Upcoming Events
  • Jim Kenney
09/27/2016
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
We will turn to history in our search for understanding — from the rise and growth of Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Israel, to the intensification of the Cold War, and the increasing antagonism between Americans and Middle Easterners that finds its ugliest expression in extremism on both sides. But we'll also be looking to the future in our search for hope.
  • Jim Kenney
09/30/2016
7:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Satellite
Common Ground Grayslake
The entry of the Ottoman Empire into the World War in 1914 added a powerful new religious complication to what had until then been a struggle among Christian nations.  The story's most fascinating dimensions may lie in the interweaving of religion and politics, and in the crumbling of old empires on every side.
  • Nancy Tuchman
  • Jim Kenney
10/01/2016
9:45 AM - 03:00 PM
Special Events
Common Ground Deerfield
The new Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola's Lake Shore Campus combines academics and research with sustainable agriculture and community living, all in one amazing facility. Guided by the Institute's founding Director, CG regular faculty member Nancy Tuchman, assisted by Jim Kenney, we'll explore the Institute and learn about the six major focal areas of the program.
  • Jim Kenney
10/04/2016
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
We will turn to history in our search for understanding — from the rise and growth of Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Israel, to the intensification of the Cold War, and the increasing antagonism between Americans and Middle Easterners that finds its ugliest expression in extremism on both sides. But we'll also be looking to the future in our search for hope.
  • Jim Kendros
10/20/2016
1:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Third Thursdays
Common Ground Deerfield
What is it like to be a composer? What is involved in the creation of music? Composer Jim Kendros will answer these questions and more.

The theme for this series is Music and Life
These special programs, featuring presentations on the arts and humanities will be held on the third Thursdays of September, October, and November, from 1:00-2:30 pm. $39 for the series or $15 per session. All programs are held at the Deerfield Center. 
Announcements
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. 

Latest Blog Posts
Some folks have asked for guidance in using the CG Web Site. Here are a few hints.
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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.
Latest Bulletin
The Common Ground Bulletin is sent three times each year and highlights various items of Common Ground.

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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.