This is part three of my 2013 interview with writer, traveling teacher and activist Parker Palmer. As I mentioned previously (link to Part One) (link to Part Two), Parker is the author of numerous books such as The Courage to Teach, A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Towards an Undivided Life and his most recent one, Healing the Heart of Democracy. His work with the Circles of Trust process led to the founding of the Center for Courage & Renewal, an organization that has trained thousands of people in how to cultivate their inner capacity to lead a more authentic, meaningful and engaged life. Or, as Parker puts in, “to meld soul and role”.

In this concluding segment of our conversation, we discuss the “tragic gap” between what we know is possible for humanity versus our current experience, the importance of sacred social activism and the difference between “effectiveness” and a higher standard of “faithfulness”.

For more information on Parker’s books, click here.


Mark Gilbert

NOTE: I wish to express my sincere gratitude to Parker for giving me permission to share this audio recording here.


Check out all of Mark Gilbert’s books—available at Amazon. Click here to visit his Author Page. This includes his very latest one Becoming a Spiritual Change Agent. Check it out!