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Celebrating (and Mourning) Marriage's Evolution in America

Living Room Conversations | Posted 07.05.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

In the week ahead, most of America will have its eye on the Supreme Court as they issue their ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges concerning whether states have the power to define marriage as male-female institution.

App Lets New Yorkers Route Corporate Funds To Help Homeless People

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact

Advocates and politicians have long questioned whether giving money to homeless people enables destructive habits or is just a kind act that deserves ...

When Both Sides Get It Wrong -- It's Time for Common Ground

Candace Straight | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Candace Straight

As lifelong pro-choice Republicans who have supported GOP candidates for decades, we are dismayed by activists on the right and the left attacking the GOP leaders who spoke out against House Resolution 36 last week.

Gilly and Gary: Culver City, California, July, 2012

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 02.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Robert G. Zuckerman

We exchange cards, shake hands, bid farewell and leave, with a connection made and good will fostered, all thanks to an open door in a parking lot.

The Common Ground Fallacy

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

When one party has made explicit that its primary goal is to block nearly anything proposed by a sitting president and, further, to undo substantive achievements to date -- when revenge requires all Republican senators and representatives to adhere to that primary goal -- then seeking agreement is seen as a contradiction.

No Slam Dunk for Billionaires

Sanford D. Horwitt | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Sanford D. Horwitt

Using public funds to build professional sports facilities is an ineffective, inefficient strategy for promoting economic development -- and, one might infer, an especially unseemly use of scare resources in a city like Milwaukee where 29 percent of its nearly 600,000 residents live in poverty. But in our new Gilded Age, big money has no shame.

Mabou: September, 2014, New York City

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 12.10.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Robert G. Zuckerman

During my career as a "Hollywood photographer" I have been blessed to meet many amazing people of great accomplishment, who have achieved fame through talent, dedication and spirit.

The Future Looks Bleak

Richard Brand | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion
Richard Brand

What is the common center? What are the shared and agreed upon building blocks for our common life together. They used to be a common education. They used to be an agreement with the findings of science. They used to be an agreement that hard, honest, consistent work would bring a respectable standard of living.

Larry Avents: Washington, D.C., October 2003

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

Walking up M Street on this chilly autumn night. I smell Larry's liquor breath half a block away. "Hey man, you got a cell phone I could use? I need...

This is What Community Health Looks Like: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

The Pollination Project gives $1,000 away, every day, to change-makers all over the world who are creating more peaceful, just and sustainable communi...

Ashley: Los Angeles, February 2009

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

I'm exiting the post office toward my car when she walks by me, with her white hair, mocha skin, translucent eyes that stand out from a distance, ...

Peace: From Fairytale to Very Tangible

Search for Common Ground | Posted 12.05.2013 | Impact
Search for Common Ground

Why is it when I mention striving for "peace" to friends and family, I sense internal eye rolls and receive polite, patronizing smiles?

The Post-Cynical Christian

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.20.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Skepticism is a good and healthy thing. But cynicism is a spiritually dangerous thing because it is a buffer against personal commitment. Personal commitment is all that has ever changed the world, transformed human lives, and altered history.

Dancing to the beat of a new drum twelve years after 9/11

Common Ground News Service | Posted 07.08.2013 | World
Common Ground News Service

Endy Bayuni Jakarta - The Western and Muslim worlds drifted apart in the wake of 9/11. The 11 September 2001 suicide hijackings in the United States ...

Steven: Los Angeles, Nov. 19, 2007

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

"Can I help you find anything?" he asks. "How 'bout the meaning of life?" I reply. Without hesitation, he tells me, "That's two aisles over, middle shelf, in a small can!"

The Story of the Common Good (Video)

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

We would take the time to sound out each syllable, word, and sentence until they got it right, "With malice toward none, with charity for all ..." While they were learning to read, I wanted them to absorb the words of Lincoln.

A Muslim Message To Pope Francis

Common Ground News Service | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Common Ground News Service

I hope that Pope Francis will do what he can to work with Muslims and others in order to build an ark that will save this common humanity of ours. May God bless us all to be friends to one another.

On God's Side: For the Common Good

Jim Wallis | Posted 03.28.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

When did we trade the idea of public servants for the false idols of power and privilege? When did we trade governing for campaigning? And when did we trade valuing those with the best ideas for rewarding those with the most money?

Bridging the Gap

Common Ground News Service | Posted 04.28.2013 | World
Common Ground News Service

Knowing that the uneasy relations between Pakistan and the United States will continue to ebb and flow as American troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, he thinks that people-to-people contact is the only way out of the practice of demonising each other.

Finding Common Ground Between Sexuality and Spirituality

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.20.2013 | Religion
Antonia Blumberg

If religious, spiritual, activist and LGBT organizations, alike, are invested in nurturing a sustainable and fulfilling future, they have only to gain from providing the fodder for common ground.

On the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Republicans Applaud its True Meaning

Susan Bevan | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Susan Bevan

At its heart, Roe reaffirms American women's essential right to make personal health decisions privately and without interference from government.

Learning to Build Global Leaders From Around the World

Andy Braner | Posted 02.16.2013 | Education
Andy Braner

They're concerned with school, sports and social standing. They want to impress people around them so they feel important. They're longing for someone to validate them as people. And most of all, they just don't want to live life alone.

Mourning In The Middle Of Two Faiths

Eliza Wood | Posted 12.22.2012 | Religion
Eliza Wood

In the most important moments of life and death, when I might have hoped for some religious clarity, the lines of religion blurred right in front of me. It was no use leaning either toward or against them.

Irish Isle's Designs on Venetian Isles

John Lee | Posted 11.07.2012 | Arts
John Lee

Regular as the tides, another cultural acqua alta is washing over Venice now in the form of the Biennale Architetttura 2012.

Abstract Containers: A Ready-Made Architecture Exhibition

Mitch McEwen | Posted 11.07.2012 | Arts
Mitch McEwen

Abstract Containers effectively invites us to consider the city around us as if it were recognizably familiar but fundamentally altered.