Concordia library hosts book study on ‘Healing the Heart of Democracy’

March 5, 2012 by

The Frank Carlson Library is hosting a book study to read and discuss the latest work by author and activist Parker J. Palmer.

“Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit” is Palmer’s ninth book. Published in 2011, “Healing the Heart” “looks with realism and hope at how to deal with our political tensions for the sake of the common good — without the shouting, blaming, or defaming so common in our politics today,” wrote one reviewer. “… Palmer builds on his own extensive experience as an inner life explorer and social change activist to examine the personal and social infrastructure of American politics.”

The discussions begin Thursday, March 22, and will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the library. People interested in taking part are asked to register with Denise de Rochefort-Reynolds at the library – 785/243-2250 — by March 20.

Those taking part may order a copy of the book through Manna House of Prayer (785/243-4428) before March 12. The cost is $16.50.

Participants may also order books through Amazon or any other book seller, and each participant needs to have his or her own copy. There is no charge for taking part in the book study group.

Participants are asked to read the book’s “Prelude” before the first group meeting. The remaining group sessions will be March 29, April 12 and 26 and May 10.

The book study is co-sponsored by the library and the Concordia Year of Peace Committee.

Palmer is a writer, speaker, and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. His work speaks to people in many walks of life, including public and higher education, health care, religion, business, philanthropy, community organizing and grassroots social change.

He is founder and senior partner of the national Center for Courage and Renewal, which oversees “Courage to Teach” and “Courage to Lead” programs. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as numerous honorary doctorates and educational awards. In 2010, he received the William Rainey Harper Award whose previous recipients include Margaret Mead, Elie Wiesel and Marshall McLuhan.

A member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker), Palmer lives in Madison, Wis.

 

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One Response to “Concordia library hosts book study on ‘Healing the Heart of Democracy’”

  1. Loretta A. Jasper csj on March 8th, 2012 5:33 pm

    I will borrow someone’s book when the discussion is completed…regrets re.: attendance.

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