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Healing Democracy Action Circle, Meeting #1
October 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SIX-MONTH ACTION CIRCLE: each meeting is independent. Join us at any time!
We each care about our country, humanity, and the world. We all wish our democracy worked better. We ask, is there something practical and meaningful we can do? There is. Let’s tackle these yearnings together, in community and solidarity. This is not about any candidate, political party, or right/left-red/blue issue. It is about us, “we the people,” in healing dialogue with each other.
In the lead up to 2020 elections, Lee and Karen (aka Rennie) invite you to join us for a series of conversations focused on healing our democracy. We need each other in order to draw out our own power and agency and to extend it to the community and the country at large.
We believe that by thoughtfully focusing on our own internal chaos around politics, and through gentle engaged dialogue with others who share and/or disagree with our confusion and heartache, we will find clarity, strength, and insight. From there, we are better positioned to be servants and leaders for the good of the country – engaged citizens who love others and are able to listen to and speak for what Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.”
Recommended Reading: Parker Palmer’s book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit
We will meet one Friday evening a month from October 2019 through March 2020. The content of our meetings comes from Parker Palmer’s program, The Healing Democracy Action Circle. We’d love to have you join us for the entire series, but please drop in when you can; each meeting stands alone.
October 11. Overview. Introduction to the 5 Habits of the Heart.Habit One: Navigating the paradox of unity and diversity
November 8. Habit Two: Loving “Otherness”
December 13. Habit Three: Creatively Holding the Tension of the Intractable
January 10th. Habit Four: Cultivating individual Agency and Activism
March 13th. What we’ve learned. How to go forward.
Led by: Lee Barron & Rennie Grayson
Cost: No charge. Donations will support this work and help pay for fruit, nuts, and chocolate.
Please email Karen Grayson if you have questions.