Upcoming Events
  • Carl Jerome
03/04/2015
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
Ordinary householders, kings and princes, and wandering mendicants would all come to the Buddha and ask questions about how to live a more peaceful life. The Buddha’s answers were always in the form of lists, which guide us into living and loving with open hearts and minds.
  • Jim Kenney
03/10/2015
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
A foray into Paris in the "beautiful time," from 1870-1871 until the beginning of the great war. Great talents, great minds, and extraordinary ferment.
  • Carl Jerome
03/11/2015
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
Ordinary householders, kings and princes, and wandering mendicants would all come to the Buddha and ask questions about how to live a more peaceful life. The Buddha’s answers were always in the form of lists, which guide us into living and loving with open hearts and minds.
  • Jerrol Leitner
03/11/2015
7:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Satellite
Common Ground Flossmoor
In a recent article, popular author Rabbi Rami Shapiro creates a list of things he says clergy would rather keep secret. In this series, we will explore those statements – agreeing with some, disputing others, but always savoring the challenge Rabbi Rami sets before us.
  • Herbert W. Bronstein
03/11/2015
7:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Lecture
Common Ground Deerfield
Rabbi Bronstein will explore Martin Buber’s classic I and Thou — one of the most important of his contributions to Judaism and to the larger world. Along the way, he’ll share his thoughts on how Martin Buber might have reacted to the deterioration of his own dream that Israel might become a truly bi-national state and to the rise of ultra-Orthodoxy in modern Israel.
Announcements
Check out the offerings at CG's several Satellites. Most offer monthly lectures. Common Ground in your neighborhood!
Here's the list of the great teachers who will be presenting this winter at CG Deerfield and our Satellites. They're all distinguished thinkers, scholars, and presenters. Get to know them all. Our faculty and our participants are our most precious assets. Click "Read More" for the entire list. 

Latest Blog Posts
Jim Kenney is featured in a remarkable new book by Chicago author Betsy Storm.
Watch for the new Donors Honor Roll on display in the rear of the CG classroom.
It’s not easy to ask for help. We all know that. It’s harder still for a not-for-profit whose supporters have rightly come to take it for granted. Yes, CG asks regularly for contributions, but that should never be taken as a sign of organizational weakness.
Latest Bulletin
The Common Ground Bulletin is sent three times each year and highlights various items of Common Ground.
About Common Ground

Founded by Ron Miller and Jim Kenney in 1975, Common Ground is a center for inquiry, study, and dialogue. Our primary concern is the human quest for understanding and the human pursuit of significance. While our endeavor began with the study of world religions and the commitment to inter-faith dialogue, our range of program offerings has been greatly expanded over the past several years.

Today, our primary focus is on the world's great cultural, philosophical, religious, and spiritual traditions and their implications for every dimension of human experience. Our course offerings include a tremendous variety of topics, including, but not limited to: history, literature, art, science, psychology, business, relationship, health, and personal growth. Our programs are shaped to meet the needs of all who are excited by ideas and serious about the quest.

Common Ground is for those who are already deeply grounded in their own traditions and for those who are still searching. It is a place for all who are fascinated by the convergence of the ancient with the modern, of East with West, and of spirituality with planetary reality. Common Ground brings together a knowledge of the past and a vision of the future for a better understanding of the present.

Common Ground is a fully registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.