Upcoming Events
  • Jim Kenney
05/26/2015
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
Understanding the Cold War seems particularly important now that relations between the U.S. and Russia have become noticeably cooler, if not yet “cold.” In this very special workshop, we will explore four “cold war cold cases” that highlight the role of American policy-makers and the Central Intelligence Agency. In each case, the actions taken were justified as necessary in the light of the constant struggle with the Soviet Union.
  • Jim Kenney
05/27/2015
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
That’s the controversial thesis of Fields of Blood, the newest bestseller by renowned religious scholar Karen Armstrong. The book is a strong and, at the same time, fascinating rebuke to emerging militant atheism.
  • Herbert W. Bronstein
05/27/2015
7:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Lecture
Common Ground Deerfield
Amsterdam was the most liberal community in the world in the 17th century. Should there have been such passionate resistance to the teachings of one man?
  • John Wasik
05/28/2015
7:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Satellite
Common Ground Crystal Lake
Drawing on the new book, Misbehaving, by University of Chicago Economist Richard Thaler, John Wasik tells how we can identify and avoid our worst instincts in many realms of our lives.
  • Jerrol Leitner
05/29/2015
7:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Satellite
Common Ground Grayslake
In his 2011 book, Speaking Christian, Marcus Borg argues that Christians are mired in a religious language so distorted that it becomes a stumbling block to faith.
Announcements
CG deeply regrets to announce that the Flossmoor satellite will no longer be in operation. The May, June, and July dates are cancelled.
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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.