This is part two of my 2013 interview with writer, traveling teacher and activist Parker Palmer. As I mentioned in Part One, 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 second part of our discussion, Parker describes the importance of working with others in community, our interdependence, the importance of giving and receiving, the birth of the Circles of Trust process and our calling to become agents of change to address the issues we see in the world.

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


Mark Gilbert

NOTE:  Click here to go to Part 1 of this interview. Click here to go to Part 3.


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!