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Habits of the Heart

Being Fully Present at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21)

It’s almost as if Mardi packed the Five Habits of the Heart in her suitcase when she went to the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015. She certainly held them in her heart and mind as a way to be fully present as leader of the United Church of Canada delegation. We talked with  Continue Reading »

“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 »

Habits of the Heart – A Different Slant on Heart Health Month

February 18, 2014 In honor of American Heart Health Month, we give you a different slant on the heart. In Parker J. Palmer ‘s latest book, Healing the Heart of Democracy, he calls us to embrace how profoundly interconnected we all are — or can be. In this video below, Parker describes each of the five  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 »

Welcome to Betty’s Diner

Where does the spirit of goodness move through our lives? Maybe it’s in the daily and unexpected places. Parker J. Palmer talks with Carrie Newcomer about her song, Betty’s Diner, and how it illustrates the second habit of the heart Parker writes about in Healing the Heart of Democracy. Visit with the folks in Betty’s  Continue Reading »

Letters to Self Remind Us to Stay True

Remembering the Habits of the Heart Retreat and Learning Conference He was debriefing a week-long backpacking trip along the Appalachian Trail this summer when two teenage girls approached my husband Rush, a United Methodist youth pastor, at the camp site. They wanted to remember rightly. The first said, “Rush, when we get home and the  Continue Reading »

Recovering Hope, Poetry and Connection in Health Care

I recently attended the conference/retreat “Integrity in Health Care: The Courage to Lead in a Changing Landscape.” I arrived there in the usual state for me, tired, stressed and struggling to balance all of my clinical and administrative responsibilities with the rest of my life. I work as a psychiatrist and as Clinical Director at  Continue Reading »

Habits of the Heart for Church Leaders

I begin this year with gratitude – gratitude deeper than I would have predicted. It was a privilege to serve as Moderator of The United Church of Canada from August 2009 to August 2012, but there were times when I felt I’d be lucky to survive. Thankfully, I completed my term feeling whole, even if  Continue Reading »

Join Parker J. Palmer in a 4-week online workshop at Cojourneo

NOTE: This online workshop is no longer available as of July 2015. Want to take one of my workshops without leaving home? Well, I’m venturing into the brave new world of online education, and I want company! From March 29 to April 25, I’ll lead a four-session online workshop hosted by my friends at Cojourneo  Continue Reading »

Can We Talk About Our Disagreements?

Courage & Renewal experiences help people practice a new way of having conversations that matter. In this guest blog, Rev. Nathan E. Kirkpatrick (a Courage & Renewal facilitator) suggests a way to hold the tensions in faith communities in more life-giving ways, even in a culture of divisive politics and broken systems. As discussions and  Continue Reading »