Progressive Voices Speak Out

25th Annual Lecture Series

Due to the popularity of the Jim Kenney webinars presented in our Winter program, we are delighted to offer a Spring series of four webinars by Jim Kenney. Registration for these lectures is required.  Individual donations of $15 per household/lecture or $45 for the series (buy 3 and get 1 free!)


Our Home in the Universe

The Humanities Gaze Through the Windows of Science

This mind-broadening, sometimes mind-blowing (and always humanities-friendly) series is one of a kind...

"Science for the whole person!"

Series Introduction

This four-week series offers an unforgettable experience of our world of wonders, filled with intriguing questions, compelling insights, and delightful mysteries.  This mind-broadening and sometimes mind-blowing series (always accessible to those without a science background) will feature Jim Kenney, who will draw on his extensive background in the interplay of science and the humanities to create an unforgettable experience for all.  Join us as we gaze from the perspective of the humanities through the windows of science!


We'll embark on four captivating explorations, combining compelling lectures with extraordinary slide illustrations.


April 1, 7:00 pm - Revolution: The Copernican Planetquake

The 16th-century Scientific Revolution, heralded by Nicolaus Copernicus, upended everything.  It shook the Church, rocked the intellectual world, and began a slow but steady transformation of global realities.  We’ll meet the key players and the animating ideas and learn why this was indeed a revolution.

April 8, 7:00 pm - Evolution: What Darwin Knew and What He Didn't

Charles Darwin’s conviction that species change over time, give rise to new species, and share a common ancestor ranks with the most influential new understandings of all time.  But Darwin didn’t know about the mechanisms of inheritance (described in the same period by the monk Gregor Mendel).  Evolution and Genetics together would come to shape the science of life.  The power of these ideas is reflected ironically in the fury of the evolution deniers.

April 15, 7:00 pm - The New Physics: Gravity and the Sub-Nuclear Zoo

Einstein’s Theory of Relativity described the workings of universal gravitation with elegant and persuasive mathematics.  Soon after, several of his closest colleagues laid out the essentials of the Quantum Theory, addressing the behavior of energy and matter at the sub-atomic level.  The trouble was that Einstein’s gravity model seemed to him more “matter-of-fact,” while the sub-atomic model championed by Niels Bohr talked instead about the “probability” of events.  Resolving that disparity remains the Holy Grail of physics today.

April 22, 7:00 pm - Strange Attractions: Chaos or Complexity?

How do things change?  How do systems evolve?  Are the processes at work simply random or even chaotic?  Or does closer examination reveal some underlying order in complex systems that seem to behave in utterly unpredictable ways, systems like the weather?  The quest to understand the relationship between “chaos” and “complexity” is one of the great stories science has to tell.  It takes us to the cutting edge of the struggle to understand everything from cosmology to the human heartbeat, and from a dripping faucet to stock market fluctuations.

Our Speaker

Jim Kenney is recognized around the world as a pioneer and leader of the global interreligious and intercultural movement.  He has lectured widely, in the U.S. and around the world, on a variety of subjects relating to politics, religion, history, and culture.  He was, for 45 years, the co-founder and Executive Director of Common Ground, a groundbreaking adult study center focusing on the world's great religious, philosophical, spiritual, and cultural traditions.  Jim is currently the host of the Global Lecture Hall, offering a variety of Zoom presentations on fascinating topics.