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Chapter 12: The Soul of the Citizen

"We think a lot these days about Circles of Trust as something of a model for the kind of community that needs to be out there for citizens to recover their capacity to approach our common life with decency, openness, generosity and a lack of fear – fear that often paralyzes us and shuts us down," counsels Parker J. Palmer, renowned author, speaker and activist. If we want democracy to work, he says we need a society that is "dotted with circles of people learning to talk to one another in a creative way about common problems on which they have quite different opinions." And Circles of Trust are one way to accomplish that.

This video is part of a series included in “A Hidden Wholeness Hub” that invites us into deeper contemplation of the dynamic between our inner lives and our outer bearing in the world. This video series is referenced in Parker Palmer’s book A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward An Undivided Life. Expanding on the principles and practices developed by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal, these videos offer insight and guidance for all who seek to map an inner journey toward wholeness, to live a more authentic, meaningful and resilient life.

You can find all of the videos in the series and additional resources here.