One of my all-time favorite authors who writes with depth and wisdom about connecting and deepening communities of compassion is Parker Palmer. And one of the most meaningful and practical books for our times is his The Hidden Wholeness.
During this summer, as we continue to try to find our way into a “new normal”, one of the most important things we can do is gather with others in soulful ways that can help us explore deeply our current challenges. And with a deepening trust in the grace and guidance of God, together we can create a more just and compassionate future.
Over the next three weeks, we will be exploring themes in The Hidden Wholeness in our open “Practicing Prayerful Presence” groups that meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 –1 0:30 am. (You are welcome to attend one or all sessions, and you do not need to read the book to be in the conversation.)
Also, this week we have a special opportunity to join via Zoom Parker Palmer and others in a conversation about “The Hidden Wholeness”! He and his writings are wonderful resources for exploring how we can learn to be more aware of grace throughout each day. And through more subtle awareness, discover ways of being that help us experience God’s gift of healing and wholeness beneath all the busy-ness and brokenness. In other words, as we become more intentional about following the way of Jesus and being in the Spirit, we are more able to “be the church” and be a more soulful presence, wherever we may be.
A “community that knows how
to welcome the soul and helps hear its voice —
I call a “circle of trust”.”
— Parker J. Palmer
Parker Palmer’s connection to our church – In one of those “God things”, Parker and a favorite singer/songwriter, Carrie Newcomer, came together on stage for the first time at our Wesley Hall almost 15 years ago. It was one of those things God seemed to want to happen, and we were able to offer a place for them to work creatively together. Since that time 15 years ago, they have helped many others into sacred conversations in circles of trust. Currently, they have this regular podcast that I highly recommend titled “The Growing Edge”.
“Wholeness does not mean (flawless) perfection: it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life.” — Parker Palmer
So come join us wherever you are, for any or all of these gatherings from June 23rd – July 16th. All are welcome! Together we will explore the Hidden Wholeness beneath the surface of our brokenness.
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
9:30 – 10:30 am | Zoom
The session with Parker Palmer will be Thursday June 24th, from 6:00 7:30 pm. Click here to learn more about the Zoom gathering with Parker Palmer.
Hope to see you Thursday June 24th at 6 pm, (you do need to pre-register) and any of our MWF 9:30 – 10:30 am groups (no need to register) as we explore themes in this life-changing book that helps us connect role and soul.
Dr. Len Delony
Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation