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Fierce, Beautiful Wholeness: Why I Look Forward to Courage Camp

The wild winds roared the spring I first learned about “hidden wholeness,” blowing in from the Strait of Juan de Fuca and buffeting the shore. I watched the white-capped sea tossing and turning, a constant thrum of energy. At night, as I drifted to sleep, the old Victorian house where I was staying creaked like a ship. I was  Continue Reading »

A Friendship, a Love, a Rescue: An Essay Celebrating Thomas Merton, by Parker J. Palmer

by Parker J. Palmer, from We Are Already One: Thomas Merton‘s Message of Hope, a new collection of essays to celebrate the Centenary of Thomas Merton’s birth, January 31, 1915. …I stand among you as one who offers a small message of hope, that first, there are always people who dare to seek on the  Continue Reading »

I Want to Live Fierce with Reality and Lead from My Self

My work with leaders takes me all over the world and puts me in the company of men and women with tremendous responsibilities in the world of business. I work with major corporations at very senior levels, providing educational programmes; workshops and retreats, around themes of self-development. At first blush it’s a stark contrast to  Continue Reading »

Healing is Soulful Work

I came to the Courage & Renewal Health Care Institute because I believe we need companions for this journey. I don’t think we can do it alone. There are just too many forces that are operating to really destroy courage, to destroy the spirit, that we really want to cultivate and nurture in health care.  Continue Reading »

How do you lead your life?

Is leadership an “out there” enterprise? Is it a function performed by other people — special, chosen others — who stand in front of a group and show us the way? Perhaps… but increasingly I’m realizing that our culture defines leadership too narrowly. What if instead of passing this practice off to the chosen few we  Continue Reading »

Building Trust in Congregations

After attending several Courage to Lead weekend retreats, I wanted to introduce circles of trust in my congregation. I hoped my congregation would experience the gift of being deeply heard and trusting their inner teacher, but I was afraid that if I tried creating something on my own, I wouldn’t maintain the integrity of the  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 »

The Genius of Movements – Choosing Integrity

CNN’s John Blake posted an article we highly recommend: “When the country commemorates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28, some will ask if the nation needs another civil rights movement today. Here’s another question: What makes a movement work in the first place?” Read it at Blake drew on  Continue Reading »

Courage and Lurching

Lurching forward like a toddler learning to walk—this is how I experience life transitions. It doesn’t feel graceful or balanced and I’m acutely aware of my vulnerability as I lean into each next step. I lurch my way through big things like having a baby or deciding where to plant our family after grad school as well as more  Continue Reading »

Learning to Speak from My Soul

A non-incarcerated student from the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program shares from a semester-end speech about how Parker J. Palmer’s book A Hidden Wholeness turned her life around. I am what the program calls an “outside” student. It is a rare opportunity, to be able to enter into a prison and engage with the individuals behind  Continue Reading »