Dr. Ronald H. Miller was Professor of Religion at Lake Forest College; Co-Founder of Common Ground; Board member at Hand of Peace; and an author and frequent lecturer on various theological topics including interreligious dialogue, early Christianity and spirituality. Ron left this earth on the morning of May 4, 2011, but his impact on the world will never depart.
Ron was widely recognized for his ability to communicate the meaning of sacred texts to people of all backgrounds. He lectured at hundreds of churches, synagogues, and mosques throughout the United States. As professor he taught in the Religion Department at Lake Forest College for almost 40 years and was loved dearly by his students.
Ron (b. April 17, 1938) earned a Ph.D. in history and literature of religions from Northwestern University, and a B.S. and M.A. from St. Louis University. He was a co-founder and co-director of Common Ground, an adult education group for religious study and dialogue founded in 1975 and was vice president of the interreligious Engagement Project 21. Ron wrote books aimed at a popular audience that conveyed contemporary scholarship and issues in New Testament studies as well as in spirituality and philosophy. In his understanding of Jesus’ life and mission, he was especially influenced by biblical scholars, Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan.
Ron was a friend to the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding (CCJU), Fairfield, CT, and was a scholar in residence twice.
His last lecture was to a group of Christian and Jewish clergy convened by the CCJU at New York City’s, Union Theological Seminary, where his characteristic scholarly passion and common sense presentation of complex issues was balanced by a healthy and holy sense of humor.
A wonderful colleague and bright spirit, he will be greatly missed and frequently named among the wise and just.
For more information, please go to Ron’s website: ronmillersworld.org
David L. Coppola, Ph.D.
Executive Director, CCJU