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A Place Called Community

A Place Called Community

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PENDLE HILL PAMPHLET 212
A Place Called Community
Parker J. Palmer
PENDLE HILL PUBLICATIONSWALLINGFORD, PENNSYLVANIAPENDLE HILL PAMPHLET 212PARKER J. PALMER
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
Parker J. Palmer is Dean of Studies atPendle Hill, where he and his wife Sally live with their threechildren. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the Universityof California at Berkeley, and before coming to Pendle Hillspent fifteen years in research, teaching, collegeadministration, and community organization.He was motivated to write this pamphlet, he tells us,for two reasons, “First, I wanted to sort out my experienceat Pendle Hill, where I have learned something about whata community is and is not, should and should not be. Second,I thought there was need to write about community in away not limited to ‘commune,’ a way which might point tothe possibility of community in homes and neighborhoods,schools and places of work, wherever it is that people livetheir lives.” Portions of this essay have appeared in
TheChristian Century,
XCIV:9 (March 16, 1977), 252-256.Copyright ©1977 by Pendle HillRepublished electronically © 2002 by Pendle Hillhttp://www.pendlehill.org/pendle_hill_pamphlets.htmemail: publications@pendlehill.org
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We expect a theophany of which we knownothing but the place, and the place is calledcommunity.Martin Buber
Introduction
Surely Buber’s words are prophetic. God comes to usin the midst of human need, and the most pressing needsof our time demand community in response.How can I participate in a fairer distribution of resources unless I live in a community which makes itpossible to consume less? How can I learn accountabilityunless I live in a community where my acts and theirconsequences are visible to all? How can I learn to sharepower unless I live in a community where hierarchy isunnatural? How can I take the risks which right actiondemands unless I belong to a community which givessupport? How can I learn the sanctity of each life unless Ilive in a community where we can be persons, not roles, toone another?In contrast to these hard questions the popular imageof community is distressingly sentimental. We especiallywhite, middle-class folk — value community for the personalnurture it promises but ignore its challenges of politicaland economic justice. We speak of “life together” inromantic terms which bear little resemblance to thedifficult discipline of a common life.But the problems of our age will yield neither topersonalism nor to romance. If the idea of community is tospeak to our condition, we must change the terms of thediscussion. So I write about community partly to correctthe romantic fallacy. If we seek a dream community, realitywill quickly defeat us, and the struggle for community
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