A letter to prison

A letter to prison
Tonight I’m working on a letter to a guy who’s spent 21 years of his life in solitary confinement.  The guy was locked up at the age of 14 with some other “delinquents” in the county jail in Florida a subjected to various forms of torture by the local police before finally being sentenced.  The experience created a monster and when our friend was released he rampaged against the people who’d victi...
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Children gather Moonbeams while Grown-ups stay inside.

Children gather Moonbeams while Grown-ups stay inside.
9/11/16 Children gather Moonbeams while Grown-Ups Hide Inside.  Gib Pellet + + + In preparing for today I was visited many times by thoughts of children … something about children and God was rattling around up there …. Finally, this morning, as I was rereading some things I might use, it came together. Let me share a paragraph from Luke. Luke 11:37-41 37 As Jesus was spea...
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Is God in the Rain?

Is God in the Rain?
The following message was given by my friend Frank Bacon at the Quaker Meeting today in South Minneapolis. I think we could call it: Is God in the rain? Frank’s talk 2016.02.28 I was raised an atheist. I realized I was a pacifist when I was 12 while watching a TV documentary series about WWII called Victory at Sea. I thought to myself, “These people are crazy.” At 15 I found out that I wasn...
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Letter from the Director / February 21st, 2016

Letter from the Director / February 21st, 2016
February 21st, 2016 Today I ran into an old friend at the Y after 3 miles of agony on the track… Father Bill Teska, an Episcopal Priest of my vintage who is somewhat of a legend in the Twin Cities. Bill’s been involved in so many projects he’s lost count (his middle name is outreach). We talked for a minute about a brilliant friend who worked with us on a project to reclaim an historic church i...
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Weekly News / February 14th, 2016

Weekly News / February 14th, 2016
Common Ground Outreach / Weekly News / February 14th, 2016   Today, the Board of Common Ground Outreach had a bi-monthly meeting in which we discussed a wide range of topics including web development, fund raising and training opportunities.  We also talked about new ideas for bridging the divide between people in prison and people on the outside who want to be resources.  The fact is t...
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Board Update / January 31st, 2016

Common Ground Outreach / Board Update / January 31st, 2016   Dan and I met today to discuss our financial reporting.  The discussion was upbeat and realistic, bringing to bear the importance of creating a system of procedures that keep us complaint with state and federal governments.  After two years of winging it, it felt great to have someone else take steps to build this part of our organ...
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Prairies and the sacred community / Dr. Jim Haefemeyer

Prairies and the sacred community / Dr. Jim Haefemeyer
From a message given at Minneapolis Friends Meeting, January 17th, 2016 by Dr. Jim Haefemeyer. Prairies and the Sacred Community Today I want to talk about prairies. Watch the prairie carefully and you will see the divine at work, a delicate dance. I like to watch bumblebees. In October they were feeding on the asters that I was trying to cut back in my front yard. The asters are likely...
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News from Tim White / our artist in Duluth

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 publ...
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