Thriving in the Crosscurrent:

Clarity and Hope in a Time of Cultural Sea Change

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Jim is the author of numerous published articles on political, social, religious, and cultural issues. Review other works by Jim Kenney.

Other Projects

Jim has founded and/or been involved in numerous projects and organizations that promote dialogue between diverse groups.

Other Projects

Common Ground

Co-founder (1975) and Executive Director (1988 - present)

Common Ground is a center for inquiry, study, and dialogue. Their primary concern is the human quest for understanding and the human pursuit of significance. They offer a wide range of programs focusing on the great cultural, religious, philosophical, and spiritual traditions and their implications for every dimension of human experience.

Interreligious Engagement Project (IEP21)

Founder and Executive Director
IEP21 works to further the engagement of religious and spiritual communities around _the world with each other, with secular agencies, and - most of all - with the critical issues facing the planetary community in the early 21st century.

Interreligious Insight: a Journal of Dialogue and Engagement


Published in the US and the UK by the World Congress of Faiths, the Interreligious Engagement Project, and Common Ground. Insight was founded in 2003. The Editor-in-Chief is Rev. Alan Race, Leicester UK, a trustee of IEP21. Interreligious Insight aims to transcend narrow interests by providing a platform for reflecting with passion on many of the critical issues facing our world.

The World Congress of Faiths

is a personal membership educational charity established in 1936. They sponsor lectures, conferences, retreats etc and publish books and journals. WCF also provides a chance for members of local interfaith groups to meet people from different parts of the country and the world who share their concern.

International Committee for the Peace Council

Trustee (1995 - present)

The International Committee for the Peace Council brings together some of the world's most revered and influential religious and spiritual leaders in service to world peace. The Peace Council had its inaugural meeting at Windsor Castle, London, in November, 1995; members include Nobel Laureates His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Mairead Maguire, as well as Bishop Samual Ruiz Garcia, Sr. Joan Chittister, Dr. Chung Hyun-kyung, Samdhong Rinpoche, Ven. Dhammananda, Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman, and many others. The Peace Council has been pursuing initiatives in relation to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines; the Mayan people of Chiapas, Mexico; peace in Cambodia; the China-Tibet situation; peace in the Middle East; and relations between North and South Korea.

Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions

Former Global Director (1995 - 2002)

Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions creates new structures and contexts for interreligious dialogue and cooperation. The Parliament process is dedicated to the facilitation of international interreligious encounter, dialogue, and commitment to cooperative common action, bringing the leaders and the faithful of the great religious and spiritual traditions together to make a better world.

SAIV Global Council

(Spiritual Alliance Against Intimate Violence)

Former Director (2005-2006) and current Council Member, (2002 - present)

Founded by Riane Eisler (author, The Chalice and the Blade) and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Betty Williams, SAIV works to construct solid foundations for cultures of peace by bringing the scourge of intimate violence - and its link to international violence - to the attention of policy makers and the public at large and by enabling concrete action projects to address the problem worldwide.

International Interfaith Centre, Oxford, UK

Former Trustee (1995 - 2004)

The Centre is devoted to facilitating cooperation of people and groups actively engaged in interreligious work, to providing information about interfaith activities worldwide, and to promoting research into ways of developing interreligious understanding, cooperation, and respect for religious freedom. The Centre is actively involved in developing structures and modes of cooperation among the world's major international interreligious organizations.

World Commission for Global Consciousness and Spirituality

Former Commissioner and Co-Convenor, (2001 - 2006).

The purpose of the Commission is to convene eminent global leaders and teachers from diverse disciplines and from diverse cultural, religious, philosophical and spiritual traditions in sustained dialogue between worlds to cultivate higher global wisdom, ethics, and spirituality. The Chair of the Commission is Dr. Ervin Laszlo. Co-Chairs are Dr. Robert Muller and Dr. Karan Singh. Members include H.H. the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dr. Du Weiming, Sir Sigmund Sternberg, Professor Cornel West, Steven Rockefeller, Jane Goodall, and the Very Reverend James Parks Morton.

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