Dear Friends:
June 11, 2020

Welcome to the new 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. The Global Lecture Hall will pursue the vital inquiries that CG embodied. We will explore interreligious and intercultural engagement, progressive cultural evolution, and the historical, philosophical, and socio-political understanding that is essential for life in the twenty-first century.


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

Our current program is "Facebook, Social Media, and Election 2020—Why Worry?" (Topic: Life and Society), June 6-20, 1:00-2:30 CST; no fee.

Our next program is now open for registration ($45 for 3 sessions): "Why We're Not Really Living in a Post-Truth World" (Topic: Sea Change), July 11-25, 1:00-2:30 pm CST. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.


As the site develops, it will offer:

  • 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

  • Under each Topic area:

    • A list of possible future programs

    • Programs currently underway

    • Scheduled upcoming programs

  • A repository of support materials and useful links

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

  • An occasional blog, where I will be joined by guest contributors, offering thoughts on unfolding events 

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.

Acknowledgements: I’m very grateful to my long-time friend and collaborator, Dr. Barbara Fields (Executive Director of the Association for Global New Thought), for her expertise and skill in building this website, creating the GLH Webinars, and implementing our growing video library. And, as many of you know, my work has always been aided, guided, and abetted by my wife Cetta. Her energy and insight is to be felt in every aspect of our new venture. 



Jim Kenney 

Jim Kenney

© 2020 by Jim Kenney

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