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Healing the Heart of Democracy

In “Engagement,” Orion, July-August 2004, Terry Tempest Williams writes, “The human heart is the first home of democracy. It is where we embrace our questions. Can we be equitable? Can we be generous? Can we listen with our whole beings, not just our minds, and offer our attention rather than our opinions?” Parker Palmer, in his 2011 book, Healing the Heart of Democracy, anticipates our current situation when he writes, “the politics of our time is the ‘politics of the brokenhearted.’” The question is whether the heart is broken open into a greater capacity to hold the complexities and contradictions of human experience, with the result being new life; or whether the heart is “broken apart into a thousand pieces,” with the result being anger, depression, and disengagement. Using a discussion guide and brief video clips of the author, this class will be a safe space for dialogue, helping each one of us to discover how we might contribute courageously to a “politics worthy of the human spirit.”
Note: This course does not meet on Tuesday, November 21.

Instructor Bio:

Gene Locke, D.Min. is a retired hospital chaplain, clinical pastoral educator, and pastoral counselor. He previously taught the Food for the Soul course for OLLI.

Required Reading:

Palmer, Parker J. Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit, 2011.

Recommended Reading:

Palmer, Parker J. A Hidden Wholeness, 2004. Ferrucci, Piero. The Power of Kindness, 2006. Brueggemann, Walter. Journey to the Common Good, 2010.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B09 Eugene Locke Oct 31, Nov 7, 14, 28, Dec 5 Tu 9:30-11:00 a.m. The Lodge at Old Trail A

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