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Announcing Our New Executive Director

The Center for Courage & Renewal is pleased to announce the selection of Terasa Cooley as its next Executive Director. She will join the team on May 30, 2017, with a brief overlap with Terry Chadsey who is retiring after eight years. The selection was made after an extensive national search and selection process. “Terasa’s  Continue Reading »

Free Online Class by Parker Palmer on Bridging the Political Divide

Parker J. Palmer will teach an online course that is open to all from September 5 – 19, 2016. A series of video lectures and discussions, the class can be taken anytime between September 5 – 19, 2016.

How Our Holacracy-Teal Hybrid Helped Us Through Heart Surgery

Although we haven’t adopted Holacracy’s constitution as our formal operating system, we have found aspects of the framework to be a secret ingredient in navigating our own VUCA world.

New Thank You, Teachers Project Launches Wave of Gratitude for Nation’s Teachers

Every day in classrooms across the country, dedicated professionals put in long hours educating students, preparing lessons, grading homework, engaging with families, collaborating with colleagues, and overcoming obstacles. Their work is vital to children, parents, communities, and our future, yet rarely do teachers receive the thanks they deserve. The new Thank You, Teachers Project wants  Continue Reading »

Why the Butterfly Died: The Hazards of Wrong Help

Have you ever had a friend or colleague try to give you helpful advice that wasn’t helpful? Probably your friend had good intentions. Probably they imagined their advice was just what you needed to hear. But in reality, their “help” was irrelevant, misdirected, or even harmful. This kind of thing happens all the time, and  Continue Reading »

Offering and Honoring Open Invitation

In our busy world of must-do’s, should-do’s, and could-do’s, we almost always feel the pressure to live up to expectations. Whether they are someone else’s or our own, these expectations have a way of forming or deforming all we do. Even during a casual, seemingly aimless conversation, I’ve noticed how my desire to leave a  Continue Reading »

Circles of Trust DVD Now Available Online, Free

The paperback release of Parker J. Palmer’s A Hidden Wholeness in 2009 included a companion DVD with 10 brief talks with Parker. At long last we have finished uploading the DVD onto the web so that today, we can offer you this resource for free. ENJOY! All 10 videos are available at http://www.couragerenewal.org/circles-of-trust-dvd ABOUT THE  Continue Reading »

The Inner Life of Poet-Sage Robert Lax, Thomas Merton’s Close Friend

November 30 would have been the 100th birthday of Robert Lax, a poet perhaps best known as Thomas Merton’s close friend. Merton said of Lax, “His was one of the voices through which the insistent Spirit of God was determined to teach me the way I had to travel.” A native of New York, Lax  Continue Reading »

The Everywhere Oracle – a New Poetry Book for the Inner Life

Inside an Ancient Rhythm I was very young with this energy signature of fear, a grip of tension embedded deep in my gut, brought in from Another Time. It sounds like these clicking computer keys: tap tap tap, the clatter of a mind with the 3 a.m. blah blah blahs of small worries. Like unanswered  Continue Reading »

Best Courageous Books of 2015

Like last year, we’re excited to publish a year-end list of our favorite courageous reads of 2015! Use the index below to see books under each topic (the order is random). Books for Everyone Books of Poetry Books for Leaders Books for Educators Books for Health Care Professionals Books for People of Faith Best of  Continue Reading »