Our friend Greg Ellison is Professor of Pastoral Care & Counseling at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is founder of Fearless Dialogues, a nonprofit that creates unique spaces for unlikely partners to have hard, heartfelt conversations on taboo subjects like racism, classism, and community violence.
To live an undivided life, to follow the call to wholeness, may at times feel lonely when others express discomfort, concern, or view what we are doing as dangerous.
April is a time of transitioning as we emerged for a long winter into the promise of new growth. We. bring with us what we learned from the dark months, as we step into moments of awe and wonder, glimpses of light, encouragement and gratitude.
Carrie and Parker discuss The Growing Edge March question of the month. March 20 is the first day of spring, and spring is the season of mud and miracles-which makes spring a lot like life itself! So our Growing Edge Question of the Month for March is this: How do you hold the eternal mix of mud and miracles in your life? How do you understand the mud, and what do you learn from it? What do you regard as miraculous, and how do you give thanks for it?
Carrie and Parker discuss The Growing Edge February question of the month. In February nature maintains a state of stillness in order to nurture its own growing edges. But we live in a culture that values (and sometimes requires) speeding. Parker and Carrie discuss slowing, stopping, lying low whether by choice or necessity. What do we learn, what can only happen when given time and space? What does it mean to live at the speed of our own souls?
Join us at the turn of the year as we explore the topic of getting unstuck and what it means to begin again. In this episode Carrie and Parker discuss the January question of the month:
“Where are you feeling called to ‘begin again’? Are there areas of your life and work where you’re feeling stuck, where would it be life-giving for you—and maybe for others—to gather up what you’ve learned and make a fresh start?”
Parker J. Palmer and Carrie Newcomer are joined by a special guest, poet Naomi Shihab Nye, in a lively conversation about gift-giving and -receiving, and paying attention to the everyday gifts of life. Naomi is a much-loved, prize-winning poet with a passion for life, and for justice for the maligned and oppressed.
Carrie & Parker discuss where the personal meets the political at the Growing Edge, exploring the human heart as “the first home of democracy.”
We had a wonderful time recording the third episode of The Growing Edge Podcast. Join us as we discuss the October question of the month about naming and claiming our past growth even as we continue to be in process today.
Parker and I had a wonderful time with our second The Growing Edge Podcast. Join Parker and Carrie as they discuss the September question of the Month about fear, courage, mentors and what it means to see and be seen.
As we look toward our own growing edges—especially in hard times—many of us find ourselves torn between hope and hopelessness. How do you understand “hope?” What have you learned about holding to hope even when things seem hopeless? Or do you agree with folks who say that hope can be an obstacle to dealing with the present moment?