Executive Director, Common Ground
Jim Kenney is the Executive Director of Common Ground, an adult study center focusing on the world’s great religious, spiritual, philosophical, and cultural traditions and their implications for every dimension of human endeavor and experience. He lectures widely on a variety of subjects relating to politics, religion, history, and culture. He is also is the Executive Director of the Interreligious Engagement Project (IEP21), working with global religious communities to address the world’s critical problems through cooperative partnerships with government, business, education, media, intergovernmental organizations, and civil society. Jim currently serves as Project Coordinator for the International Interreligious Peace Council, and has just organized a global conference –held in Rome and Florence, Italy, in October 2012 – on the evolution of religion and spirituality in the 21st century. He is Co-Editor of Interreligious Insight: a Journal of Dialogue and Engagement, published internationally three times each year in the US and the UK by the World Congress of Faiths, the Interreligious Engagement Project, and Common Ground. Jim is former Global Director of the Parliament of the World’s Religions (one of the world’s major interfaith organizations). He shaped that organization’s focus on engaging religious communities to work for peace, justice, and ecological sustainability.