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Seeing Humanity in the Context of Race and Racism

This opinion piece follows a week of escalating racial tensions around the grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson, a white police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, an African American. The event has sparked heated debate about excessive use of force against people of color. Sherry Watt, a higher education professor and facilitator with a focus on  Continue Reading »

Love As A Core Value

Love: Our work is grounded in love, by which we mean the capacity to extend ourselves for the sake of another person’s growth. Our work in community stretches us to understand, respect, and support each other, teaching us why learning to love is one of the most demanding disciplines we can choose. Why love? Rightly  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 »

On Class & Race: Reflections on the White Privilege Conference (WPC)

It has been over a month since I attended the White Privilege Conference for the first time, and I am still filtering the experience, trying to understand how my internalized sense of “whiteness” separates me from the full expression of my own humanity and keeps me unconsciously aligned with the very forces of injustice and  Continue Reading »

Words of EnCOURAGEment #19 Summer 2012

Terry Chadseyby Terry Chadsey, Executive Director

As we delve deeper into building a networked organization that both embodies and grows distinctive programs and resources to help you connect who you are with what you do, we’ve been revisiting Jim Collins’ monograph, “Good to Great and the Social Sectors.” Collins finds great organizations have “piercing clarity” about the intersection of three questions:

What are you deeply passionate about?

What can you be best in the world at?

What drives your resource engine?

This frame is helpful as we deliver on our mission to nurture personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it.