The Commonweal Way: Summer Letter from Michael Lerner

Dear Commonweal Friends,

I hope this finds you well. This is my summer letter to the Commonweal community. It comes at a special point in our history.

This year I turn 80. Our executive director, Oren Slozberg, turns 60. And it’s 50 years since I co-founded Full Circle, the residential school for at-risk children just outside Bolinas that gave birth to Commonweal three years later in 1976.

Under Oren’s leadership, Commonweal has grown exponentially over the past five years. We have more than doubled our programs, budget, and staff. We are doing a great deal more good in the world—in health and healing, education and the arts, and environment and justice. And we’re focused on strengthening the resilience of all our work in the ever changing conditions created by the global polycrisis.

This year is a good time for us to reflect and to ask what is ours to do in the decades ahead.
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