Upcoming Events
  • Jim Kenney
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
Russell Shorto is the author of the indispensable The Island at the Centre of the World (2004), a marvelous history of the founding of New Amsterdam, later New York. Now he turns his attention to Amsterdam itself and its transformation from a backward agrarian region into a global hub of wealth and power, followed by its long descent to its current status as a charming capital city.
  • Pauline Viviano
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield

Why are there so many wars in the Old Testament (the Hebrew Bible)? How and why is

God involved in these wars? We'll explore these and other questions as we consider the issues surrounding

God, war, and genocide in the Bible.

  • Ahmad Sadri
7:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Common Ground Glenview
We will explore the historical roots of the 12-year nuclear negotiations between Iran and the international group known as P5+1 and reflect on their far-reaching social and political consequences.
  • R.J. Lindsey
1:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Third Thursdays
Common Ground Deerfield
(R.J. Lindsey is  Bach in this unique presentation.)

Johann Sebastian Bach reflects upon his life telling stories of family, fellow composers

and his musical composition.

  • Evan Moffic
7:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Common Ground Grayslake

Join Rabbi Evan Moffic to explore the intersection of history, politics, culture, and religion

in the evolving relationship between America and Israel.

CG is hosting its Gala Brunch in celebration of 40 years of excellence in teaching and providing access to a changing world. Join us at the North Shore Country Club in Glenview next Sunday, October 11 at 11:00 a.m. Good friends, great guests, wonderful food, and a terrific time for all. 
We're happy to announce that the newest Common Ground Bulletin is in the mail and also available here on the CG website. We're very excited about our new programs as we continue our celebration of Common Ground's 40th year!
CG regrets to announce that Carl Jerome's Mindfulness Meditation sessions (Thursday evenings) have ended.
Latest Blog Posts
Jim Kenney is featured in a remarkable new book by Chicago author Betsy Storm.
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.
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.