Healing the Heart of Democracy – Parker J. Palmer

October 15, 2011
Hosted by Marianna Cacciatore

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Join Marianna Cacciatore as she interviews best-selling author, Parker J. Palmer about his latest book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit. In these cynical times, we think of politics as the purview of powerful politicians. Palmer dispels that idea by offering thoughtful insight, historical examples, and practical ideas to get us thinking of ways we can each actively contribute to strengthening this gift of democracy we’ve been given. Palmer argues, “The impulses that make democracy possible—and those that threaten it—originate in the heart.” Heart…is a word that reaches far beyond our feelings. It is where we can learn how to “think the world together,” not apart, and find the courage to act on what we know. Through true-life “political” stories, Palmer teaches us habits of the heart that empower “We the People” to take our rightful place in the creation of the life we share. Tune in and renew your heart’s courage!

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Today’s news is filled with stories that break our hearts. On Bread for the Journey Radio, you’ll hear stories that help mend it back together. Join Marianna Cacciatore as she interviews ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things, often small and always meaningful, to make our world a better place. Some, like Marianna, have suffered a tragedy, and, as a result, have created something beautiful to bring others healing. Others are helping women in crisis, making life better for children living in poverty, greening their neighborhood, or any number of creative things that make their community more beautiful, healthy, and connected. These women, men and young people inspire us to think about our own lives, and what we can do to make a difference in the world. Their stories become Bread for our Journey, inspiration and nourishment for a life well lived.

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Marianna Cacciatore

Marianna Cacciatore

Most would agree Marianna Cacciatore’s life has been one well-lived. Through her work over 25 years with people who are working to bring about a better world, she has a unique vantage point from which to tell the stories we don’t generally hear in the media today. Marianna possesses the rare gift of presence, a deep listening which evokes in people the desire to tell their story.

Having suffered a childhood tragedy that spiraled downward into her teens and young adult years, she eventually turned things around and created a grief center that has brought healing to thousands of people. She recounts the full story in her book, Being There for Someone in Grief. Today, she serves as a Lifetime Emeritus Board Member of Tu Nidito in Tucson, Arizona, the parent agency for the organization she founded in 1988 called Children to Children, a Center for Children and Families in Grief.

Everyday Marianna meets ordinary people doing extraordinary things through her work as Executive Director of Bread for the Journey, a philanthropic organization with 20 locations nationally. Each volunteer-run chapter practices neighborhood philanthropy in their respective communities, helping everyday people bring their community-minded ideas to life. The Bread for the Journey vision is to nurture the seed of generosity in every human heart and Marianna’s life is a living expression of just that. Join her as she ignites the heart of generosity in you.

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