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Common's Mission To Help American Kids 'Get Schooled' (Exclusive)

The Huffington Post | Erica Liepmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

"How many of us really want to achieve in life and do something great?" hip-hop artist Common shouted into a packed high school auditorium. Lincoln H...

Seven Steps to Civility This Election Season

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

This week, a group of more than 130 former legislators, both Republicans and Democrats, released a letter urging for civility and encouraging candidates, once elected, to focus on cooperation to face our country's greatest challenges.

An Open Letter to Glenn Beck

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Before, I thought you were just another cable news talk show host. Now, you are using the language of a spiritual and even a religious leader. But to invoke the name of God and the vocation of a spiritual leader has consequences.

Talking Post-Katrina Homelessness With Louisiana State Representative Neil Abramson

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

I'm honored that Neil Abramson, Louisiana State Representative, District 98 in New Orleans, would take the time to talk to me about homelessness in post-Katrina New Orleans.

100,000 Homes for 100,000 Vulnerable Homeless Americans by July 2013

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

The plan: 100,000 homes for 100,000 of the most vulnerable homeless Americans by July 2013. I believe it's going to happen and that Common Ground can do it!

From Beijing to LA: Digital Media for a Healthy Planet

Max Eternity | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Max Eternity

Now four years in the making, the 2010 International Touring Exhibition of Common Ground has made its way to LA.

Help Change Lives on Hollywood Boulevard

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Mark Horvath

For most of the last 26 years, I have lived near Hollywood Blvd., and in 1995 I literally lived on it -- homeless and hopeless. I am proof that even the worst street person can change for the better.

Over Half Of Detroit Homeless Population At Risk Of Dying On City Streets

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The homeless in Detroit face a dire situation. The Detroit Free Press reports, that living on the streets puts more than half of them at risk for dyin...

When a Bank Is too Big to Hide

Sanford D. Horwitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sanford D. Horwitt

It may be needlessly costly for a big bank to hide from determined, aggrieved adversaries who hold the moral high ground.

NAE's Gospel of Sexuality: Good News for Some

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

I couldn't agree more with the National Association of Evangelicals' understanding that the Bible teaches that sex is good, and that "God established multiple purposes for sex."

The Dalai Lama's Message and Youth Who Enable it

Heidiminx | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Heidiminx

The Dalai Lama delivered his annual March statement to the Tibetan people, stressing the free flow of information within China as the means for building greater understanding of the true situation in Tibet.

Let's Get Theological on Health Care and Warfare

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Anyone care to provide a theological foundation for the Republican policy preferences for the rich and for war? I would really like to see it.

What Would Jesus Do?

Bill Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Schneider

Will the culture war ever end? We have now had three presidents in a row who promised to unite the country. They all failed because it's hard to compromise on values. But this doesn't mean it's impossible.

Can You Hear Us Now? Leadership Needed on the 37th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Jessica Arons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Arons

On Roe v. Wade's 32nd anniversary five years ago, we urged progressive leaders to articulate and defend a clear, comprehensive, and moral vision for r...

Will the Real Pro-Lifer Please Stand Up?

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

The Cardinal O'Connor nominating committee's decision to honor George W. Bush as a hero of its cause tells us a lot about the crisis now facing the pro-life movement.

Health Care: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

We've recently seen the abortion rhetoric really heat up to ridiculous proportions. Those with opposing views are being stereotyped and demonized. And facts are taking a back seat to sound bytes.

Peace and Persuasion

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

Obama's goal seems to be to appeal to a reasonable group that can talk to, rather than past, each other about abortion. If he's going to succeed, he has to confront those who perceive common ground as a threat.

Common Ground on Abortion, Finally

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Merritt

Pro-life Christians and pro-choice political progressives have struck a partnership. Their goal is to reduce the need for and occurrences of abortions in America.

Pro-Life Pretense

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

Obama's still-to-be released common ground agenda in the abortion conflict is already having a profound and largely overlooked effect: it has exposed deep fault lines in the pro-life movement.

The Tone of Our Atonement: A Meditation for Yom Kippur

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

I want to dare to pose the notion of making Yom Kippur a time for softer and longer reflections, about how to make things better, truer, safer for our insides and freer from inner terrors.

A Taxing Problem

Jessica Arons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Arons

Americans do not want politics to drive coverage decisions. In other words, they object precisely to the type of food fight brewing on Capitol Hill right now.

The Breakup of the Pro-Life Movement

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

It may come as a shock to most pro-life Americans, but there's not one pro-life group in the United States that supports contraception. Rather, many lead campaigns against contraception.

How to Win a Culture War

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Want to know how to win a culture war? Don't fight one.

How to Resolve the Abortion Conflict

Aspen Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aspen Baker

A just and lasting peace between pro-choice and pro-life people is possible, but it lies in the history of those who have fought over this issue, not in the tired rhetoric of "common ground."

Just the Facts, Sir: The False Dichotomy of Catholics vs. "Pro-choice" on Common Ground

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

The assertion that unless Obama bows to the most conservative Catholic position he will lose widespread support is a scare tactic of the right.