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Healing the Heart of Democracy—The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit

In this book, Parker J. Palmer quickens our instinct to seek the common good, proposing practical ways to bridge our political divides. In this intensely personal as well as political book, Palmer explores five “habits of the heart” that can be developed in everyday settings like families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations and workplaces to help restore a government “of the people, by the people, for the people”.

This six-week study, facilitated by Suzanne Harbster, will discuss in detail the five habits of the heart from Palmer’s book and will include select videos from his site and discussion questions. The class will be offered Mondays, starting July 12, on Zoom from 6:30-7:30pm. To sign up, please email Suzanne by Wednesday, July 7.

It is not necessary to purchase the book, however, it may be used as a follow up to the study, as not all of the rich and heart-bending material in the book will be covered.

Week 1: Introducing concepts of common good, democracy, politics, heart, individualism, and communalism.

Week 2: Habit 1: An understanding that we are all in this together.

Week 3: Habit 2: An appreciation of the value of otherness,

Week 4: Habit 3: An ability to hold tension in life-giving ways.

Week 5: Habit 4-A sense of personal voice and agency.

Week 6: Habit 5-A capacity to create community.