Resources

Pre-reading for January 2021 Courage Circle Sampler

Touchstones – Center for Courage & Renewal

Handouts from May and November 2019
“Earth-Centred Habits of the Heart”

Flipchart quotes (scroll down for inspiring quotations below)
Touchstones – Center for Courage & Renewal
Five Habits of the Heart – Parker Palmer
Habit #1 We’re all in this together
To Be of the Earth – John Soos
Habit #2 Appreciating the value of otherness
Almost a Conversation – Mary Oliver
Habit #3 Holding tension in life-giving ways
Habit #4 Finding voice and agency
The Gates of Hope – Victoria Safford
Habit #5 Creating Community
Turning to One Another – Margaret Wheatley

SONGS:
Bring ‘Em All In – Mike Scott
I’m gonna walk it with you – Brian Claflin and Ellie Grace
One voice – Wailing Jenny’s
The lifeboat song – Frank Turner
We shall be known – MaMuse

Handouts from Sept-Oct 2018, “Courage Earth – Where personal meets political”

Event Poster
Flipchart quotes
Touchstones – Center for Courage & Renewal
Five Habits of the Heart – Parker Palmer
The Art of Facing Things – Mark Nepo
Mobius strip instructions
Courage is born of struggle – Brene Brown & Krista Tippett
The Gates of Hope – Victoria Safford
Bring ‘Em All In– Mike Scott
Timeframe for Clearness Committees
Clearness Committees – Parker Palmer
198 methods for non-violent-action Gene Sharp
Stand Your Ground – Kristia DiGregorio

Handouts from March 2018 “Courage Earth”

Series outline
March 20 – Starting close in – how courage feels and where it comes from
Touchstones
Listening to Spring – Macrina Wiederkehr
Stand Your Ground – Kristia DiGregorio
March 27 – The courage to face things
The Art of Facing Things – Mark Nepo
Bring ‘Em All In– Mike Scott
April 3 – Moving outward – where is courage needed
Williams, Whyte, Graham, Moore
Courage is born of struggle – Brene Brown & Krista Tippett
April 10 – Blending the inward with the outward
The courage to be the change we want to see in the world
West – Radical Calling + Chardin – Patient Trust

Handouts from Nov 2017 “For the Love of Earth”

For love of Earth – promo poster
Session 1 – Divided no more
Session 1 – Movement model – Parker Palmer
Session 1 – Ego stories Soul stories
Session 2 – Communities of congruence
Touchstones – Center for Courage & Renewal
Session 2 – Please Come Home – Jane Hooper
Session 3 – Going public
Session 3 – selected quotes about going public
Session 3 – How to Tell the Truth – Paul Williams
Session 4 – Alternative rewards
Session 4 – Excerpt from Braiding Sweetgrass– Robin Wall Kimmerer
Session 4 – Still I rise – Maya Angelou
Session 4 – The Gates of Hope – Victoria Safford
Session 4 – Stand Your Ground – Kristia DiGregorio

Some Courage Earth inspirations and influences

Carolyn Baker, Collapsing Consciously and Navigating the Coming Chaos

Brené Brown, Braving the Wilderness

Sarah Corbett, How to Be a Craftivist

Shelly Francis, The Courage Way

Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

James Hoggan, I’m Right and You’re an Idiot

Joanna Macy, Earth as Lover, Earth as Self, Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age and Active Hope

George Marshall, Don’t Even Think About It

Parker Palmer, Healing the Heart of DemocracyLet Your Life Speak and Where joy meets the struggle

Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark, and Paradise in Hell

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Inspiring quotes

“Just because something is impossible, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.” Parker Palmer, quoting late Cassie Temple, lifetime Soup Kitchen worker. 

“When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other.” Margaret Wheatley

“Everything is in obligation to everything that lives. Come back sweet world where all flourishing is mutual.” Laurence Cole

“Engrave this upon your heart: there isn’t anyone you couldn’t love once you heard their story.” Benedictine nun Mary Lou Kownacki

“What if we presume that people do care, very deeply, and about many of the same things that we care about?” Renee Lertzmann

“No one who has stood for high values — love, truth, justice — has died being able to declare victory once and for all. If we embrace values like those, we need to find ways to stand in the gap for the long haul, and be prepared to die without having achieved our goals.” Parker Palmer

“Violence is what happens when we don’t know what else to do with our suffering.” Parker Palmer

“The tension between power and love is at the very heart of all social change work” – Adam Kahane

“The times are urgent. Let us slow down.” Bayo Akomolafe

“At the heart of democracy is an underdeveloped theory of human nature that we have to get back in touch with.” Jonathan Rowson

“The true meaning of life is to plant a tree under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” Elton Trueblood

“Justice is what love looks like in public.” Cornel West

“When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” Audre Lorde

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.” Audre Lorde

“Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.” Clarissa Pinkola Estes

“Hope … is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for early success, but, rather, an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed. The more unpropitious the situation in which we demonstrate hope, the deeper that hope is. Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. . . . It is also this hope, above all, which gives us the strength to live and continually to try new things, even in conditions that seem as hopeless as ours do, here and now.” Vaclav Havel, “Disturbing the Peace”

“The deeper our faith, the more doubt we must endure; the deeper our hope, the more prone we are to despair; the deeper our love, the more pain its loss will bring: these are a few of the paradoxes we must hold as human beings. If we refuse to hold them in the hopes of living without doubt, despair, and pain, we also find ourselves living without faith, hope, and love.”
Parker J. Palmer

“The film, Gorillas in the Mist, about field biologist, Dian Fossey, depicts how she follows in the footsteps of George Schaller, the most famous primate biologist in the world. Schaller returned from the wilds with more intimate and compelling information about gorillas than anybody in past generations had done. He was able to study their tribal structure, family life and mating behaviors, and he attributed it to one simple thing: He didn’t carry a gun. He engaged with a kind of respect for these remarkable creatures that they must have detected it, because they let him close enough to really begin to understand their social behavior. He didn’t carry a gun. In contrast, most of us habitually “carry a gun” whether we need it or not. In our minds, we have preconceptions and ideas about who and how people are, and we often have a slant that stops us from seeing who is really there.”
― Excerpt from a Tara Brach talk

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