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“And” is the Way of Mercy

Editor’s Note: Dr. R. Scott Colglazier is a pastor, author, and speaker, but for a few short days at our annual Habits of the Heart for Healthy Congregations retreat, his principle role become ‘learner.’ Below are his daily reflections on the theme of the retreat, “Embracing the Tensions of Ministry.” To read more, visit his Take a  Continue Reading »

Selma and The Heart’s Alchemy: People Can Change

Here in the U.S. today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so we’d like to celebrate with a story about the Civil Rights Movement era. The following passage is from the new introduction to Parker J. Palmer’s Healing the Heart of Democracy. It’s a story about the pilgrimage to Selma, faith in humanity, and the  Continue Reading »

Parker Palmer Addresses the State of the Heart

Like President Obama, Parker J. Palmer is concerned with the State of our Union. But unlike the President, when Parker spoke publicly about his concerns this week, his prescriptions for the future didn’t include policy measures or executive orders. Instead, Parker shared the Five Habits of the Heart essential to revitalize our democracy with guest  Continue Reading »

What Gov. Martin O’Malley is Reading

by Parker J. Palmer AP Photo As I posted on April 27 [on Facebook], I was privileged to spend an evening with the Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) of Maryland, his wife and son, and twenty-five of his colleagues and friends at Government House in late March. I like his politics—and I like the fact that  Continue Reading »

Our Big Week with Parker J. Palmer in Seattle

It’s a big week for us here in Seattle as we host a series of events with our founder, Parker J. Palmer. He will be speaking to sold-out crowds at three large venues on Healing the Heart of Democracy: Civil Community, Creative Conflict, and the Common Good. We appreciate everyone who has made plans to spend  Continue Reading »

Politics from the Heart: An Interview with Parker J. Palmer

After five years as a community organizer, Parker J. Palmer became enamored with the Quaker tradition of social justice. He believes when “we, the people” re-examine connections to beliefs and communities, it creates an opportunity to heal an ailing democracy. I encountered the work of Parker J. Palmer in the early 1990s, when a friend  Continue Reading »

A Year at Mission Hill – Chapter 10: The Freedom to Teach

This ten minute video clip is inspiring and heart breaking. It is a clear example of a group of educators trying to heal the heart of democracy. (The work that Parker J. Palmer calls us to in his latest book. Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create A Politics Worthy of the Human  Continue Reading »

Words of EnCOURAGEment #20 Fall 2012

We’re all in this together by Terry Chadsey, Executive Director I write less than a week before the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election. Yet our news is dominated by the unprecedented damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast, which also left death and destruction for our neighbors across the Caribbean. The greatest cost of such  Continue Reading »

What’s “My Vote Doesn’t Matter” All About?

How often do you hear someone say, “My vote doesn’t matter” whether you are in the U.S. or another democracy elsewhere in the world? I hear this surprisingly regularly when I broach the subject of politics with people I know and people I don’t and I’m a privileged white man. This is why I found the  Continue Reading »

Visiting a Cathedral to Democracy

I had the privilege of seeing our democracy with new eyes this August when six teacher/facilitators from South Korea went with me to Madison, Wisconsin. While the initial premise of the trip was to visit Parker Palmer, we took a side trip to to the Wisconsin State Capitol This core team has grown Korean Circle  Continue Reading »