The human heart is the first home of democracy. It is where we embrace our questions. Can we be equitable? Can we be generous? Can we listen with our whole beings, not just our minds, and offer our attention rather than our opinions? And do we have enough resolve in our hearts to act courageously, relentlessly, without giving up—ever—trusting our fellow citizens to join with us in our determined pursuit of a living democracy?
—Terry Tempest Williams
There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.
Prayer acknowledges that God is present and active in our lives. God’s work can be discovered in every moment. On this page you will find reflections, poems, videos designed to lead you into a reflective experience.
Parker J. Palmer’s Five Habits of the Heart
Adapted from Parker J. Palmer, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit (2011)
The Five Habits of the Heart described by Parker Palmer are the first steps toward addressing the challenges of separateness, competitiveness, social passivity, and the heresy of powerlessness in our society today.