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Friday Evening Lecture

Transcending Polarization

Date: May 12, 2017 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Bert Parlee, Ph.D.

Location: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Inwood at Mockingbird

$20.00 non-members (coffee and rolls provided)

Throughout human history, the “shadow” (as a core element of what Jung called the “unconscious“), has been working hand in glove with the benign elements of eros and telos. While evolution as a whole continues to move us forward, there are nonetheless punctuated eruptions of shadow forces, resulting in dramatic social upheavals that fundamentally disrupt civilizational strivings. In light of the recent election, we will explore the roots of past, current, and future populist movements on the rise in Europe—and their discontents. We must address these forces to bring cultural polarization back into balance and avoid acting out our shadow dynamics in destructive ways? Martin Luther King said that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Are we currently moving backward or forward?

Saturday Workshop

Perspective Taking

Date: May 13, 2017 9:30 a.m. – noon

Bert Parlee, Ph.D.

Location: St. Thomas Episcopal Church,Inwood at Mockingbird

$40.00 non-members (coffee and rolls provided)

This workshop will equip participants with dialogue and perspective-taking tools that can build bridges across divides. Research shows that the nation is currently more divided than it has been in many years. The workshop creates opportunities for appreciative inquiry to understand the respective strivings of all sides of the spectrum of social and political movements, and then for crafting ways of “meeting people where they are.”  

 Bert is a senior advisor, leadership facilitator, teamwork consultant, executive coach, and licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapist based in Dallas. A founding member and former chief of staff of Ken Wilber's Integral Institute in Colorado, Bert also served as CEO of Spectrum, a personal growth training organization. He is a published author. Among other pursuits, Bert is a Polarity Management Master level facilitator.



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