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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 »

Circles of Trust DVD Now Available Online, Free

The paperback release of Parker J. Palmer’s A Hidden Wholeness in 2009 included a companion DVD with 10 brief talks with Parker. At long last we have finished uploading the DVD onto the web so that today, we can offer you this resource for free. ENJOY! All 10 videos are available at ABOUT THE  Continue Reading »

Let’s Talk about the Inner Life of the Rebel

When we heard that Parker Palmer was going to be on stage with Courtney Martin at PopTech 2014, in a conversation hosted by OnBeing’s Krista Tippett, we really wished we could be there. The theme of this year’s event is Rebellion and it sounds right up our alley: “The spirit of rebellion is at the  Continue Reading »

The New York Times Interviews Parker Palmer

On September 4, the online New York Times posted an interview with Parker, Reclaiming ‘We the People,’ One Person at a Time. In case you didn’t see Parker’s note about it on Facebook, we’ve reposted it here. There’s an interview with me in [the] online New York Times that focuses on my book, “Healing the Heart  Continue Reading »

People Can Change

To celebrate the paperback release of Parker Palmer’s book, Healing the Heart of Democracy, we’d like to share a story from the book’s new Introduction. This is the first time Parker tells this story in print. It’s about forgiveness and hope. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ In March 2011, shortly after I sent the final  Continue Reading »

Parker Palmer’s Thirteen Ways of Looking at Community
(…with a fourteenth thrown in for free)

“The Inner Edge,” August/September 1998 [Note] The title, and only the title, was inspired by the poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” by Wallace Stevens (see The subtitle was inspired by late-night TV infomercials. I. Whether we know it or not, like it or not, honor it or not, we are embedded  Continue Reading »

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 »

Words of EnCOURAGEment #31 February 2014

As Parker writes in A Hidden Wholeness, “All of the great spiritual traditions want to awaken us to the fact that we cocreate the reality in which we live. And all of them ask two questions intended to help keep us awake: “What are we sending from within ourselves out into the world, and what  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 »

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.