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.
A poetic reminder for writers: that the simplest words can be the most powerful.
As the warmth and lush greenery of summer give way to fall in our part of the world, a poem on the hollowness of the coming season, and the promise that rushes in to fill the void.
When the spirit feels leaden, there’s respite in the sunrise that breaks through the night. A poem from Mary Oliver on taking comfort in daybreak.
There’s more to hope than optimism. Parker reads Victoria Safford on what it really means to stand in the place where hard, joyful work makes our vision for change come alive.
It’s scary to surrender control, but good can come from letting the chips fall where they may.
As the air starts to cool and the days shorten, a poetic reflection for this liminal time — on the hidden potential that lies in the season ahead.
A loving ode to ancestral land — and to the body of the earth from which we all come and to which we all return.
We can’t take wilderness retreats every time we feel caught up in the world’s madness, but a poem can be a momentary reprieve.
A poem on letting go of our “known way of being” and discovering the wisdom of letting things unfold around us.
A poem from Gregory Orr on the silver lining of a heart shattered open: the knowledge that our broken places are where beauty comes from.