Upcoming Events
  • Jim Kenney
  • Ahmad Sadri
  • John Wasik
  • Nancy Tuchman
01/22/2017
1:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Special Events
Common Ground Deerfield
On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. How did this come to pass? What does his astonishing victory tell us about our times, our fears, our electoral system, and the possible futures that confront us? If this was a backlash, we need to ask “by whom?” and “against what?” In this very special CG event, Jim will be joined by three of our regular faculty members, each with one or more areas of relevant expertise. We'll discuss freely and in as much depth as the limited time allows.
  • Jim Kenney
01/24/2017
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
The Gilded Age marked the rise of modern America. But the progress was in many respects, only superficial – “gilded,” not golden. The darker side – the immense power of robber barons, the struggles of the working class, and capital-labor violence – led in time to growing popular support for economic, social, and political reform. The Progressive Era was born. 
  • Ahmad Sadri
01/25/2017
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
This two-part series will explore a seven-hundred-year-old satirical poem. The poet is Obeyd of Zakan (circa 1300-1370 CE) who lived in perilous times. The Fable of the Cat and Mouse (a 75-line poem) is his most famous work. Ahmad translated it in the Summer of 2014, while in Tehran, preserving the rhyme and the unique play on meter that gives the poem its immortal form.
  • Jim Kenney
01/31/2017
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
The Gilded Age marked the rise of modern America. But the progress was in many respects, only superficial – “gilded,” not golden. The darker side – the immense power of robber barons, the struggles of the working class, and capital-labor violence – led in time to growing popular support for economic, social, and political reform. The Progressive Era was born. 
  • Pauline Viviano
02/01/2017
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
By focusing on the Paul’s epistles to the Romans and to the Corinthians we will explore the theological and practical sides of Paul’s understanding of salvation as achieved in Jesus’ death and resurrection and consider whether Paul’s theology continues to have meaning.
Common Ground Blog
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.
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!

Click here to download.
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.
Sea Change Blog
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.
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!

Click here to download.
Here's the list of the great teachers who will be presenting this Winter 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" to view the entire list. 

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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.