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New Interview: Parker J. Palmer Speaks on Jean Vanier

Parker Palmer was recently interviewed by one of our facilitators, Dan Hines, about his profound respect for Jean Vanier, the writer/humanitarian/philosopher and L’Arche Community founder. As both a realist and an idealist, Vanier represents an embodied example of leading with love in the face of some of the world’s truly heart-breaking and yet also most  Continue Reading »

Parker Palmer on Standing in the Tragic Gap

“By the tragic gap I mean the gap between the hard realities around us and what we know is possible — not because we wish it were so, but because we’ve seen it with our own eyes.” —Parker J. Palmer Where do you see the tragic gap? You can read more about Parker Palmer’s ideas  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 »

What’s the value of staying true to self?

What is the cost of not cultivating our own integrity? Some say this is “touchy feely,” or “it would be nice if we had the time and resources,”  or “it is really not about the important stuff.” Nothing could be further from what I know is true. The cost can ripple out into the world  Continue Reading »

Healing Democracy One Circle at a Time

We’ve been so moved by the comments and emails we’ve been getting from those of you embarking on the Healing Democracy Action Circles this spring. We decided to start a series in which we’ll interview rabble rousers across the nation who are gathering their neighbors, friends, co-workers, and colleagues to be reanimate public life. The  Continue Reading »

Reclaiming the sacredness of stories

By Courtney E. Martin As you gather in your groups once again, we point you towards one of the contemporary masters of creating conversation: Story Corps. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at  Continue Reading »

Tune in on Saturday!

When Marianna Cacciatore, of Bread for the Journey International, interviews Parker Palmer about Healing the Heart of Democracy. From Marianna: In these cynical times, we think of politics as the purview of powerful politicians. Palmer dispels that idea by offering thoughtful insight, historical examples, and practical ideas to get us thinking of ways we can  Continue Reading »

An Interesting Mention

Krista Tippett of NPR’s Speaking of Faith mentions Parker Palmer in this interview in yesterday’s Washington Examiner.  Not surprisingly, she says she has been influenced by Parker’s ideas about creating “quiet, inviting, trustworthy spaces” for the soul to speak.  She says,” I have tried to create a quiet, inviting and trustworthy media space to draw  Continue Reading »

YES! Magazine Exemplary Essays Project

Parker Palmer’s recent interview in YES! Magazine was used as a writing prompt in the YES! Exemplary Essays project. Students in Professor Victor Nolet and Rosalie Romano’s “Introduction to Educational Inquiry” course at Western Washington University’s Woodring School of Education read and responded to the YES! Magazine article Know Yourself, Change the World. Two of  Continue Reading »