Thoughts from the “Friendly Philosophers”

May 6th, 2016 Last night we welcomed more new members and the conversations were great. One member courageously shared his journey in remaking himself philosophically and got great feedback and engagement from the other folks, all who were pretty awed by the effectiveness of our group in bringing the questions of existence and meaning to the table. It feels like a great honor to think this humble idea of gathering to talk and to allow great minds and hearts to connect, can result in a sharing...
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CGO Update / February 21st, 2016

CGO Update / 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 in downtown Minneapolis and convert it into a home for community projects. Turns out the...
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CGO Update / February 21st, 2016

CGO Update / 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 in downtown Minneapolis and convert it into a home for community projects. Turns out the...
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Friendly Philosophers

  South Minneapolis Tuesdays 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 pers...
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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.   As Amanda, the chaplain, says, “… people would come in to work with prisoners, enter into relationships, build community, and be overwhelmed when what they found was love, underst...
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