Coronavirus Resources

Commonweal remains open. We have postponed many retreats and events, and some retreat center programs are scheduled to continue. We are greatly increasing our online offerings. We are exploring ways to meet safely face-to-face as well. Everyone here wants to help. We are collecting a growing list of resources from our various programs to help us all […]

What if the Grid Goes Down?

March 15, 2020 / Several dozen global vectors or stressors have created the “perfect storm” of our time. It is not just climate change and inequality that threaten us. Commonweal President Michael Lerner explores another vector, a cyberattack on the energy grid.

Resilience: Living Beyond Fear with the Coronavirus

The first thing to overcome with the coronavirus is fear. The virus is certainly dangerous. The likelihood is we will need to learn to live with it. A “new normal” will emerge with its own protocols for traveling, meeting, caring for each other, grieving those we lose, and living our lives.

California’s Youth Prison System Gets New Name and Home

March 1, 2020 Commonweal Juvenile Justice Program Program Director David Steinhart was recently featured in San Francisco Chronicle article about proposed legislation to raise the age limit for adult prosecution in California. Read more about David and his juvenile justice work in the following article excerpted from Commonweal News. *** by David Steinhart Director, Commonweal Juvenile […]

Compassion at the Border: A 95-Day Pilgrimage

January 1, 2020 / For 95 days this past spring, Francisco Ramos Stierle, known as “Pancho,” carried a flag with an image of the earth on it as he walked more than 600 miles, raising awareness about the critical situation facing immigrants at the Mexican/United States border.

A Commonweal Community Rooted in Jewish Wisdom

December 2, 2019 / The idea for Taproot arose over a dinner of molé enchiladas in Santa Fé, New Mexico. Adam Horowitz, founder of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, was expressing his desire to access Jewish teachings, practices, and community to support him in his work as a creative activist and organizer.

Changing Integrative Cancer Care

November 15, 2019 / We may or may not be able to change the course of a disease. But we can profoundly affect the human experience of the illness. We may or may not be able to change pain. But we can profoundly affect the human experience of suffering.