In this Discussion Guide, you’ll find a rich collection of resources for exploring the themes that run through Healing the Heart of Democracy. These include:
- Brief quotations from: (a) the book; (b) related online videos; and (c) a handout titled “Five Habits of the Heart That Help Make Democracy Possible.” All of these are accompanied by questions to help focus the discussion.
- Links to thirty-two brief online videos of Parker Palmer speaking about particular topics. These videos will help group participants feel more directly in dialogue with the author.
- Links to six brief online videos of Parker exploring a question with his friend and colleague, singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer, followed by Carrie singing one of her songs that relates to that question. Music adds a vital dimension to any exploration of our fears and hopes, taking us to depths that words alone can’t reach.
This guide offers a rich collection of resources for individuals and groups. If you are planning to hold a discussion group, we invite you to look through all of these resources to choose those that strike you as best
suited for your group’s participants.