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  • Jim Kenney
04/24/2018
9:30 AM - 12:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
Thomas Friedman’s latest book addresses the pace of change in our evolving culture. And he asks us to “slow down.” In Thank You for Being Late, a work unlike anything he has attempted before, Friedman takes on the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts.
  • Jerrol Leitner
04/25/2018
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
Robert Frost, America’s favorite 20th century poet, presented himself as an amiable grandfather, bristly but cuddly. In reality, however, his poetry searched life’s dark and uncertain corners.
  • Jim Kenney
05/01/2018
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
Thomas Friedman’s latest book addresses the pace of change in our evolving culture. And he asks us to “slow down.” In Thank You for Being Late, a work unlike anything he has attempted before, Friedman takes on the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts.
  • Pauline Viviano
05/02/2018
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
Prophecy arose at a particular time in the history of Israel and died out after a few centuries, but it has lived on in different ways throughout the centuries.  Briefly we will explore the task of the prophets of ancient Israel, but our main concern in these two presentations will be on the nature of prophecy as it developed beyond Israel in the early Church and in other religious traditions.  
  • Jerrol Leitner
05/03/2018
7:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Satellite
Common Ground Chicago
Rabbi Rami Shapiro is widely recognized as one of the most creative figures in contemporary American Judaism. In his new book, Holy Rascals: Advice for Spiritual Revolutionaries, Rabbi Rami asks two important questions about religion: are we making all this up, and if so, can we make it up in a more positive and life-affirming way?
Common Ground Blog
Common Ground prides itself on its faculty. Most of our resource persons hold academic positions, but all have considerable experience and expertise in one or more fields. And, most important, they're all good teachers!

Get to know them. You won't be disappointed.
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As you'll soon discover, the overarching theme of this program wave is Truth.

You'll see that vital theme addressed in many ways in many of our offerings. And you'll also find a strong emphasis on Hope!

PLEASE NOTE that CG's Grayslake Satellite will be on HIATUS until the fall.
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Sea Change Blog
Oscar Wilde once wrote that politicians aren't great liars: "They never rise beyond the level of misrepresentation.... How different from the temper of the true liar, with his frank, fearless statements, his superb irresponsibility, his healthy, natural disdain of proof of any kind! After all, what is a fine lie? Simply that which is its own evidence." 

We can easily imagine how Oscar Wilde might respond to the preposterous late-night fabrications and rally falsehoods that characterize the discourse of the current occupant of America's center of government. What we should ask instead is this: how will a sitting president's indifference to the truth affect America's political, social, and even existential future? Is there, in other words, light at the end of the post-truth tunnel?
Our time seems to have forgotten civility. Perhaps it's not so surprising – when it seems that our democracy might fail – that mutual respect is an indulgence that the righteous can no longer afford and that the unrighteous no longer bother with. Anger has become the defining emotion of our time.
 
But anger can be well-placed and outrage is perhaps the most moral emotion. When we recognize the outrageous, we are empowered to act. And the times in which we live are outrageous.

Does culture evolve? Or does it merely change? Culture is the organic matrix within which we make our choices and are in turn shaped by them. The culture of a particular society comprises the beliefs, knowledge, practices, and institutions that structure its life and are transmitted to its next generation. As important as values are, they are only part of the cultural whole.
Changing values drive cultural change; but just think about the relationship between these two dynamics. The benchmarks of a progressive values shift are increasing creative complexity, greater awareness of interdependence, and the further integration of ways of knowing. As these values evolve, what happens to the way people in a culture think and behave? 

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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.

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