Petticrew Program

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
9 am – 1:30 pm

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road

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Petticrew Faith-in-Action Program

Healing the Heart of Democracy

Seminar Leader
:  Dr. Parker J. Palmer

Luncheon Speaker:  Governor Mitchell E. Daniels Jr.



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At a critical time in American life, Parker J. Palmer looks with realism and hope at how to hold our political tensions for the sake of the common good. "Democracy," writes Palmer, "is a non-stop experiment in the strengths and weaknesses of our political institutions, local communities, and the human heart—and its outcome can never be taken for granted. The experiment is endless, unless we blow up the lab, and the explosives to do the job are found within us. But so also is the heart's spiritual alchemy that can turn suffering into compassion, conflict into community, and tension into energy for creativity amid democracy's demands." Palmer names five "habits of the heart" we need to revitalize our politics. He shows how they can be formed in the everyday venues of our lives—including churches, synagogues, and mosques—proposing practical and hopeful approaches to holding the tension of our differences in ways that can help restore a government "of the people, by the people, for the people."

Dr. Palmer will lead a seminar and engage a panel in response to his ideas about “Healing the Heart of Democracy,” followed by a luncheon in which Governor Daniels will speak to the same topic, with Dr. Palmer responding. 

Parker J. Palmer is a writer, speaker and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. He is founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal, which oversees retreat programs for those in serving professions.  Palmer holds a PhD in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley as well as eleven honorary doctorates.  He is the author of nine books, including Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit, which was chosen by Spirituality & Practice as one of the best books of 2011 on contemplation and social activism. The Leadership Project has named him one of the ten key “agenda-setters” of the past decade.

Mitch Daniels is the 49th Governor of the State of Indiana and author of the best-selling book Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans. Although he had served as chief of staff to Senator Richard Lugar, senior advisor to President Ronald Reagan and director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush, his approach to governance was molded in the private sector as CEO of the Hudson Institute and president of Eli Lilly and Company's North American Pharmaceutical Operations. As governor, he established the Healthy Indiana Plan to provide healthcare coverage for uninsured Hoosier adults and created the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. He is an elder at the Tabernacle Presbyterian Church and founded the Oaks Academy, a faith-based private inner-city school.

The panel will consist of:

Matthew Myer Boulton (panel moderator) is professor of theology, president of Christian Theological Seminary, and an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  A graduate of Northwestern University, the University of Chicago Divinity School, and Harvard Divinity School, his most recent book is Life in God: John Calvin, Practical Formation, and the Future of Protestant Theology 

Christopher J. Coyne, SLD, is apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  Bishop Coyne has a BA in Business Admin. From UMass-Lowell and was ordained to the priesthood in 1986.  Subsequently he earned a doctorate from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute at St. Anselmo in Rome, and then taught sacred liturgy and homiletics at St. John Seminary in Massachusetts and simultaneously served a parish.  A blogger and Catholic television host, Coyne served as media spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Boston during the clergy abuse crisis, from 2002 to 2005, and from 2006 to 2011 served as pastor of St. Margaret parish in Westwood, Mass.

Maggie A. Lewis is president of the Indianapolis City-County Council and represents the 7th District of Indianapolis. A Democrat, she serves on the Rules, Community Affairs, and Administration and Finance Committees.  She also serves as executive director of the Dove Recovery House for Women.  Lewis received her bachelor’s degree in community health and her master’s degree in public affairs from Indiana State University and attends Mount Paran Baptist Church.

John M. Mutz has served Indiana for more than fifty years in politics, philanthropy, business, and education.  A Republican, Mutz has been a state representative and senator, and served two terms as Lt. Gov.  He has also been president of Lilly Endowment Inc., president of PSI Energy, and chaired the board of the Lumina Foundation for Education.  He has served on many civic and corporate boards, currently writes a column for the Indianapolis Business Journal, and is the author of Fundraising for Dummies, now in its third printing.  A graduate of Northwestern University, Mutz is also the recipient of nine honorary degrees. 

$25 for morning program or luncheon only
$50 for both morning and luncheon
$40 for retirees attending both
free for students attending both
$500 for table of ten attending morning and luncheon 
IMA will charge $5 for parking

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