Dear Friends:
February 2021

Welcome to the Global Lecture Hall, a center for creative online inquiry and community-building. In this challenging time, the spirit and vision that shaped Common Ground over almost forty-five years as an unparalleled learning center in the Chicago area seems more necessary than ever.


This website is your gateway to a growing series of timely and fascinating online workshops, lectures, and panel discussions offered on ZOOM. Here, you’ll find information about upcoming programs, recordings of past presentations, and access to paid registration.

The GLH website includes:

  • A map of our offerings in four thematic areas:

    • Sea Change: Cultural Evolution

    • Life in Society: Culture, Politics, History

    • Science: Physics, Evolution, Archaeology 

    • Inner Life: Religion, Philosophy, Spirituality

  • A repository of support materials and useful links

  • A library of recorded past programs, accessible for a small fee

  • An occasional blog (still under construction), where I will be joined by guest contributors, offering thoughts on unfolding events

Recordings of our past series are available for purchase. (Click on "All Series" to purchase access to any past series for just $8.99).

Our Current Series, "The Second Axial Age—Are Religion and Spirituality Really Evolving?" concluded on Saturday, February 27. Recordings will be available soon.

We're happy to announce the next program on our 2021 calendar. "Our Home in the Universe," March 20-April 10, Saturdays, 1:00-2:30 pm (CST) 4 weeks; $45.


It's an unforgettable experience of our world of wonders, inviting the humanities to gaze through the windows of science. Click here for information and registration (on this site):

We’re very grateful to those that have already offered financial support. Your donations are not tax-deductible but they are very important and greatly appreciated.



Jim Kenney 

Jim Kenney

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