Caring for Common Ground

Caring for Common Ground is a collaboration between Holy Wisdom Monastery and the Earth Partnership ecological restoration education program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Through summer workshops and year-round opportunities for restoration planning and work together, Caring for Common Ground participants engage in reflection and dialogue about the ethical and spiritual dimensions of restoration, practice skills in restoration and land care, and support one another in a spiritually-engaged community of restoration practice.

Caring for Common Ground is an interfaith (including non-faith), inclusive group. All are welcome, and participants come from a wide variety of backgrounds, religious or spiritual affiliations, and degrees of experience in ecological restoration.

In Participants’ Words:

  • Caring for Common Ground has so much to offer people of faith or from faith-based organizations on the topic of land restoration and environmental stewardship, from practical experience on how to plan a restoration project, learning more about plant selection, and hands-on practice, all rooted in the premise that our faiths call us to do this work. This workshop sparked ideas for future projects at my organization and also restored me in the process.
  • Caring for Common Ground has become my spiritual practice support group. It has made my life more meaningful.
  • Caring for Common Ground workshop was an uplifting, loving educational development – and even more so – spiritual development experience that prepares people to enact their values more effectively.