Saying Goodbye to Common Ground

Dear Friends,
 
It’s a bittersweet time for all of us at Common Ground. Sadly, the time has come to send off our last Bulletin and to convene our closing series of great classes. But there is also a very happy note to be sounded. May 7 will mark the 45th anniversary of the day when Ron Miller and I signed the articles of incorporation for CG. Not many non-profit organizations flourish for so long.
 
And these have been wonderful, productive years, bringing together hundreds of gifted teachers with thousands of bright and eager adult learners. From our beginnings as a center for inquiry into the world’s great religious traditions, we’ve grown into a rich mini-college, exploring religion, philosophy, society, culture, the arts, politics, ecology, history, possible futures, and so much more. It has been a rewarding adventure for all of us. I think you’ll agree.
 
But now the time has come to present our final season. Donations helped us to provide a precious community resource for a very long time. Perhaps inevitably, they have declined to the point that that is no longer possible.
 
CG will be on hiatus from April 12 until Tuesday, May 14, when we will reopen for our last hurrah. We will not be sending out another Bulletin, but all classes will be posted on the CG web site by May 12.
 
The Spring-Summer schedule will run from May 14 through July 30. I will, however, offer one final lecture (in late September) celebrating what Common Ground has meant to so many people and offering some very hopeful thoughts about the future of our country and our world.
 
I will continue to maintain the CG website, with compelling blog posts, video interviews, articles of interest, listings of various area presentations by myself and our other teachers, and perhaps occasional CG reunion events.
 
We know that many of you will want to show your appreciation for our long work and we will be very grateful if you choose to make a final (tax-deductible) gift. Closing the doors, ironically, will cost quite a bit. We want to be able to end our time together in a fiscally responsible way, and to meet our final obligations to our landlord, our vendors, and our staff.
 
Thank you for all you’ve done to make this extraordinary dream a reality. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as Cetta and I, and Linda and the CG Board have.
 
Peace,
 
 
Jim