News from Tim White / our artist in Duluth

After arriving in Duluth in September last year, I immediately immersed myself in the creative culture here. I volunteered wherever possible: at church basement smörgåsbords, in a gingerbread city at the local Nordic cultural center, at the annual All Souls parade. I helped kids make Christmas ornaments in nearby Knife River, pitched in at cider-pressings and putting gardens to bed at a local public orchard, all along the way meeting artists, craftspeople, permaculturalists, musicians, and civic...
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Friendly Philosophers

  South Minneapolis Thursdays at 7 p.m As part of Common Ground’s commitment to fostering dialogue, CGO established the Friendly Philosophers group - a weekly discussion where the interworkings of faith, ethics, and science are explored. People from numerous disciplines and schools of thought - teachers, writers, artists, scientists, ministers and secularists- discuss the human situation and the condition of the earth and its myriad life forms. By providing space to table our various per...
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Stronger Faith

I'm an inmate at Airway Heights Correctional Facility in Airway Height Washington. I've know Gib Pellet for approximately 8 years. I became interested in Gib when I overheard another inmate talking to him on the phone. When the conversation ended I asked this guy who he'd been talking to because he seemed really happy, like he was in a lot better place than before the conversation. He gave me Gib's contact information and I wrote Gib a letter. The result has changed my life. Gib's not only...
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Otherwise forgotten

To whom it may concern: Not a lot of people care about guys in jail. Gib Pellet and his friends have reached out to me and take the time to call and write letters and also help with things like extra clothes and funds for media and healthy snacks. More important than those things is our friendship and Gib and Diane and Russell drive an hour each way about once a month to visit me. It really means something to guys in jail to have people who are willing to take time out of their days to be ou...
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CGO this week

Today I talked with Terry Schultz, one of our new Board members. Why is hope such a hot topic? What’s so attractive about building an alliance of hope?But there it is. When we think about some of the current themes in ministry – hope cuts through the noise like a searchlight in a crowded, foggy harbor. Hope that comes from Love / love that’s greater than any one of us yet which finds its best expression in individual souls. The Creator’s love is transforming / it can save the planet and a...
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Caring for inmates during the holidays.

To the friends of Common Ground Outreach: the holidays are especially painful for our brothers and sisters in prison.  All the pain of separation from family and things on the outside is intensified.  For long term inmates the loneliness can be unbearable.  If you haven't yet contributed to Common Ground, do so now, and your gift will be translated into packages for inmates for Christmas / nutritious snacks and simple gifts to remind them they're not forgotten.     &nbs...
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Common Ground Outreach / this week / January 24th, 2015

My friend, Elizabeth Evans (I call her Bits), sent me an article in a newspaper she reads that benefits homeless people in Tennessee.  The article is titled: Outside the Prison Wall:  Why a former prison chaplain became a prison abolitionist.   Common Ground is, amongst other things, a ministry to prison folks.  This started about 10 years ago when I was struggling to make sense of my own felony. As Amanda, the chaplain, says, “… people would come in to work with prisoners, enter into relation...
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