What is ‘Common Ground’ about?

The aim of the ‘Common Ground’ network is to link and inform those in North Pembrokeshire who are interested in the spiritual side of life. You are invited, via the ‘contact us’ page, to contribute details of events with a ‘spirit/soul’ content which will be posted on this site and sent out automatically by email to over 130 local contacts.

A key element to Common Ground is that we may be on different paths, but we are willing to listen and learn from each other in a spirit of dialogue – to share what we have in common and to respect the differences. One of the most difficult problems in sharing is the different words we use for describing the spiritual experience. Each tradition has its own language.

Common Ground was started by Don & Jayne MacGregor in 2009.  The website manager is Don MacGregor, a retired Anglican priest living in St Davids.

For recent posts and news click here.

In order to provide this service, we need information about other spirituality events  that are happening from St Davids to St Dogmaels. Let us know about your event on the ‘Contact us’ page, and we can add it to the list.

 A Network of Goodwill

An article adapted from ‘Network News – a guide to inspiring events in North Wales’, August 2010, which fits the ethos of Common Ground.

“In every neighbourhood, there are people who share a vision of a whole and humane world, and who share a commitment to make this vision a reality. In the 1930s, Alice Bailey’s writings predicted the emergence of such a group, as have many others since – one that would transcend all boundaries of nationality, vocation and belief. Its members would not necessarily know each other, or even be aware of their own membership, but would be inwardly united in the cause of planetary healing. So how can we recognise the members of this group?

Most will have a spiritual discipline, demonstrating that harmony and well-being are initially states of mind and heart. They may practice meditation, mindfulness, or contemplative prayer and use the insights and strength from their inner work to inform their service in the world.

They might be found planting organically – food, herbs, flowers, forests; or simplifying their lives, using less fossil fuels, recycling and repairing, going by bus and by bicycle, pouring less poison down the sink and less waste into the landfill. They might be working to restore the soul in science; creating artifacts that are sustainable and beautiful; sharing their craft in sound, colour or form. Others are reaching out to those that society has abandoned; or reminding big organisations to respect life at human scale; challenging “expert” opinions. They may be choosing a more compassionate diet, moving their money to a more ethical bank, raising their children without fear or shame. They may be pioneering new ways to teach and learn; experimenting with different kinds of household or community; or simply remembering how to play, sing and dance together without dependence on drugs or alcohol.

Some are learning to heal – bringing together wisdom and skills from different ages, cultures and dimensions. Then there are those who are advocates for the voiceless kingdoms – animal, vegetable and mineral – that depend on human beings for their welfare and survival. Others are struggling to uproot violence – in the nation, the community, the home and the heart – learning to speak and think without cruelty.

Most are politically engaged, but each with their own unique mix of causes and ideals. Many prefer to “follow the money” rather than the party line – aware that every donation and purchase they make every day is a powerful vote for good or ill. Most are spiritually active, but usually without a conventional creed. Some are reclaiming the great seasonal rituals, aligning themselves with Stars; or reinventing those essential rites of passage, the initiations of birth, coming of age, marriage, death and spiritual unfoldment.

Many members sense that the world will need a vast outpouring of goodwill if it is to make it through the next few decades intact. Some found their deeper purpose through personal crisis – perhaps global crisis is humanity’s greatest opportunity?”

Do you recognise yourself here? Are you also a member of this extraordinary group? Are you one of those resisting the great tide of materialism that would engulf our civilisation? Are you among those building little altars and centres and refuges of hope for a more humane world? Would you like to have more support?

Common Ground exists to reach, encourage and support all members of this ‘network of goodwill’. A space where members can meet, share their gifts and celebrate their unity and their diversity. A place to vision, to collaborate, and to affirm that, truly, another world is possible!”

A Vision for Religions

We envision a world where the underlying wisdom in all religions is recognised and we can celebrate all the different ways that lead to a true awareness of God. We see people of all religions praying, intending, affirming, and communicating, thus, stepping into their power based, not upon fear of repercussion, but upon a knowing that what is asked for in God’s name is answered in his Love.

We imagine love replacing fear, helpfulness replacing anger, joy replacing sorrow, and a sacred reverence for the Spirit in all things replacing ignorance and indifference.

And we envision communities made up of people from all paths working for the Highest Good of the whole. And we see everyone, everywhere, truly caring about everyone else, no matter what path they are on or what religion they choose to follow.

 

4 Responses to What is ‘Common Ground’ about?

  1. Afroz says:

    Wow I think everyone has messid the Dalai Lama’s point! As he said, all the world’s religions support those inner values that ALL agree are necessary for a civilized society to thrive and flourish. Granted, for the person of higher reason, these values are all derived from rational thought. But how many, of all the billions that have lived on this earth, have had the faculty to rationalize, sort out and cofify (even if for no one other than their individual selves) a moral code to live by that is compatible with that of every other human being? THAT, I believe, was the purpose of religion in the first place. You don’t have to tell someone WHY they have to do something IF they are willing to do it because they have been told to do it. Moral values, identical in all religions, were handed down via religion to UNEDUCATED MASSES as a guarantee for the survival of human society. The gods said you must do it, therefore you do not question it.But now with universal education, the attendant rational thought is telling the thinker the same thing that religion did for virtually all of mankind’s history Maybe the Dalai Lama is right. Maybe religion is obsolete. BUT until such a time as rational thought becomes universal among the humen race, it will be religion that keeps the moral code of survival in place.

  2. Lucas says:

    Your response, while amolst clever, dodged the question. Granted, there’s no solid answer to what caused the Big Bang, but you respond by misunderstanding the word supernatural, and implying that proof is a religious creation when, in fact, philosophy created the whole idea of observation, evidence, and proof. I figured you would know that.Atheism is not the lack of belief, it is belief that no gods exist. Non-theism would be a total lack of belief. We are all born non-theists; it is when we reject the idea of a god that we become atheists. It’s just a matter of definitions.I’m sure you have good reasons to think it is best to educate people beyond explaining everything. I have reached a point where I accept a lot of things I cannot explain, mostly because it would be a fool’s game to try. This mentality can bring us a great deal of peace. But I worry that this mentality, if widespread (and misunderstood), could create ignorance where we could instead have discovery and enlightenment. Just a thought.You say: Many things may exist, and certainly can and do exist beyond the purview of human and scientific observation, AND this does not make those things unnatural or outside of space and time.’ It would be an extreme fault in reasoning to assume that if something is not observable it is therefore supernatural. Okay, then what about this? The definition of supernatural (adjective): (of a manifestation or event) Attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature. If we develop equipment that can observe something we previously considered supernatural, it would no longer be supernatural after all. However, I am referring to something that is forever inexplicable. The term still describes something that is not observable through science, so I don’t see the extreme fault in reasoning you talk about.I don’t mean to imply belief relies on blind faith. You can have evidence for atheism and believe in that evidence. It’s not faith, it’s confidence. That’s why I call atheism a belief, because you have decided that it is the best explanation for life as we know it. As with all science, we can have endless mountains of supporting evidence (evolution, Big Bang, etc.), and I totally subscribe to that evidence, but one piece of solid contrary information can dismantle the whole thing. Knowing that, I believe in atheism (or at least agnosticism leaning toward atheism), because it is currently the best we have.I say that you are arguing from just your view because of a few reasons: 1, you laugh at me, indicating a stubborn arrogance characteristic of a superiority complex (which is vulnerable to various fallacies). 2, your understanding of basic concepts is fuzzy. I’m thinking you read so deeply into philosophy that you’re letting the fundamentals slip away from you. Do some review.I want to get into a deeper discussion with you (hopefully get back on the original subject of this article), but when we can’t agree even on the definition of terms, and when I’m fending off LOLs and LMAOs, it’s just not going to happen. I’m done. I don’t have enough time these days to keep picking apart inconsistent philosophical ramblings.

  3. Christine Walton says:

    Hello Greetings
    I am very interested in “My soul is moved to dance” Is there anywhere nearby to stay please Ive had a look and found “The Trewern Arms”
    Loved this quote on your site

    Awakening
    “Look up from your life. There’s a river running under your feet, under this house, under this street, straight from the heart, ancient and sweet, on its way back home. Look up from your life.” James Taylor
    Love Christine

  4. Grizel Care says:

    Saints and Stones are an established group which promotes pilgrimage in North Pembrokeshire. We now have five trails which visit old and interesting churches, and hope to add more trails in the near future. We have an annual pilgrimage at the end of July which always ends the day with evensong at St Davids Cathedral. We also have an annual competition for children. All the information is available on our website. http://saintsandstones.co.uk

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