For 30 years, the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute for Religious Studies (CEIRS) has provided sophisticated courses in Christian theology across both orthodox and liberal ideologies. Covering broad themes including art, history, and practical approaches to cultivating human spirituality, there is a CEIRS course for every Christian seeker.
Courses are taught by theologians from Northeast Ohio and beyond, representing thought leadership and a wide breadth of experiences across Christian denominations. CEIRS courses are affordable, accessible, and open to anyone who’d like to deepen their spirituality, form their faith, and invite the challenge of new ideas. There are no prerequisites, no examinations, and no written assignments. Instead, students will find great learning and camaraderie.
At CEIRS you will encounter outstanding local teachers and professors, as well as nationally known speakers, who teach on a myriad of topics: Biblical Studies, Spirituality, Ethics, Comparative Religions, and Theology and Culture.
Fall 2022 Courses
- The First Christian Bible: An Introduction to the Hebrew ScripturesSpend your Saturday mornings enriching your understanding of scripture. Learn about the First Testament to better understand its literary, historical, cultural, and theological contexts.
- John O’Donohue’s Celtic VisionYou are invited to a place in the soul where distance between self and the eternal melt away. Explore wisdom, poetry and blessings of Celtic spirituality.
- Paintings Prompting Prayer: Reflections on Portrayals of Gospel Stories of the Life of JesusIn this four week course, students will explore the life of Jesus in paintings created throughout the centuries. Expand your interpretation of key events in his life through artistic expression.
I love all aspects of CEIRS courses! Each presenter and subject is different, offering broad and rich perspectives.
CEIRS courses are an excellent way to learn, especially through art and literature. I always deepen my understanding.
I experience CEIRS offerings to be intelligent, offering a good mix of theology and history. As a clergy person I enjoy the classes as continuing education, but CEIRS courses are vital and unique in that they’re created to be accessible for everyone.