Let the Beauty We Love Be What We Do: Stories of Living Divided No More

Edited by Sally Hare and Megan LeBoutillier

John's chapter: Poetry’s Call: An Exploration of Let and Letting



I often say that if my ideas never left the pages of my books, they wouldn’t be of much use. I celebrate the people who put wheels on those ideas, who find ways to live with integrity, to take their inner work into the outer world. The Writers in this book have done just that.  They share individual stories of deciding to live divided no more and finding support through the programs of the Center for Courage & Renewal (CCR): The Courage to Teach, The Courage to Lead, Circles of Trust.

—Parker J. Palmer


Book description:

This book offers the stories of 21 remarkably diverse individuals who share the desire to live into their birthright wholeness.  We call ourselves a Writers Circle of Trust comprised of individuals who made the decision to live divided no more.  These Writers all attended retreats – not necessarily the same one  – or in the same location – or even in the same year.   The retreats may have been The Courage to Teach® or The Courage to Lead® or Circle of Trust®.  Those are all names for registered programs of the Center for Courage & Renewal’s in-person retreats and programs that nurture personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it. The retreats are grounded in the writing and philosophy of Parker J. Palmer – and he explains that in detail in his book, A Hidden Wholeness.

John Fox is one of those Writers, who has facilitated retreats over the past several years with Sally Z. Hare, in which they brought together John’s work in Poetic Medicine with Sally’s work with Circles of Trust.

Others in this Writers Circle of Trust have been invited to share their stories, to go public with their decision to live an undivided life, to name and embrace their ongoing journey, with its shadows and light, starts and stops, bridges and potholes.

We encouraged our Writers to be intentional in casting off the deformation of what  too many of us learned in school about writing: the so-called objectivity that says  we can’t use the words I and we and can’t claim our own voices; the academic language

and footnotes that too often detract from the meaning; even the rules of grammar  that say all sentences must have a subject and a verb!

—Sally Z. Hare and Megan Boutillier

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