning disabilities. In 1964 he became aware of the thousands of people in France institutionalised with developmental delays. Feeling led by God, Vanier invited two men to leave their institutions and share his home in Trosly-Breuil, France, and today there are now over 130 L’Arch communities around the world.

In this moving 7 minute film from Alter magazine, Jean Vanier tells the story of Pauline, a woman who arrived at L’Arch suffering from epilepsy and paraplegia, and who was quite violent due to decades of humiliation. As Jean explains, Pauline needed more than professional help. She needed to be loved, listened to and helped to discover that ‘she is more beautiful than she dares believe.’

This is a powerful story of how patient, self-giving love can transform shame, jealousy and humiliation. But it takes time. As Jean says, growth is a long road.

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Question: How can we best welcome the humiliated in our own lives? Share your thoughts now 

About Sheridan Voysey

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  • Kerrie

    Be a good listener

    • http://sheridanvoysey.com Sheridan Voysey

      It’s the first step, isn’t it Kerrie. Be there. Sit by them. Listen.

  • Maximus

    My story is also a lifetime one, I’m now in my late 50′s and can still hear my mother saying “we didn’t want you” – believe me It is no small thing.

    • http://sheridanvoysey.com Sheridan Voysey

      Wow Maximus. My prayer for you is that “we didn’t want you” is replaced with “but God did”.

  • Mandy

    The dignity uncovered when intentionally expressed grace is practiced. Reminiscent of the mustard seed.

    • http://sheridanvoysey.com Sheridan Voysey

      So true. And that intentional grace is costly grace – in time and energy. That’s why I believe such love can’t be generated without the indwelling Spirit of God. We’ll soon run out otherwise.

  • Grace Doris

    Having a child with autism, we have seen how our son Callum is treated in the different churches we’ve been in.  We have found that churches with a big emphasis on running programmes, performance, etc struggle to incorporate children and adults with learning difficulties into their community.  We are now in a church where the leaders and people focus mainly on loving God and loving others, and everything they do flows out of that foundation, and naturally, caught up in that, our son Callum is so easily welcomed and loved.  I think churches need to understand what is important – if the focus is on loving God and loving others, inclusion and acceptance of anyone with any disability becomes easier.

    • http://sheridanvoysey.com Sheridan Voysey

      SUCH a valuable insight, Grace. Sadly, most of those programmes would’ve been great ideas when they were first launched; great ways to serve people. But maintaining the machinery can soon become the primary focus. 

      Will take this away with me for the rest of the day.