Contemplative Voices Award

Contemplative Voices Award was created to honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to contemplative understanding, living and leadership and whose witness helps others live from the divine wellspring of compassion, strength, and authentic vision.

Honoring Parker J. Palmer

$60 per person suggested donation

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Shalem is pleased to award our 2017 Contemplative Voices Award to Parker J. Palmer, world-renowned contemplative writer, speaker and activist.

Please join us for a special fundraising event to celebrate this award and to support Shalem’s work and ministry in the world.

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 4-6 PM
Washington Retreat House, Washington, DC

Dr. Palmer will join us via a special video dialogue with Margaret Benefiel, Shalem’s executive director, on “Healing the Heart of Democracy.” Light refreshments will be served, and attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Dr. Palmer’s pamphlet, “The Politics of the Brokenhearted: On Holding the Tensions of Democracy.”

Dr. Palmer is founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage and Renewal. He is known for his focus on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. He is the author of a number of books including Let Your Life Speak; The Courage to Teach; A Hidden Wholeness; The Active Life; To Know As We Are Known; The Promise of Paradox; and Healing the Heart of Democracy.

Dr. Palmer holds a PhD in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as eleven honorary doctorates, two Distinguished Achievement Awards from the National Educational Press Association, and an Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press. In 2010, he was given the William Rainey Harper Award and in 2011 was named an Utne Reader Visionary, one of “25 people who are changing your world.” His book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit, was chosen by Spirituality & Practice as one of the best books of 2011 on contemplation and social activism.

Washington Retreat House
4000 Harewood Road, NE, Washington, DC 20017

Would you like to become a Supporter or Sponsor of the Contemplative Voices Award Event?

With gifts of $500-$999, Supporters will:

Receive four tickets
Have your name listed in the program booklet.

With gifts of $1,000 and above, Sponsors will:

Receive up to ten tickets, available upon request;
Have reserved seating at the event;
Have your name listed in the program booklet and on Shalem’s website.

With each ticket, you also will receive a free book authored by the honoree.

To become a Supporter or a Sponsor, please contact (301-897-7334) or simply note that when you make your gift.

Many Thanks to the Following Supporters & Sponsors of Shalem’s 2017 Contemplative Voices Award
O. Robert Brown
Center for Action and Contemplation
Center for Spiritual Deepening
Susan Dillon
Rob Eby
Tilden & Mary Edwards
Etherton and Associates, Inc.
Michelle Lanier & Rebecca Neuburger
Katy Gaughan
Paul Purta
Spiritual Directors International
Clair Ullmann