Upcoming Events
  • Jim Kenney
06/27/2017
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
This workshop examines the animating ideas of the Enlightenment now being undercut in the effort to catalogue the “dumbing down” of American culture in our time.
  • Herbert W. Bronstein
  • Jim Kenney
06/28/2017
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
Religion has been fighting a defensive battle against science since the late 19th century. In more recent times, there seems to have been something of a reversal and a renewed assertiveness on the part of religious thinkers in regard to the search for truth, values, and world outlook.
  • Herbert W. Bronstein
  • Jim Kenney
07/05/2017
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
Religion has been fighting a defensive battle against science since the late 19th century. In more recent times, there seems to have been something of a reversal and a renewed assertiveness on the part of religious thinkers in regard to the search for truth, values, and world outlook.
  • Jim Kenney
07/08/2017
1:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Special Events
Common Ground Deerfield
Three wonderful authors (George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and Margaret Atwood) have something to help us in our current struggle to make sense of the American present and future. All three help us to understand the difference between fear and hope.
  • Jim Kenney
07/11/2017
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
From Big Data to Big Dark, we’ve come a long way on a disturbing journey. From identity theft to corporate espionage to inter-governmental hacking...a newer, darker world has opened up. What are the implications?
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!

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Introduction to Mindfulness and Mindfulness Meditation (with Carl Jerome). a weekly drop-in class of theory and practice, open to anyone interested meditation. Begins Sunday, May 7th.
Guided Autobiography is a class to assist people of all ages in writing their memoirs. 
Note: free introductory class, May 11, 9:30-11:30 am. The cost of remaining classes (five weeks) will be $60.
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Sea Change Blog
As you may have noticed, I’m returning these days to the theme of cultural evolution, the subject of my 2010 book, Thriving in the Crosscurrent: Clarity and Hope in a Time of Cultural Sea Change. Cultural evolution is the slow, steady advance of humanity’s most essential cultural values (e.g, peace, justice, and ecological sustainability) toward a closer fit with reality. Thus, for example, “the arc of human history” bends toward peace, justice, and ecological sustainability and away from racism, sexism, hateful nationalism, and violent response to personal and societal identity crisis.
 
Hold it! (I can almost hear the chorus.) How can we hold out any hope for values-evolution, in the face of so much apparent evidence (these days) to the contrary? Well, the answer is to be found in the eddies of resistance to the cultural-evolutionary dynamic.

We’re living in a critical transformative period characterized by a steady decline in influence of some of our most familiar assumptions, values, and models for understanding. We’ve come increasingly to question and challenge patriarchy, the legitimacy of war, ecological exploitation and pollution, racially-based policies, injustice, religious exclusivism, and imperialism. At the same time, we’ve begun to explore and even to give our hesitant allegiance to newer or rediscovered values including human rights, social justice, ecological sustainability, care for the Earth, non-violence, and interreligious harmony. What’s it like to live at a time when the influence of the declining values is roughly equal to that of ascending, emergent values? Well, it’s a lot like now.
This is the first in an ongoing series of posts on the key elements of the animating idea of this blog — Cultural Evolution. Over the course of the next months, posts with the "Sea Change" heading will highlight key concepts from Thriving in the Crosscurrent: Clarity and Hope in a Time of Cultural Sea Change, by Jim Kenney (available on Amazon.com and on Amazon Kindle).

These thematic posts will be interspersed with a variety of other pieces offering insights into the realities of modern cultural evolution. 
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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.

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