Cultivating Parker Palmer’s Habits of the Heart in an Integrative Course on Israel/Palestine, by Russell C. D. Arnold

In Healing the Heart of Democracy, Quaker author Parker J. Palmer presents five “Habits of the Heart” that “help make democracy possible.”

An understanding that we are all in this together.
An appreciation of the value of “otherness.”
An ability to hold tension in life-giving ways.
A sense of personal voice and agency.
A capacity to create community.

In the spring of 2015, I used these Habits to frame an integrative undergraduate seminar with a justice theme on the topic of Israel/Palestine. The course was structured to cultivate these Habits and establish interfaith dialogue and community in the class and across campus.

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