For more information:
phone 216/283-1507

Cleveland Ecumenical
Institute for Religious Studies

Joe LaGuardia, Dean

St. Paul’s Church
2747 Fairmount Boulevard
Cleveland Heights, OH 44106


Spring 2015 Course Offerings

 Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

     Ani Palmo Rybicki

      Six Mondays | April 13 to May 18, 2015 | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | $90 (Does not include text)
      Songsten Gampo Buddhist Center of Cleveland | 3546 West 98th Street | Cleveland | 44102

Join Ani Palmo for an in-depth study of the modern classic, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. These incisive,
compassionate teachings serve to wake us up from this trick we all play on ourselves, and to offer us a far brighter reality: the true and joyful liberation
that inevitably involves letting go of the self rather than working to improve it.

        Ani Palmo Rybicki (nee: Catherine Rybicki), was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She has been a nun in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition since
1994. She has been a practicing Buddhist since 1988 and undergone extensive training under the guidance of her teachers in France and Asia—
completing two 3-year group retreats as well as a 1-year retreat in solitude. Ani Palmo is the director of Songtsen Gampo Buddhist Center of Cleveland.


The Book of Exodus: The Dynamics of Liberation
Rabbi Roger Klein, Ph.D.
Six Wednesdays | April 15 to May 20, 2015 | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | $90
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church | 2747 Fairmount Boulevard | Cleveland Heights | 441066

The Book of Exodus is one of the most memorable and influential of all Scriptural texts because of its stunning narratives and its powerful “heroes,” ... God,
Moses, Aaron, Miriam, Pharaoh’s daughter, Pharaoh’s midwives ... and “villains” ... especially Pharaoh. Exodus also brings forward important ideas and
values in the course of its narrative: Revelation, the Ten Commandments and the significance of Law; the notion of Covenant; the many obstacles that
threaten (and continue to threaten) liberation; the importance of worship and sanctuaries; and the relationship between divine intervention and care, on
the one hand, and human initiative and responsibility, on the other.
      Rabbi Roger Klein, Ph.D. is the Associate Rabbi at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood. He is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine
at Case Western Reserve University and Adjunct Professor of Jewish Studies at the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies. Rabbi Klein received his Ph.D. from
The University of Chicago in Philosophy.

Being the Beloved: A Retreat with Henri Nouwen
Wayne Simsic, M.A.


A Retreat Workshop, Saturday, April 25, 2015 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | $40 plus $10 for lunch
Church of the Gesu | McAuley Hall | 2470 Miramar Boulevard | University Heights | 44118

In Life of the Beloved, Henri Nouwen states that, “Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us
the ‘Beloved.’ Being the Beloved expresses the core truth of our existence.” In this retreat we explore what it means to know that we are beloved by God.
Also, how does nurturing ourselves as beloved by God foster compassion for others? Please bring a journal or notebook for reflection..
       Wayne Simsic, M.A.teaches in the Religious Studies Department and the Ministry Program at Ursuline College. He directs retreats and workshops
on the mystics and has authored several books on spirituality including Thomas Merton: An Invitation to the Contemplative Life. His latest book on St. Teresa
of Avila, The Inward Path to God, was published in 2015.

      What Christian Social Activists Can Learn from Buddhism

 Paul Knitter, Ph.D.

      Sunday, April 19, 2015 | 10:00 a.m. Worship service | 2:00 p.m. Lecture | Free | No Registration Needed
      Church of the Covenant Sanctuary (Attended Parking) | 11205 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland | 44106
      Co-Sponsored by the Covenant Lecture Fund and CEIRS


      Paul Knitter, Ph.D., is the Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions and Culture at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.
1. He is Emeritus Professor of Theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. 2. Since publishing his acclaimed book, No Other Name (1985), Knitter has
been a leading voice in interreligious dialogue. His latest book is: Without Buddha, I Could not Be a Christian.

Are you interested? --In a trip to Thomas Merton’s former Abbey of Gethsemane in Kentucky tentatively planned for Fall (10/16/15-10/18/15) or Spring, 2016. See our Website for more details ( “News”). Led by Dr. Alan Kolp.


















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