33 episodes

The Growing Edge Podcast is hosted by Parker J. Palmer and Carrie Newcomer. In this podcast Carrie, Parker and exciting guests will explore new life on the growing edge - personally, vocationally and politically. What's your growing edge?

The Growing Edge Carrie Newcomer & Parker J. Palmer

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 265 Ratings

The Growing Edge Podcast is hosted by Parker J. Palmer and Carrie Newcomer. In this podcast Carrie, Parker and exciting guests will explore new life on the growing edge - personally, vocationally and politically. What's your growing edge?

    Episode 33: Rebroadcast of "A Conversation with Author/Poet Mark Nepo

    Episode 33: Rebroadcast of "A Conversation with Author/Poet Mark Nepo

    Because Carrie was in the studio this month working on a new album, we decided not to record a new podcast for June. Instead, we are revisiting our 2019 interview with our dear friend, Mark Nepo, poet and author. In this interview we explored what it means to show up as our authentic self and how when we are in touch with our deepest human experiences we are in touch with our shared human experience.


    Mark Nepo has moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our times”.  

    Mark will be offering a 3-session webinar in June 2021 called The Life of Expression: Finding Your Voice (June 13, 20, 27, 2021, 1-2:30PM ET).  Registration for this webinar is NOW OPEN at http://live.marknepo.com/.

    Parker and I will also be adding a new conversation starter for this episode. You can download that conversation starter for personal journaling or group discussions.

    We loved our time with Mark Nepo, we hope you enjoy this rebroadcast.

    We’ll be back with a new episode in July, when our guest will be our friend Sharon Salzburg, founder of the Insight Meditation Society and internationally recognized mindfulness teacher.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 32: Identity, Resiliency & Spiritual Calling - A Conversation with Dr. Luther E. Smith Jr.

    Episode 32: Identity, Resiliency & Spiritual Calling - A Conversation with Dr. Luther E. Smith Jr.

    For our May, 2021 podcast, we welcome Dr. Luther E. Smith Jr., Professor Emeritus at Candler Seminary, author, educator, pastor, mystic, and elder. In this episode we talk about how identity is shaped and expanded and how conversations about race could be more authentic and powerful. We also explore what it meant for him to follow a spiritual calling and the experiences that led him to his friendship and academic study of author and mystic, Howard Thurman.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 31: The Power of Story & Song with John McCutcheon

    Episode 31: The Power of Story & Song with John McCutcheon

    Parker and Carrie welcome singer songwriter, activist John McCutcheon, musician, activist and spiritual seeker.  He has 41 albums to his credit,  has received six Grammy Award nominations and worked for 40 years bringing together intelligent thoughtful songs, fearless commentary and music for social change. In this episode we talk about the power of music to connect and inspire, the dignity and value of each human being told in story and song, spiritual seeking and embracing the role of elder.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 30: From Polarization to Healing, with John Paul Lederach

    Episode 30: From Polarization to Healing, with John Paul Lederach

    For our March, 2021 podcast, we welcome John Paul Lederach, Professor Emeritus of International Peacebuilding, and internationally respected expert in conflict transformation. John Paul describes the stages that lead to violence in a society, as well as the ways people heal and create communal networks of change. Please join us for this insightful conversation. "Peacebuilding is walking toward a horizon. You never really reach the end of that walk, but it gives you an orientation.”

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 29: The Handing Over Time

    Episode 29: The Handing Over Time

    In this episode, Carrie and Parker reflect upon the happenings of 2020.  They discuss challenges we've faced in the past year as well as focus and evidence for hope in the new year.  They explore the idea of living in the "Tragic Gap" and living into creative citizenry.  They read Mary Oliver's lovely poem "Starlings in Winter" and discuss grief and getting past it, and what is is putting lift into their boots. Carrie performs the song "The Handing Over Time" By Carrie Newcomer and Gary Walters

    • 50 min
    Episode 28: A Reason For Delight - A Conversation With Poet, Ross Gay

    Episode 28: A Reason For Delight - A Conversation With Poet, Ross Gay

    In this episode, Carrie and Parker have a conversation with Poet, Ross Gay, author of The Book of Delights & Be Holding.  We talk about Ross's books, his thoughts about finding delight in his daily life as a daily practice, joy as an act of resistance and the importance of creating a connection to one another and to the natural world.  We hope you'll join us for this "delightful" and thoughtful conversation.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
265 Ratings

265 Ratings

Lrc18 ,

More than a Podcast

I have heard about Parker Palmer for a number of years in regards to his activism and depression. But this podcast between Parker and Carrie Newcomer is on a whole different level. Deep conversations with each other and their guests, inviting the listener to ponder, open more to spiritual possibilities.
I listen while driving; it is stimulating snd I am so grateful for their companionship.

Jimmy Himmy ,

The Growing Edge

I have listened to many many podcasts over the past decade. This is my favorite for all time.

KentBerlin ,

Great find

Wonderful thoughtful conversations. So glad I stumbled across this one. High quality audio and the discussions are fantastic.

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