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Stepping Stones of Courage: Inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Photo by Marion S. Trikosko [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons In our new year of conflict, confusion and cowardice, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. represents a perennial call to compassion, clarity and courage. Compassion in the nonviolent nature of hopeful activism, ally relationships and mindfulness with the marginalized. Clarity about the morality of our actions,  Continue Reading »

Courageous Authenticity: Post-Election Reflections from the Academy for Leaders at Pendle Hill

We began the Academy for Leaders on November 10, 2016, two days after one of the most emotionally divisive, tumultuous, and contentious presidential elections in U.S. history. As leaders from around the U.S. and Canada took their place in the circle we had planned and co-created, “fearful shadows” were present. We felt the weight and  Continue Reading »

Simple Presence: A Wish for the New Year

A few days after moving, I put on my gloves and coat and went for my first walk in the new neighborhood. Sometimes the best way to settle in is to give my body the chance to orient itself, to begin to know a place. I walked up the hill and past the domed church, watching how  Continue Reading »

Parker J. Palmer Reflects on a Lifetime of Learning

This blog features an excerpt from “Parker J. Palmer Reflects on a Lifetime of Learning with Executive Editor, Frank Shushok Jr.” in the journal About Campus. In his Editor’s Note, Frank unpacked the issue’s theme – Learning to Struggle. With Frank’s permission, we’ve excerpted a portion from his note as an introduction to his interview with Parker: The  Continue Reading »

Favorite Courageous Books of 2016

It’s that time of year again! We’re pleased to present this year-end list of our favorite courageous reads of 2016, nominated by our Courage & Renewal facilitators and staff! Use the index below to see books under each topic. Add your own favorite courageous reads in the comment section! Which books inspired, challenged, or nourished  Continue Reading »

The Hidden Gift of VUCA

I was asked to speak recently at an executive seminar on the human cost of VUCA and the role of sanctuary in human formation. The session preceding my own, was a presentation by a leading executive from a major global energy company. The presentation focused on the game-changing nature of the industry today and the  Continue Reading »

In Gratitude

As we turn toward Thanksgiving this week in the United States, I’m remembering the lines by poet Suji Kwock Kim from “Slant”: I can’t help thinking no word will ever be as full of life as this world, I can’t help thinking of thanks. Here are some of the words of gratitude I hold this  Continue Reading »

Passing the Baton: Reflections on Retirement

This is a poignant year for me. In 2009, I surprised myself and applied to be the Executive Director of the Center for Courage & Renewal. Next June, I will retire and pass this role forward to the next ED. My years at the Center have been humbling, enlivening, challenging and fulfilling. I’ve always thought  Continue Reading »

You Don’t Have to Know What Is Happening

Where do we find courage, faith and hope to keep going in the hard times? Courage is never convenient. Faith isn’t a faucet you turn on and off. And hope is a choice. Courage, faith and hope may arise in our hearts if we’re willing to look inside for some answers and truth. The courage  Continue Reading »

Ever Widening Circles of Us

When we hear about how people are reflecting on and sharing Courage & Renewal work in their sacred spaces, homes, and communities, we’re always curious to learn more about their stories and how they were drawn to this work. We asked John McNeill, pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Ithaca, NY, Karen Kaufmann,  Continue Reading »