Healing the heart of democracy

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

Hope for American democracy in an era of deep divisions In Healing the Heart of Democracy, Parker J. Palmer quickens our instinct to seek the common good and gives us the tools to do it. This timely, courageous and practical work--intensely personal as well as political--is not about them, those people in Washington D.C., or in our state capitals, on whom we blame our political problems. Its about us, We the People, and what we can do in everyday settings like families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations and workplaces to resist divide-and-conquer politics and restore a government of the people, by the people, for the people.

In the same compelling, inspiring prose that has made him a bestselling author, Palmer explores five habits of the heart that can help us restore democracys foundations as we nurture them in ourselves and each other:


An understanding that we are all in this together An appreciation of the value of otherness An ability to hold tension in life-giving ways A sense of personal voice and agency A capacity to create community Healing the Heart of Democracy is an eloquent and empowering call for We the People to reclaim our democracy. The online journal Democracy & Education called it one of the most important books of the early 21st Century. And Publishers Weekly, in a Starred Review, said This beautifully written book deserves a wide audience that will benefit from discussing it.
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How to harness the redemptive light that comes through the fissures of democracy is what educator, activist, and poet laureate of the human spirit Parker Palmer b. February 28, explores in Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit public library — a book originally published years ago, the timelessness and timeliness of which is being proven daily. The heart is where we integrate what we know in our minds with what we know in our bones, the place where our knowledge can become more fully human. Cor is also the Latin root from which we get the word courage. When all that we understand of self and world comes together in the center place called the heart, we are more likely to find the courage to act humanely on what we know. Instead, it is an expression for the language of human wholeness.

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?

For those of us who want to see democracy survive and thrive—and we are legion—the heart is where everything begins: that grounded place in each of us.
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You are currently using the site but have requested a page in the site. Would you like to change to the site? Parker J. Palmer quickens our instinct to seek the common good and gives us the tools to do it. This timely, courageous and practical work—intensely personal as well as political—is not about them , "those people" in Washington D. It's about us , "We the People," and what we can do in everyday settings like families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations and workplaces to resist divide-and-conquer politics and restore a government "of the people, by the people, for the people. In the same compelling, inspiring prose that has made him a bestselling author, Palmer explores five "habits of the heart" that can help us restore democracy's foundations as we nurture them in ourselves and each other:.

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For those of us who want to see democracy survive and thrive—and we are legion—the heart is where everything begins: that grounded place in each of us where we can overcome fear, rediscover that we are members of one another, and embrace the conflicts that threaten democracy as openings to new life for us and for our nation. In his latest book, Parker J. The Center has compiled a range of on-line resources that help individuals and groups explore ideas and implications for civic renewal. See blog posts tagged on the topic of democracy and habits of the heart. Season of Civility resources. We offer this alphabetical list of organizations we admire for their commitment to citizenship, diversity, democracy and civic engagement, not to mention storytelling and poetry.

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