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Common Ground

Where Is Common Ground? Where Is Community?

Andy Watts | Posted 07.18.2016 | Religion
Andy Watts

America must understand that Black Lives Matter is a movement born from the human spirit seeking community, harmony, and flourishing. It is biblical in its cause, revolutionary in its spirit, and democratic in its goals.

Meatless Monday: The Mediterranean Diet Gets A Bigger Splash

Ellen Kanner | Posted 05.16.2016 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Pantelleria has been discovered. This sleepy Sicilian island is suddenly hot thanks to A Bigger Splash. But Pantelleria was here long before Tilda...

Wrestling With the Discomfort of 'The Middle'

Khristi Adams | Posted 04.05.2016 | Religion
Khristi Adams

I've often wondered about the tension and the discomfort of living in the middle. By middle, I mean that space where one has to wrestle with beliefs that aren't their own. That space where I'm compelled to break bread with people who are different than me.

Walnuts, Doughnuts and Wingnuts

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.04.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Amazingly, Thanksgiving Day has already come and gone. As I write this, then, the somewhat euphemistic "holiday season" has begun. In a bizarre testam...

How Nelson Mandela Would Approach the Problem of Gun Violence in America

Mike Weisser | Posted 10.27.2016 | Politics
Mike Weisser

If Nelson Mandela were alive, he would say that the problem of gun violence can only be resolved by bringing everyone to the table who has a stake in the game. We need to invite the other side to join us in the discussion; if they refuse, we need to invite them again and again.

Parenting Without Punishment: What's the Hitch?

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.26.2016 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Another mother and I had a surprising conversation about a year ago. That is, it was surprising to her. While we were chatting mother to mother she shared how she had just discovered the idea of understanding her children instead of punishing them.

New York City Ballet Fall Gala 2015: An Evening of Fashion and Dance

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.05.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

The New York City Ballet has returned with all its relevance, strong and modern. The dancers are not "stingy." They are not "holding back." They exist in the "now," "right now." Balanchine would be proud.

Real Spiritual: Common Ground

Brian Akers | Posted 08.13.2016 | Religion
Brian Akers

All of us are equal receivers of God's good, given the freedom to explore how to become magnificent avenues through which that good may flow. When we get less hung up on how we commune with the infinite source we become more available to how much good we can allow to flow through us and into the world.

Celebrating (and Mourning) Marriage's Evolution in America

Living Room Conversations | Posted 06.24.2016 | 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 t...

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, and ...

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.