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The World Needs More Kindness. Here’s How You Can Help.

Strength in Kind Leadership When my daughter was 15 years old she had to give a brief speech in front of a congregation as part of a “coming of age” ceremony for the youth group. Josie was a wisp of a girl and she did not like the spotlight, which had always been an odd paradox.  Continue Reading »

Valarie Kaur Wants Us to Reclaim Love as a Revolutionary Act. But How?

If you don’t know who Valarie Kaur is, you absolutely should. Kaur is a civil rights activist, lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, faith leader, and educator. She is also the founder of the Revolutionary Love Project, an organization that “produces stories, tools, curricula, conferences, films, and mass mobilizations rooted in the ethic of love.” Originally hailing from Clovis, California, where  Continue Reading »

Where Does Joy Fit In to Courage?

We’re claiming 2018 as a year of courage. As our new book, The Courage Way, arrives in the world this week, may it expand your sense of courage and possibility. We must assume our existence as broadly as we in any way can; everything, even the unheard-of, must be possible in it. That is at bottom the  Continue Reading »

Finding Direction and Purpose in Times of Transition

I discovered the Center for Courage & Renewal through a couple of odd coincidences. My own 40-year reunion class of Carleton College, 2016, had sent out Parker Palmer’s book Let Your Life Speak. While I read the book and was intrigued and interested, it was really a second nudge—or coincidence or sign—that gave me the push  Continue Reading »

Fired Up About Social Justice and Self-Care in Community

What gets me fired up is how to better connect individual wellbeing, awareness, and self-care with community wellbeing, especially through methods that address and reverse social injustice. I greatly wanted to connect with other leaders who are interested in mobilizing these shared efforts. That’s why I applied to attend the Courage to Lead for Young  Continue Reading »

Bridging the Gap Between Immigrant Farmworkers and University Students

We are fortunate to have an Inner Life of Teaching & Leadership cohort at Cornell University, a circle of trust that meets monthly for faculty and staff. We have two cohorts at any one time – one year-long experience for new applicants and another into which participants can flow after that first year. Mary Jo  Continue Reading »

Faithfulness To Our Profession as Teachers

Jennifer Cheatham, superintendent of schools in Madison, Wisconsin, reflects on teacher activism, the importance of reflection, and a recent conversation she had with Parker Palmer.

Planting Seeds of Heart in South Korea

Terry Chadsey goes to South Korea to train educators and leaders in the Seeds of Heart affiliate program of the Center for Courage & Renewal.

Seizing Teachable Moments: An African-American Professor’s Reflections of Conversations on Race and Culture with White Students

  Over the past twelve years, I have functioned in the capacity of both adjunct faculty and National Faculty at Lesley University, a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I have had the distinct pleasure of teaching courses across the United States for the division of Creative Arts in Learning (CAL) as a part of the  Continue Reading »

Wanna’ know how to cope with climate change? Start with changing yourself.

Courage & Renewal facilitator Mardi Tindal reflects on her calling to be a voice for climate change, whether in her official capacity that took her to the Paris COP21 climate talks, or in her more recent role in life as an elder.