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Parker J. Palmer

Parker J. Palmer was a columnist for On Being from 2014 to 2018. He is a Quaker elder, educator, activist, and founder and senior partner emeritus of the Center for Courage & Renewal; his latest project is The Growing Edge. His books include Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit and Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. His latest book is On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old.


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There is joy in seeking out the boundless newness of the world. To embrace this is to welcome the uncertain, the mysterious, the unknowable — whether you are in the spring of youth or the sunset of seniority.
For Black History Month, Parker Palmer commemorates Rosa Parks’s courageous act of civil disobedience and the great change that can come from resisting one’s own diminishment.