Meet CG's Resource People for Spring-Summer 2019

Jim Kenney, CG Executive Director, Executive Director, Common Ground; former Global Director, Parliament of the World’s Religions and Project Coordinator, the Peace Council; author, Thriving in the Crosscurrent: Clarity and Hope in a Time of Cultural Sea Change.


Linda Kimball, CG Administrator, former Executive Director, OASIS Chicago; Co-Owner/Director, Great Age Productions; Consultant on Not-for-Profit Management and Development; Licensed Real Estate Broker. 


Laura Bernstein, MA, University of Chicago; rabbinical studies, Hebrew Seminary of the Deaf; leader and composer of interfaith chants; author of poetry and articles on spirituality; co-author of Healing the Jewish-Christian Rift

Herbert W. Bronstein, regular CG faculty; Senior Rabbi Emeritus, North Shore Congregation Israel; -editor, Liturgies for the Reform Movement; lecturer, Lake Forest College; Shakespearean scholar; expert on religions.


Rosemary Hurwitz, MA, PS, Loyola University; twenty years experience in career consulting and in leading retreats for Discovery weekends; over ten years studying the Enneagram, certified in 2001.

Carl Jerome, regular CG faculty; founding teacher, North Shore Meditation and Dharma Center; Senior Dharma Teacher, Mid-America Buddhist Association; meditation teacher, Cancer Wellness Center, Northbrook.


Jerrol Leitner, regular CG faculty; M.A., Theology, St. John University, Collegeville, MN; M.A., English, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL; retired; 40 years teaching English and Theology.

Pamela Mayers, MA in Reading Instruction and Guidance and Counseling, Northeastern Illinois University; Ed.D, National-Louis University; 38 years teaching at elementary and college level; Certified Guided Autobiography Instructor.

Maurice Pickard, MD, regular CG faculty; medical school, University of Illinois College of Medicine; residency, University of Illinois Hospital, Chicago and the University of California; retired from private practice anc currently focused on ethics in medicine.

Ahmad Sadri, regular CG faculty; Ph.D., New School for Social Research; College Professor of Islamic World Studies, Lake Forest College; author of several books, in Persian and in English, including Max Weber’s Sociology of Individuals and his recent translation of the Shanameh (the Persian Book of Kings).


Pauline Viviano, regular CG faculty; Ph.D., Biblical Languages and Literature, St. Louis University; Associate Professor of Theology, Loyola University, Chicago; recently completed a commentary on the Books of Jeremiah and Baruch for the new Collegeville Commentary Series.

John Wasik, regular CG faculty; M.A., the University of Illinois-Chicago; author of 13 books including his latest, Lightning Strikes: Timeless Lessons in Creativity from the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla.