“Healing the Heart of Democracy” emphasizes community in Cedar Rapids

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Peter and Judy Croden named Child Advocates of the Year by Community Healing Centers

It was an unfavorable war. Michael Ginger, a Vietnam Veteran of the Marine Corps and current resident at the State Home, echoed this idea. We Vietnam Veterans were called baby killers, women killers, we were spit on. We got a bad rap, Ginger said. What I want most [is] an understanding between civilians and Veterans. Ginger believes that the Wall is more than a memorial, it is a chance to heal treatment of folliculitis the wounds of both civilians and veterans. It may bring people together and better heal the wounds of the animosity, he said. The Wall offers this healing chance to the entire community of Hot Springs.
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This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Parker Palmer (foreground) speaks at the event “Healing the Heart of Democracy: A Gathering of Spirits for the Common Good” on Saturday, July 27, 2013 in Cedar Rapids. Palmer spoke in between songs performed by Carrie Newcomer (center) and pianist Gary Walters. (The Gazette/Emily Busse) CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa Sometimes, the greatest revolution is a simple change of heart. That message was a key part of the community strengthening performance Parker Palmer and Carrie Newcomer performed for more than 200 audience members Saturday evening at the musical and spoken word event Healing the Heart of Democracy: A Gathering of Spirits for the Common Good. For two hours, Palmer, singer/songwriter Newcomer , and pianist Gary Walters performed at the First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids, sharing a message based around Palmers recent book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit. Democracy is about valuing our differences and what can emerge from the dialogue of our differences, Palmer said. We have to look for patches of common ground, no matter how small. Palmer, 74, is an author, speaker, and activist who founded the Center For Courage and Renewal based in Seattle.
Read full article here: “Healing the Heart of Democracy” emphasizes community in Cedar Rapids

They know how important it is for children to have the opportunity to heal so that they can become healthy, whole adults,” said Bill Wright, the 2007 recipient of the award. Sally Reames, executive director of Community Healing Centers, added Peter and Judy started our Golf Fore Kids outing five years ago because they wanted to do something to help children who need to heal from the pain of sexual or physical abuse. The event has grown by leaps and bounds because of their hard work and dedication. They put their heart and soul into everything they do. And they do it in the name of children.” Peter served on the Board of Community Healing Centers for several years and as its president for four years. Both Peter and Judy are members of the Development Committee and volunteer with other community agencies to support kids from Big Brothers Big sisters to Kalamazoo Public Schools .
Read full article here: Peter and Judy Croden named Child Advocates of the Year by Community Healing Centers

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