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 2021 Courses
- Artisans of The Way: Early Christian ArtGeorge Matejka, Ph.D. and Elisha Dumser, Ph.D. Saturday October 2, 2021
- “Novel” Approaches to Religious Themes in FictionRev. Donald Cozzens, Ph.D. 4 Wednesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2021
- Gratefulness: The Heart of PrayerWayne Simsic, M.A., 6 Mondays: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 2021
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.