Upcoming Events
  • Jerrol Leitner
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
According to the second century Gospel of Mary of Magdala, Mary is Jesus’ confidante, his interpreter, and his replacement. And yet early in Christianity, Mary of Magdala becomes a woman dishonored and discarded. This talk examines the woman, the myth, and the gospel that bears her name.
  • Carl Jerome
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Special Events
Common Ground Deerfield
We know from 3000 years of monks in the East watching their minds, as well as from extensive current research, that mindfulness requires an internal voice to monitor how we process the people and events of our lives. These voices, this self-talk – known as a  meta-cognitive voice –  acts as a tool to aid us in living happier, healthier, less-stressful lives.
  • Jim Kenney
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
This two-week workshop winds up on election day 2016. Anyone who’s not nervous by then isn’t paying attention.
(Note: since this copy was written, just about everything has changed! We'll pay special attention to how we got to this extraordinary point.)
  • Herbert W. Bronstein
  • Jim Kenney
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
In an age of religious dialogue as well as discord, it seems timely to revisit The Jew in the Lotus​, the deeply moving 2009 account of Jews and Buddhists getting to know one another in India. While accompanying eight high-spirited Jewish delegates to Dharamsala, India, for a historic Buddhist-Jewish dialogue with the Dalai Lama, poet Rodger Kamenetz comes to understand the convergence of Buddhist and Jewish thought.
  • John Wasik
7:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Common Ground Deerfield
Drawing on his upcoming book Lightning Strikes, John Wasik will use the life and inventions of the genius inventor Nikola Tesla as a lens to show how we can spark our own creativity and innovation.
Here's the newest Bulletin. Fall 2016 Classes begin Tuesday, September 13.
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Here's the list of the great teachers who will be presenting this fall 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. 

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Be sure to check the latest 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.
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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.