Upcoming Events
  • Ahmad Sadri
01/23/2019
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
How has the function of religion in society changed? It's been quite a journey. But what is true religion? Where does it fit in modern society? 
  • Jim Kenney
01/29/2019
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
Science writer and publisher John Brockman (host of the online science salon, Edge.org) has an astonishingly broad and diverse circle of scholarly friends, which includes some of the brightest lights in countless fields. Each year or so, he poses a question to the group, inviting each to contribute a page or two to a new volume exploring the key question. One of the very best in the series is This Idea Must Die!, which includes over 160 truly unique and intriguing essays on how ideas outlive their usefulness.
  • Ahmad Sadri
01/30/2019
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
How has the function of religion in society changed? It's been quite a journey. But what is true religion? Where does it fit in modern society? 
  • Jim Kenney
02/05/2019
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
Science writer and publisher John Brockman (host of the online science salon, Edge.org) has an astonishingly broad and diverse circle of scholarly friends, which includes some of the brightest lights in countless fields. Each year or so, he poses a question to the group, inviting each to contribute a page or two to a new volume exploring the key question. One of the very best in the series is This Idea Must Die!, which includes over 160 truly unique and intriguing essays on how ideas outlive their usefulness.
  • Kenneth James
02/06/2019
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
(In Buddhist teaching, a "bodhisattva" is a being who leads others to enlightenment.) Our current political climate is filled with opportunities to continue our schizoid relationship to what C.G. Jung called “Persona” and “Shadow.” But can we use this climate to heal the split,  rather than make it more permanent? We'll explore basic Jungian concepts of persona and shadow and apply them to current events.
Common Ground Blog
We're sorry to have to cancel Ahmad Sadri's January 23 Wednesday morning class, "Religion in a Changing World."

CG Crystal Lake's March program will be held on Monday, March 11, from 7:00-9:00 pm. The presentation will feature Jim Kenney on "The Eleven Nations of North America." We're sorry that an unfortunate mix-up resulted in the CG Bulletin's listing March 4 as the event date.
Common Ground is delighted to announce that the classroom at our Deerfield Center, at 815 Rosemary Terrace, will be dedicated in memory of Marjorie Lindsay Reed.
 
Marjorie was a dear friend to all Common Grounders. She was a long-time Board member and served twice as Chair of the organization. A major benefactor of CG, Marjorie Reed contributed even more with her ideas, inspirations, and unflagging support for the group she had embraced since its birth in 1975.
Marjorie passed away on May 1, 2018.

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Sea Change Blog
We hear constantly about how deeply polarized our nation has become. I personally believe we're closer to 65%-35% on critical issues than the polarization pundits' imagined 50-50 split. But it's true that there are at least two major value clusters in our popular and political discourse. I think they  explain a great deal.
The renowned Oxford scholar of the history of fascism, Roger Griffin, offers a brilliant short definition of this ugly political dynamic. "Fascism is a political ideology whose mythic core in its various permutations is a palingenetic form of populist ultra-nationalism."
 
The most significant of these three identifiers is the first, "palingenetic." Derived from the Greek (palin, "again") and the Latin (genesis, "birth"), the word was ancient term for reincarnation. More recently, it simply means "rebirth." And rebirth is perhaps the core fascist idea. But a new birth demands a new past, that is, a reimagining of a culture's origins. As it seeks a "new birth" or a "reincarnation" of the culture and state, fascism requires a new (and necessarily false) account of who we are, who we were, and how we got to the here and now. Fake history is a necessary ingredient in the making of the fascist state.
 
Fascism demands a well-woven but deeply flawed account of a culture's origins, history, and vision of itself.

Jim Kenney has just published a new article in the latest issue of Interreligious Insight. 
Click here to download the article.
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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.

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