Now what? I know a lot of people in or near crisis. It’s not hard to be one of them. A few of us are designing a college-wide retreat to speak back to the spirit of fear that pervades. We are using Parker Palmer‘s work, believing against all odds that such gatherings can make a difference. The challenge in times like these is to keep caring, to remain warm and open in direct opposition to all the invitations to shut down, stop caring that keep coming at us from every direction.