Upcoming Events
  • Jim Kenney
03/31/2015
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
The story of Scotland, a saga of enlightenment, bravado, and otherness.... We’ll take it all on in this CG workshop.
  • Kenneth James
04/01/2015
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
Jung's work made it possible for individuals to find support and healing not only through a detailed deconstruction of past traumatic events, but also by examining curious parallels between personal lived experiences, past and present, and themes found in collective stories: myths, fairy tales, legends, and religious narratives. Participants will examine the mythic foundations of personal identity, and ways to develop sensitivity to mythic elements in everyday life.
  • Jim Kenney
04/01/2015
7:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Satellite
Common Ground Flossmoor
That’s the controversial thesis of Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence, the newest bestseller by renowned religious scholar Karen Armstrong. The book is a strong and, at the same time, fascinating rebuke to emerging militant atheism (expressed more and more often these days in ignorant Islamophobia).
  • Jim Kenney
04/07/2015
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
The story of Scotland, a saga of enlightenment, bravado, and otherness.... We’ll take it all on in this CG workshop.
  • Harold Kasimow
  • John Merkle
04/08/2015
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
In a CG 40th Anniversary Visiting Scholars presentation, Harold Kasimow and John Merkle will explore several of the most influential Jewish responses to the Holocaust, referred to in Hebrew as the Shoah, (“catastrophe”).  
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.