is a columnist for On Being. His column appears every Wednesday.
He is a Quaker elder, educator, activist, and founder of the Center for Courage & Renewal. His books include A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life, and Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. His book On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old will be published in June.
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.
Can we stop trying to fool each other and start telling the truth, “lest the parade of our mutual life get lost in the dark?”
Gentle guidance for how to write — or simply to stay centered in our lives — from the poet Wendell Berry.
Parker Palmer asks us to consider: Are we using whatever power we have in the service of love? In remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy.
A poem from Mary Oliver transforms the depths of winter into wonder at its otherworldly beauty.
A blessing and a challenge for the holidays: to keep a spirit of gratitude and giving no matter the season.
From the solitude of nature, a poem on reclaiming a sense of welcome in our own lives.
A hopeful poem by Portia Nelson on the slow but cathartic process of breaking out of our harmful habits.
On stripping away the clutter of life to live more deeply, inspired by a Mary Oliver poem on the clarity that comes from winter’s sparseness.