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PREFACE ix by Parker J. Palmer FOREWORD: REMEMBERING WHAT THE ANCIENTS KNEW xiii by Angeles Arrien and Rachel Naomi Remen INTRODUCTION 1 Interlude: Finding the Time and Space for a More Meaningful Professional Life 11 1 What Is a Formation Mentoring Community? 13 Interlude: Message in a Bottle 27 2 Cultivating Growth: Conversation in Community 31 Interlude: Is There a Place for Me in a Formation Mentoring Community? 63 3 The Basics of Creating Formation Mentoring Communities on Your Campus 65 4 Collaborative Stewardship: Facilitating a Formation Mentoring Community 95 5 From Individual to Institutional Change: Ripples of Transformation 117 AFTERWORD: BEYOND THE SMALL GROUP 131 by Rachel Naomi Remen and Angeles Arrien RECOMMENDED RESOURCES 137 NOTES 147 GRATITUDES 153 ABOUT THE AUTHORS 157 INDEX 163

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Peter Felten is assistant provost, director of the Center for Engaged Learning, and associate professor of history at Elon University. H-Dirksen L. Bauman is professor and chair of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies and coordinator for the Office of Bilingual Teaching and Learning at Gallaudet. Aaron Kheriaty is the director of Residency Training and Medical Education in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine. Edward Taylor is a professor of education and vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs at the University of Washington.

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