Wackerlin Center invites “A Gathering of Spirits for the Common Good”

Parker Palmer and Carrie Newcomer

Author Parker J. Palmer and singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer will perform on Saturday, September 29, in Crimi Auditorium.

Aurora University will host a unique evening of song and spoken word featuring noted philosopher and author Parker J. Palmer and singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer on Saturday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Crimi Auditorium. The sold out program, “Healing the Heart of Democracy: A Gathering of Spirits for the Common Good,” will offer an opportunity for reflection and renewal, challenging the audience to imagine and live into “the politics of the human spirit.”

“We are pleased to be one of only three universities to host Palmer and Newcomer’s political conversation this year,” said Ted Parge, Executive Vice President and Interim Director of the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action. “These two extraordinary voices of hope will engage us in a new kind of dialogue, one that bridges our divides and helps restore civic community.”

The Palmer and Newcomer presentation, sponsored by the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action, is the first event of the 2012–2013 Celebrating Arts and Ideas season. The theme of the series this year—“Voices of Democracy”—convenes special guests offering perspectives on American government, patriotism and essential issues affecting our society. Palmer and Newcomer also will facilitate an on-campus retreat about democracy for faculty, students and community members who were nominated by participants of a similar retreat held last year at George Williams College of Aurora University.

“The visit of Parker Palmer and Carrie Newcomer provides a very unique opportunity to advance the work of the Wackerlin Center,” said Parge. “The theme of democracy provides a distinctive foundation for important conversations, reflecting the spirit of the university’s core values of integrity, citizenship, continuous learning and excellence. We look forward to Palmer and Newcomer sharing their philosophies about community building and discovering how we can contribute to the greater good through leadership.”