Upcoming Events
  • Jim Kenney
02/28/2017
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
“Why is it that each of us holds the beliefs that we do?” Daniel Oppenheimer asks this question in his remarkable new book. For answers, he excavates the lives and writings of six 20th-century intellectuals, politicians and journalists — Whittaker Chambers, James Burnham, Ronald Reagan, Norman Podhoretz, David Horowitz, and Christopher Hitchens — who experienced political or ideological conversions, starting left, veering right. Each of these six lives challenges us to ask where our own beliefs come from, and what it might take to change them.
  • Jerrol Leitner
03/01/2017
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
When Constantine claimed the empire in 306, Christian teaching was varied and inconsistent. A minority camp called Jesus divine and equal to God the Father but the majority saw Jesus as subordinate to the Father and lacking in absolute divinity. The first "ecumenical" Council of the Chuch, convened by Constantine in the city of Nicaea, changed that forever.
  • Jim Kenney
03/05/2017
1:00 PM - 03:30 AM
Special Events
Common Ground Deerfield
In October 2012, CG played a key role in helping to bring together three major global interreligious organizations in a gathering of 250 religious leaders, scholars, and activists. We met in Rome and then in Florence, Italy to take up a critical question: Do religion and spirituality evolve or do they merely change? The verdict of the conference was a resounding “Yes” for religious evolution...and for the gradual improvement and enrichment of religion and the spiritual search. Why? What were we thinking? And just what does it portend?
  • Jim Kenney
03/07/2017
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
“Why is it that each of us holds the beliefs that we do?” Daniel Oppenheimer asks this question in his remarkable new book. For answers, he excavates the lives and writings of six 20th-century intellectuals, politicians and journalists — Whittaker Chambers, James Burnham, Ronald Reagan, Norman Podhoretz, David Horowitz, and Christopher Hitchens — who experienced political or ideological conversions, starting left, veering right. Each of these six lives challenges us to ask where our own beliefs come from, and what it might take to change them.
  • Jerrol Leitner
03/08/2017
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
When Constantine claimed the empire in 306, Christian teaching was varied and inconsistent. A minority camp called Jesus divine and equal to God the Father but the majority saw Jesus as subordinate to the Father and lacking in absolute divinity. The first "ecumenical" Council of the Chuch, convened by Constantine in the city of Nicaea, changed that forever.
Common Ground Blog
Don't miss the new "Sea Change Blog" just below this "Common Ground Blog." The CG Blog contains news of interest to Common Ground participants. The Sea Change Blog contains the reflections of Jim Kenney (and others) on the topic of cultural evolution.

The latest CG Bulletin (Winter 2017) is now available for download.
It's already in the mail. And we are now uploading Winter 2017 programs to this web site.

We hope you enjoy the wonderful array of resource persons and programs!

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Common Ground is pleased to offer two ongoing programs in spiritual practice: Monday evenings, Meditation with Laura Bernstein and Fridays, The Enneagram with Rosemary Hurwitz. Read on for more information.
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Sea Change Blog
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. 
This post is the first in a series of offerings on the subject of "Sea Change," Jim Kenney's term for the dramatic acceleration of cultural evolution in our time. The topic is addressed in Jim's book, Thriving in the Crosscurrent—Clarity and Hope in a Time of Cultural Sea Change. (Click for the Amazon Kindle link. Click here to visit the book web site, Seachanges.net.

This essay appears in the Winter 2017 CG Bulletin (available for download below). It is the first in a new ongoing series that will appear here.
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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.