Developing Habits for the Heart 

July 22, 2013

Renowned educator/activist Parker Palmer recently spoke about his current book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit (2011), at a Seattle Interfaith breakfast.

Focusing on the five ‘habits of the heart’ (a phrase coined by author Alexis de Tocqueville) that make democracy possible, Parker points out:

  1. An understanding that we are all in this together
  2. An appreciation of the value of “otherness”
  3. An ability to hold tension in life-giving ways
  4. A sense of personal voice and agency
  5. A capacity to create community

“Habits of the heart are deeply ingrained ways of seeing, being and responding to life that involve our minds, our emotions, our self-images, our concepts of meaning and purpose. I believe that these five interlocked habits are critical to sustaining a democracy,” says Parker.

The gathering concluded with the invitation for faith communities to be ‘safe spaces’ for civil discourse.

“I look forward to finding ways that Plymouth can be a part of this critical need,” adds Rev. Remole.

Topics: Books, Church Life



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