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Fall Programs 2018

Thomas Merton’s Vision of the Natural World

Wayne Simsic, MA

6 Tuesdays, October 9, 2018 – November 13, 2018

7 – 9 PM

Cost: $90

Location: Church of the Gesu

2470 Miramar Blvd, University Heights, OH 44118

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As a young monk absorbed in the daily routine of work and prayer, Thomas Merton came to the realization that “for me the landscape seems to be important for contemplation; anyway I have no scruples about loving it.”  This course will explore Merton’s evolving commitment to the Earth: namely, his deepening sense of place, his desire for solitude, love, and responsibility for all living things, the way that his love for nature overflowed into prayer, and the development of his environmental awareness. 

Please purchase the book, When the Trees Say Nothing, by Thomas Merton and Kathleen Deignan as a resource for the course.

Catholic & Protestant Art in the Cleveland Museum

George Matejka, Ph.D & Elisha Dumser, Ph.D

A Saturday Workshop, November 10, 2018

10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Cost: $40, lunch available in the food court cafeteria

Location: Cleveland Museum of Art Food Court

11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland 44106

Limited to 20

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The Protestant Reformation had significant ramifications not only on religious beliefs, but across the spectrum of economic, social, and political realities.  This workshop will explore the ways Protestant and Catholic artists painted their subjects in the aftermath of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation.  Additionally, some artworks pre-dating the Reformation will be highlighted.

Four Founders of Religion

Hugh Burtner, Ph.D

4 Mondays, October 15, 2018 – November 5, 2018

7 – 9 PM

Cost: $60

Location: First Baptist Church

3630 Fairmount Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44118

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The course will focus on available historical information about the founders of the Confucian, Buddhist, Christian, and Islamic religious traditions. We hope to locate the four founders [Confucius, Gotama, Jesus, and Muhammad] squarely within their own particular historical times and places. We will also briefly sketch the influences each of these figures has had on the traditions they set in motion.

Journey to the Divine, Journey to the Center: A Labyrinth Experience

Rev. Susi Kawolics, M.A., Associate Pastor at Federated Church U.C.C.

A Saturday Workshop, October 20, 2018

9 AM – 11:30 AM

Cost: $40

Location: Ursuline College

Pilla Center, room 136

2550 Lander Rd, Pepper Pike, OH 44124

Limited to 20

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Seeking a way to broaden your spiritual practices?  Rev. Susi Kawolics, a trained labyrinth facilitator, will present on labyrinth as spiritual tool, and share some experiences with labyrinth.  There will be opportunity for labyrinth walking and reflection on the experience.