Mission and Values


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Our Mission is to support communities by connecting the distressed with lasting resources for the physical, social and spiritual well-being of all. We do this by building understanding and alliance between people of all walks of life, fostering resilience, breaking down walls of isolation of belief systems, and opening doors to change and mutual growth.

Our Values include relationships, building bridges of understanding, the human spiritual journey, connection with the natural world, and mutually supported growth.

Our Vision is empathetic, well-balanced communities in which people are valued, hostilities are lost, and people understand one another at deep levels, leading to a safer and more hospitable world.



The world is threatened. People, life in all it’s forms and strata face the very real possibility of extinction. Common Ground folks believe the solutions to the threats are born in the human heart. While we don’t all share the same theology… we all believe love is the great equalizer / love is the greatest, transcendent force for positive change. By channeling that power to our world and it’s inhabitants we create new paradigms that can provide answers to the biggest challenges. For as long as humans have walked the earth we’ve faced a choice between disrespect for the Earth and the rights of others and a commitment to the common good. Common Ground Outreach is part of a global movement to rebuild our economies and governments on a foundation of respect for life and the rights of all.

Human Progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, struggle and suffering, the tireless exertions and passionate concerns of dedicated individuals.

– Martin Luther King Junior