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Jean Vanier Receives 2015 Templeton Prize

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Jean Vanier receives the 2015 Templeton Prize from Heather Templeton Dill (left) and Jennifer Templeton Simpson (right) at the Templeton Prize ceremony at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, May 18, 2015.
(Photocredit: Templeton Prize: Paul Hackett)
Jean Vanier receives the 2015 Templeton Prize from Heather Templeton Dill (left) and Jennifer Templeton Simpson (right) at the Templeton Prize ceremony at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, May 18, 2015. (Photocredit: Templeton Prize: Paul Hackett)

A ceremony to honor the 2015 Templeton Prize Laureate, Jean Vanier, was held on May 18 at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London. Vanier received the award from Heather Templeton Dill and Jennifer Templeton Simpson, daughters of the late Dr. John M. Templeton Jr., President and Chairman of the John Templeton Foundation.

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Exemplars of Love Studied in L’Arche Communities

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L’Arche communities, founded by the 2015 Templeton Prize Laureate Jean Vanier, have become the focus of a project funded by the John Templeton Foundation to study exemplars of the virtues of care and compassion. “Love, Compassion, and Care: Virtue Science and Exemplarity in Real Life and in the Laboratory” is a joint project between The Travis Research Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary’s Graduate School of Psychology and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

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L’Arche Leads To Caregivers’ Moral Transformation

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In 2007, the John Templeton Foundation’s Humble Approach Initiative held a symposium to address a question posed by L’Arche’s visionary founding leader and 2015 Templeton Prize laureate, Jean Vanier: “What have people with disabilities taught me?” The answers are presented in a book, The Paradox of Disability: Responses to Jean Vanier and L’Arche Communities from Theology and the Sciences.

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Jean Vanier Wins 2015 Templeton Prize

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Jean Vanier, 2015 Templeton Prize Laureate (Photo credit: Templeton Prize / John Morrison)
Jean Vanier, 2015 Templeton Prize Laureate (Photo credit: Templeton Prize / John Morrison)

The 2015 Templeton Prize has been awarded to Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche, a revolutionary network of communities in which people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together as peers. Vanier embodies the three key qualities celebrated by the award, explained Jennifer Simpson, the granddaughter of Sir John Templeton, when the announcement was made at the British Academy in London on March 11: he is an entrepreneur of the spirit whose accomplishments include insight, discovery, and practical works.

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Remembering the Energetic Contributions of Templeton Prize Winner Charles Townes, 1915-2015

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Buckingham Palace, May 4, 2005. Photo credit: Templeton Prize / Clifford Shirley
Buckingham Palace, May 4, 2005. Photo credit: Templeton Prize / Clifford Shirley

Charles Townes, the Nobel laureate best known for his work on the invention of the laser, died on January 27, 2015 at the age of 99. “Wonderful things in both science and religion come from our efforts based on observations, thoughtful assumptions, faith, and logic,” he explained when he received the Templeton Prize in 2005 for his contribution in the field of science and religion. “I feel very humble at being thought to have contributed to such critically important fields as spirituality and the purpose of life.”

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Tomáš Halík Receives 2014 Templeton Prize

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Photo credit: Templeton Prize-Paul Hackett
Photo credit: Templeton Prize-Paul Hackett

Monsignor Professor Tomáš Halík, the winner of the 2014 Templeton Prize and the 44th laureate, received his award during a ceremony in St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, on May 14, 2014. The Czech priest and philosopher, who advanced religious and cultural freedoms after the Soviet invasion of his country, was awarded a check valued at £1.1 million (about $1.8 million or €1.3 million).

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Tomáš Halík Wins 2014 Templeton Prize

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2014 Templeton Prize Laureate Tomáš Halík. Credit: Templeton Prize/Tony Isbitt
2014 Templeton Prize Laureate Tomáš Halík. Credit: Templeton Prize/Tony Isbitt

The 2014 Templeton Prize has been awarded to Msgr. Prof. Tomáš Halík, a Czech priest and philosopher who risked imprisonment for advancing religious and cultural freedoms after the Soviet occupation of his country. He has since become a leading international advocate for dialogue among different faiths and non-believers, arguing that today the key difference is not between theists and atheists, but between “dwellers” and “seekers.”

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