Ron Miller's World This is the official website of Dr. Ronald H. Miller: Professor of Religion at Lake Forest College; Co-Founder of Common Ground; Board member at Hands of Peace; author and frequent lecturer on various theological topics including interreligious dialogue, early Christianity and spirituality. Ron left this earth on the morning of 5/4/2011, but his impact on the world certainly didn't. This website exists to keep the conversation going.


November’s Song

dad as a kid with parents

Dedication: To my father in absentia on his 104th birthday, November 7, 2010. November sings a lonely tune, A melody of melancholy and despair. Trees sway naked in slow rhythm, Tracing patterns in the autumn air. So stand we all this season, No camouflage for any lack of love, Though longing to hide our nakedness, […]


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Jews and Christians: Siblings in Strife

By Ronald H. Miller, Ph.D. Striving From the Womb “And the Lord said to Rebecca: ‘Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples born of you shall be divided’.” Genesis 25:23 Though often understood in the past as mother and daughter, Judaism and Christianity are more commonly regarded today as siblings.(1) Like Jacob and […]


Harold Kimball Funeral Homily

Homily Beatitudes

Dr. Ron Miller unpacks the beatitudes clearly for us and applies it to Harold Kimball, a longtime Board member of Common Ground, in the Homily. This was filmed on 8/21/2010 at St. Athanasius Church in Evanston, IL.

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Unpacking the Parables: The Wisdom Teachings of Jesus

Dr. Ron Miller speaks at the Theosophical Society in America in 2010 on Unpacking the Parables: Jesus as a Wisdom Teacher. We’re told that Jesus taught in parables. What is a parable and why is it such an effective teaching method? What do we learn about Jesus as a teacher and about his message from […]