Among the most important themes in biblical literature are the role and place of women in Israelite society, the divinely-sponsored violent conquest of the Land of Israel, and theology of The Book of Job. In this course we will consider the Bible’s ostensible perspectives on these subjects and then explore the possibility that beneath the plain and traditional understanding of these texts lie narratives that stand against .. and counter … these conventional readings. And this will lead us to think about the nature of biblical literature and thought and the idea that the Bible is deeply in conversation with itself.
Title: Being Spiritual In a Secular Society
Instructor, Don Cozzens, PhD.
Dates: Four Tuesdays : April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8
In an age shaped and controlled by the secular forces of rationalism, scientism, and technology, how do we find and maintain spiritual balance, a sense of the transcendent, and a commitment to the common good? What role, if any, does institutional religion have to play in this quest? Can secularism be good for the soul?
These questions and others will give structure to this course on living spiritually in a secular world.
Resources for this course will include Richard Rohr’s Eager to Love and Notes from the Underground: The Spiritual Journal of a Secular Priest by Donald Cozzens.
Whether you journal or not this retreat is an opportunity to bring your spiritual life into sharper focus. Writing is simply a way to dive beneath the surface of life’s flow and touch the reality of God in ourselves and the world. Using writing as a spiritual exercise we will explore topics related to the inner life like, “Honoring My Story,” “Reflecting on the Past,” “Finding a Way through Suffering and Loss,” and “Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary.” There will be time for private writing and optional sharing. Please bring a notebook or journal.
Registration is now open! Register by April 23.
April 28th, 2018
Retreat day with noted author, Brian McClaren
St. Paul’s church, Cleveland Heights
Co-sponsored by Cleveland Ecumenical Institute for Religious Studies.