Upcoming Events
  • Jim Kenney
02/26/2019
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
We'll explore the history of the Korean peninsula from the 1910 Japanese occupation, through the division of Korea and the Korean war (1945-1953), the rise of Kim Il Sung and his dynasty. Finally, we'll speculate on the curious Trump-Kim story, the nuclear issue, and the future of the Korean peninsula.
  • Carl Jerome
02/27/2019
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
In this session, participants will work with the presenter to draw a mind map that illustrates the path to happiness.
  • Jim Kenney
03/04/2019
7:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Satellite
Common Ground Crystal Lake
Which of America's eleven rival nations do you hail from (Yankeedom, New Netherland, the Midlands, Tidewater, Greater Appalachia, the Deep South, New France, El Norte, the Left Coast, the Far West, or First Nation)? It's a vital and intriguing question.  Our divisions stem from the fact that the United States is a federation comprised of the whole or part of eleven regional nations, some of which truly do not see eye to eye with one another.
  • Jim Kenney
03/05/2019
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
We'll explore the history of the Korean peninsula from the 1910 Japanese occupation, through the division of Korea and the Korean war (1945-1953), the rise of Kim Il Sung and his dynasty. Finally, we'll speculate on the curious Trump-Kim story, the nuclear issue, and the future of the Korean peninsula.
  • Jim Kenney
  • Pauline Viviano
03/06/2019
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
Pope Francis has, in a way, reopened doors long thought closed, inviting something of a liberal resurgence in the Church. At the same time, however, he has fueled the deep resentments and animosities that many conservative Catholics have long nurtured. And now, Francis is under attack from bitter enemies in the hierarchy. Where is it all heading? Is a schism even imaginable? Is a healing? 
Common Ground Blog
Owing to the expected ice storm Tuesday night (2/5-6/19), Kenneth James' Wednesday morning program on "Unwitting Bodhisattvas," originally scheduled for February 6-13 is postponed. It will now be held February 13-20.

The scheduled Wednesday a.m. class for 2/20/19, "American Jews Face a Choice," featuring Herbert Bronstein and Jim Kenney is cancelled. It will be rescheduled in the Spring-Summer session.
CG Crystal Lake's March program will be held on Monday, March 11, from 7:00-9:00 pm. The presentation will feature Jim Kenney on "The Eleven Nations of North America." We're sorry that an unfortunate mix-up resulted in the CG Bulletin's listing March 4 as the event date.
Common Ground is delighted to announce that the classroom at our Deerfield Center, at 815 Rosemary Terrace, will be dedicated in memory of Marjorie Lindsay Reed.
 
Marjorie was a dear friend to all Common Grounders. She was a long-time Board member and served twice as Chair of the organization. A major benefactor of CG, Marjorie Reed contributed even more with her ideas, inspirations, and unflagging support for the group she had embraced since its birth in 1975.
Marjorie passed away on May 1, 2018.

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Sea Change Blog
Why do so many people believe such unbelievable things? Why do others so easily see through "crazy claims?" There are at least two major value clusters -- Two Cultures -- in our popular and political discourse. They explain a great deal.

Click here for Jim Kenney's handout on "The Two Cultures."
We hear constantly about how deeply polarized our nation has become. I personally believe we're closer to 65%-35% on critical issues than the polarization pundits' imagined 50-50 split. But it's true that there are at least two major value clusters in our popular and political discourse. I think they  explain a great deal.
The renowned Oxford scholar of the history of fascism, Roger Griffin, offers a brilliant short definition of this ugly political dynamic. "Fascism is a political ideology whose mythic core in its various permutations is a palingenetic form of populist ultra-nationalism."
 
The most significant of these three identifiers is the first, "palingenetic." Derived from the Greek (palin, "again") and the Latin (genesis, "birth"), the word was ancient term for reincarnation. More recently, it simply means "rebirth." And rebirth is perhaps the core fascist idea. But a new birth demands a new past, that is, a reimagining of a culture's origins. As it seeks a "new birth" or a "reincarnation" of the culture and state, fascism requires a new (and necessarily false) account of who we are, who we were, and how we got to the here and now. Fake history is a necessary ingredient in the making of the fascist state.
 
Fascism demands a well-woven but deeply flawed account of a culture's origins, history, and vision of itself.

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