Fall Courses 2019

In the Heartbeat of Creation: An Introduction to Merton’s Eco-spirituality

Wayne Simsic, M.A.

Six Tuesdays, October 8, 2019 to November 12, 2019

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  $90.00

Church of the Gesu McCauley Hall

2470 Miramar Boulevard, University Heights, 44118

Register online here.

This course will explore how Thomas Merton’s sense of the sacred in the natural world intensified his sacramental vision and led to a desire to care for and protect the planet.  We will dialogue with Merton’s writings as well as with other like-minded voices, such as: John O’Donohue, Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, Henry David Thoreau, Thomas Berry, Francis of Assisi and others.  Please purchase the book, “When the Trees Say Nothing: Writings on Nature,” by Kathleen Deignan, as a reference for the course.

Painting the Feminine: Biblical Images of the 16th and 17th Centuries


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

Saturday October 5, 2019

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  $55.00 (includes parking).   Lunch Available in the Cafeteria.

The Cleveland Museum of Art (Meet in lobby/atrium)

11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland 44106

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Although the number of females who play a major role in Biblical history may be small, their presence is significant.  This workshop will explore paintings at the CMA which illuminate the ways various artists depicted female subjects during the religiously turbulent 16th and 17th centuries.


Dancing with Strangers: Seeking Unity in a Divided Christendom

Rev. Joe Fortuna, S.T.D., Pastor Our Lady of the Lake Church

Four Saturdays, September 21, 28, October 5, 12

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. $60.00

Forest Hills Presbyterian Church (South Hall)

3031 Monticello Blvd.

Cleveland Hts., OH 44118

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Since the beginning of the twentieth century, many Christian churches have joined in an effort now known as the Ecumenical Movement to overcome the divisions that have separated them from one another and that have hindered their collective mission.  This course will examine (a) the principles and practices guiding this movement, (b) examples of progress and important learnings, and (c) the unique challenges and opportunities the movement faces in an era of increased globalization, secularization and religious pluralism.  It will invite participants to reflect on their own experience, to dialogue with one another and in our own small way take the movement forward. 


Celebrate the Fall Equinox with A Labyrinth Experience Balancing Releasing and Receiving

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

A Saturday Workshop, September 21, 2019

9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon $30.00

Federated Church Family Life Center

16349 Chillicothe Rd.

Chagrin Falls, OH 44023 (Bainbridge Township)

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Seeking a way to broaden your spiritual practices and to embrace an autumn spirituality of release and reception? Rev. Susi Kawolics, a trained labyrinth facilitator, will present on labyrinth as spiritual tool for letting go and making room to receive, and share some experiences with labyrinth. There will be opportunity for labyrinth walking (indoor and outdoor) and reflection on the experience.