Upcoming Events
  • Anna Trumbore Jones
7:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Common Ground Deerfield
This talk will survey Roman and medieval Christian thinking on the relationship of wealth to the religious life and to salvation. We'll wind up with the mercantile revolution of the high and late Middle Ages and the effect of the blossoming money economy on Christian thinking, focusing in particular on Francis of Assisi and his order.
  • Kenneth James
7:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Common Ground Chicago
In this presentation, participants will consider ways to move from dreams to a deeper understanding of individual suffering, spiritual sustenance, and continuous healing by deepening the relationship to what Jung called the Self, the source and destiny of each individual life.
  • Jerrol Leitner
7:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Common Ground Crystal Lake
Jesus’ message is primarily to Israel, but Paul’s mission is to the Gentiles. Jesus preaches the Kingdom of God, but Paul preaches Jesus the Christ. This two-part talk examines the relationship of Paul to Jesus: Jesus and Paul or Paul versus Jesus? 
  • John Wasik
7:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Common Ground Grayslake
John Wasik will be discussing Pope Francis's recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, (Praise Be to You), and why it matters to everyone on the planet.
  • Ahmad Sadri
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
The Shi’ite-Sunni divide is all over the news. Sunni states complain of a Shi’ite Crescent from Lebanon and Iran to Iraq. Shi’ites express their fear of a Sunni insurgency in the form of Al Qaeda and ISIL. What are the historical, cultural and political roots of this sectarian divide?
CG is very sorry to announce that the February 6th Workshop, "Awakened World" has been cancelled.
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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.

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