The Growing Edge


Our collaboration in words and music has produced two 90-minute song and spoken word events, written and performed with our good friend and colleague, virtuoso pianist Gary Walters.

In 2012, we created Healing the Heart of Democracy: A Gathering of Spirits for the Common Good.

In 2017, we created What We Need Is Here: Hope, Hard Times & the Human Possibility.

Both shows have been presented multiple times to audiences ranging from 300 to 2000.

Weaving music with the spoken word, these shows engage both the heart and the mind around growing edge questions in areas ranging from personal to vocational to political life.

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The Growing Edge Event

November 15th, 2019

What We Need Is Here: Hope, Hard Times & the Human Possibility

Carrie Newcomer, Parker J. Palmer, and Gary Walters

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION about ticket sales, please call the church at (612) 332-3421.

UPDATE: The folks at Westminster tell us that TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE on October 1. They expect sales to be brisk, so please go to their SITE and purchase yours as soon as you can! We look forward to seeing you there.


February 21 & 22, 2020


What We Need Is Here: Hope, Hard Times & the Human Possibility (Concert & Conversations)

Carrie Newcomer, Parker J. Palmer, and Gary Walters

The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ
17750 S. Cañada
Sahuarita, Arizona 85629

Phone: 520-625-1375 Email:

Friday, February 21, 2020

7:00-8:30 p.m.
Song and spoken word event with Carrie, Parker, and Gary
(reception and book signing follows)
(doors open at 6:00 p.m., please arrive early to allow for parking and check-in)

Saturday, February 22, 2020

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Connecting the Border to a Larger Perspective

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Closing Conversations

"The evening was relaxed and restorative, full of laughter, reflection, poetry and song… Rather than simply enjoying an entertaining performance, the audience was invited to enter into the conversation… At one point everyone spent a few minutes speaking and listening to a partner, making personal connections to the themes and wrestling with the questions posed…"

"Your words and music made me feel more hopeful about myself and the world."

Because we can do no more than two or three of these shows each year, we look for larger audiences and venues.
For booking inquiries, please contact our agent, Mike Green, at Mike Green & Associates, (734) 769-7254.