“Healing the Heart of Democracy,” a six-week study session, begins this Sunday, April 3 at 9 a.m. All are invited. This timely study is not about them, “those people” in Washington D.C., or in our state capitals, or on the other side of our two-party system, on whom we blame our political problems. It’s about us, “We the People,” and what we can do in everyday settings like families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations and workplaces to resist divide-and-conquer politics.
The study will draw from the book Healing the Heart of Democracy by Parker Palmer. The book, which participants are encouraged to read, outlines five habits to restore civil discourse and the fabric of a healthy society: 1) an understanding that we are all in this together, 2) an appreciation of the value of “otherness,” 3) an ability to hold tension in life-giving ways, 4) a sense of personal voice and agency, and 5) a capacity to create community.
The sessions will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Melrose, 645 Main St., Sunday mornings, 9-10 am, starting April 3 and ending May 8. Stewart Lanier will facilitate the class.
For more information, visit the website at the Center for Courage and Renewal (couragerenewal.org) to explore related resources and examine the study guide that will be used in the class.