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Healing the Heart of Democracy, with Parker Palmer

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?” (“Engagement,” Orion, July-August 2004) 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 day-long "retreat" 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” to move past our divisions and contribute to the common good.

Instructor Bio:

Gene Locke, D.Min. is a retired hospital chaplain, clinical pastoral educator, and pastoral counselor. He previously taught the courses Food for the Soul and Healing the Heart of Democracy 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
A500 Eugene Locke Oct 5 Fr 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. YMCA WL

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