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Category Archives: Parker J. Palmer

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.

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 »

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.

bell hooks and Parker J. Palmer dialogue

This dialogue between bell hooks and Parker J. Palmer took place on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, as one of several public events at the 2016 bell hooks Residency at St. Norbert College, where the Cassandra Voss Center serves as a sister-center to hooks’ own bell hooks Institute at Berea College in Kentucky. It was co-sponsored  Continue Reading »

Born Baffled: Musings on a Writing Life

Every now and then, someone asks me for advice on how to become a writer. I aspire to live by the insightful words of theologian Nelle Morton, “Our job is to hear people into speech.”[i] So instead of offering a dozen do’s and don’ts, I ask questions meant to evoke my conversation partner’s inner teacher,  Continue Reading »

Heartbreak, Violence, and Hope for New Life

In respectful acknowledgement of the immense suffering that is happening in places like Baltimore, Maryland, and the nation of Nepal, as well as the immense suffering that continues around the globe without as much visibility, we would like to offer this writing by Parker J. Palmer on the topic of heartbreak, violence and hope. It  Continue Reading »

StoryCorps App Lets You Record Stories

StoryCorps—often heard on NPR—has become a treasured national institution over the past decade. If you’re not familiar with it, click here and listen to some brief but powerful real-life stories. Dave Isay is the founder StoryCorps. He’s a remarkable man I’m privileged to know—remarkable not only because of his many awards, but because his passion is  Continue Reading »

“Welcome to the Human Race” an Interview with Parker J. Palmer on the Topic of Depression

excerpted from Darkness Before Dawn: Redefining the Journey through Depression, April 2015, Sounds True. This experience called “depression” is isolating to a greater extent than I imagined could be survivable, but I realize that this incredibly isolating experience ultimately reconnected me with the human community in a deeper, wider, and richer way. Tami Simon:  Parker,  Continue Reading »

Shadow and Leadership with Parker J. Palmer

This post originally appears on The podcast is credited to Reboot and Jerry Colona. As Carl Jung repeatedly declared, our goal is wholeness, not perfection. People living soulcentrically are not untroubled or unchallenged. They are not beyond experiencing times of confusion, mistakes, and tragedies. They have by no means healed all their wounds. They  Continue Reading »

Thank You from Parker Palmer

It’s hard to find just the right way to say THANK YOU to all who blessed me with kind and generous words on my 76th birthday! But please know that I’ve taken in every birthday greeting with gratitude and wonderment. Thanks, too, for supporting the work of the Center for Courage & Renewal with your  Continue Reading »