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.
Winter & Spring 2022 Courses
- The Holy Spirit in the BibleJoin Fr. George Smiga on Zoom Saturday mornings in January and February. This course features all new material!
- Lenten Retreat Cleveland Museum of ArtThe Rev. Lydia Bailey will lead a retreat on Saturday, March 26th at the Cleveland Museum of Art, inviting participants to self-direct through a journey of personal reflection.
- Thomas Merton and Ilia Delio with a Quaker TouchIn just four weeks in January, Alan Kolp, Ph.D. will help learners become a conversation partner in the theologies of Thomas Merton and Ilia Delio.
I love all aspects of CEIRS courses! Each presenter and subject is different, offering broad and rich perspectives.
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.
CEIRS courses are an excellent way to learn, especially through art and literature. I always deepen my understanding.