Upcoming Events
  • Jim Kenney
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
How did the world blunder into the Great War? What happened before and during 1914? Jim will lead our exploration of this complex topic by drawing on several masterful treatments of the origins of World War I.
  • Jim Kenney
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
The eminent British scholar (and long-time friend of Common Ground) Alan Race will be our guide as we explore the tantalizingly progressive path of pluralism
  • Jim Kenney
7:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Common Ground Crystal Lake
This lecture traces the high points of the story of the legendary conqureror, Genghis Khan, and that of his sons and grandsons, including the great Kublai, conqueror of China.
  • Pauline Viviano
7:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Common Ground Grayslake
Thinking about the end of the world arose at a particular time, in a particular place, to answer particular questions. In this lecture, we will focus on the origin and purpose of apocalyptic thinking and why it seems to continue to captivate many people today.
  • Jim Kenney
1:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Special Events
Common Ground Deerfield
How does one create a personally meaningful spiritual path?
Unfortunately, the CG Fall Bulletin's "Spiritual Practice" section gave the wrong email for Laura Bernstein. This is important, since all new participants are asked to contact Laura before joining her Meditation class. We're very sorry for the error. The correct email is:  LJBernstein339@gmail.com.

May 15th, 2015 will be Common Ground's 40th anniversary! We're planning a Gala celebration on October 18, 2015. (Click to learn more.)
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. (Note: apologies to Ellen Katz, whose name was inadvertently omitted from the resource persons list in the CG Fall Bulletin.)

Latest Blog Posts
Jim Kenney is featured in a remarkable new book by Chicago author Betsy Storm.
Watch for the new 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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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.