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Support Group


AUGUST 14 - 18, 2023


In this moment of polarization and fracture, what values guide my life and leadership? As education leaders with diverse ideologies, where can our interests align? How do we move forward?

This convening emerges in response to a need identified by our Fellows to further explore their values within the context of current tensions in society. Our community, from across the political spectrum, has named a desire to gain clarity on the values that most strongly influence their lives and leadership, and to engage with one another across differences in order to better enable young people to thrive. 

Values in Tension will have the following outcomes:

  1. Fellows will deepen their understanding of themselves, their values, and the intersection of the two in life and leadership. 

  2. Fellows will identify and build community with Paharans across political ideologies who are committed to collaboration and locating shared interest. 

  3. Fellows will address current challenges in their work and our nation, and build stamina around the process of staying open amidst tension in dialogue. 

  4. Fellows will actively work toward identifying action steps our fields must take toward shaping and maintaining “the good society.”

This convening will be powerful for all Fellows but might be particularly beneficial for those navigating political ideologies, including:

  1. Fellows who are elected officials.

  2. Fellows with ideological or political differences within their families or personal lives.

  3. Fellows directing communications and media. 

  4. Fellows managing organizations in politically volatile states.

  5. Fellows leading organizations with generational and ideological differences.

This pilot convening will be hosted at the Lone Rock Retreat campus in Bailey, Colorado. We are grateful for the support of our Pahara Fellow steering committee Charles McDonald, Jamie Candee, Kira Orange Jones, Bill Jackson, Ebbie Parsons, and Adam Falkner.

"I am attending this convening because I hope to build a stronger sense of community and resilience with others who are also courageously navigating similar challenges. I also hope to continue to build a set of skills that will enable me to pursue greater impact going forward."

Kira Orange-Jones
CEO, Teach Plus

“F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." Pahara's upcoming "Values in Tension" convening will build our capacities to understand and navigate among the values that underlie conflict and progress at work, in families, and in society. That is why I'm attending.”

Bill Jackson
Founder, Raise Ready Kids

“To me, the timing of this convening is essential in advancing our individual and collective work, and the myriad of challenges we are experiencing as leaders in education. This convening will help us grapple with how our values may or may not align to the compromises we must make to lead progress in educational equity.”

Jamie Candee
CEO, Edmentum



Monday, August 14, 2023


Friday, August 18, 2023


Lone Rock Retreat

64797 US HWY 285

Bailey, CO 804210


Pahara will sponsor participant’s lodging, meals and ground transportation. Funding for flights will be available upon request.


The Expression of Interest period is closed for this event, and we are currently at capacity. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email

The initial retreat for RLP will convene the week after Easter at Lone Rock Retreat in Bailey, Colorado from April 19-21, 2022. We endeavor to combine the strengths of the Pahara leadership development approach with a Christ-centered retreat experience. A successful retreat will mean leaders have had the space to share their faith, reflect on ways to bring their faith into their work, find some sense of spiritual renewal from the time together, and initiate new relationships with other believers.     

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