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The Return of the Prodigal Son Mini-Course
Prodigul Son

“The Return of the Prodigal Son”
Mini-course on Henri Nouwen’s book,
The Return of the Prodigal Son,
a meditation on Rembrandt’s painting

  6 volunteers (first-come, first-serve)
Strong commitment to complete series
When:  Four consecutive Thursdays
            June 6, 13, 20 and 27
            6-8 pm

  “The Return of the Prodigal Son”
  • Session One: A review of the Parable in (Luke 15: 11-32) and Introduction in the Nouwen book (pages 1-19)
  • Session Two: The Younger Son (pages 25-45)
  • Session Three: The Older Son (pages 59-77)
  • Session Four: The Father (pages 89-110)

  • We will read the parable in Luke aloud prior to each session
  • We will write quietly in a journaling exercise
  • We will discuss the assigned topic per class
  • We will generate summary conclusions on the material
  • We will generate a threefold comparison: The Painting by Rembrandt:The Book by Nouwen:The Parable by Luke

What to Bring:

  • A notebook (electronic or pen and pad)
  • A New Testament
  • Henri Nouwen’s Book will be provided for each participant
  • A large poster of the painting will be available for review


  • Your reflections will be written up for a class paper due in July
  • We are interested in your understanding and critique of the methodology
  • We are looking for your thoughts on any positive growth you may have experienced
  • What is your thought on the subject matter?
  • What subject matter (spiritual) are you interested in for the future?

Who:  Vic Pergola, Founder and Managing Principal, PointeVierge

Where & When:

North Ridge Annex, Suite A
Rocky River, Ohio 44116

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