Are the elderly ghettoized in our communities? From the Living With Death series from The Work Of The People, Stanley Hauerwas talks about friendship and presence with the elderly. Music by Aaron Strumpel.


  1. Hauerwas uses a living example in the person of Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche community for developmentally disabled persons. How might this person teach us about being present to people who might not be our “natural” friends?
  2. What is the difference between being “present” with someone and “doing something” for someone?
  3. How might this perspective about a friend deepen our definition of friendship?

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