Gratefulness: The Heart of Prayer

Wayne Simsic, M.A.

6 Mondays: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 2021
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. $80.00
Church of the Gesu, Pastoral Center – Dietz Room
2470 Mirimar Blvd.
University Hts., OH 44118

Drawing on the reflections of the renowned spiritual master, Brother David Steindl-Rast, especially his Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer, this course will explore the spirituality of Brother Steindl-Rast and the fundamental principle that all prayer is an act of gratitude.  Instructor suggests having a personal copy of Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer for class.  Purchase e-book or hard copy at

“Novel” Approaches to Religious Themes in Fiction

Rev. Donald Cozzens, Ph.D. 

4 Wednesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2021
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. $80.00
St. Paul Episcopal Church, Brooks Room
2747 Fairmount Blvd.
Cleveland Hts., OH 44106

This course will explore religious themes such as redemption, forgiveness, and transformation.  Participants will also explore the human themes of ambition, self-righteous violence, betrayal and hypocrisy.  To quote Blaise Pascal, “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”  Fr. Cozzens will also be referencing three of his novels, Master of Ceremonies; Under Pain of Mortal Sin; and The Cardinal’s Assassin.

Artisans of The Way: Early Christian Art

early christian mosaic

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

Saturday October 2, 2021
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  $55.00 (Includes parking)
Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106
Lunch will be available in the Provence Cafe

The Acts of the Apostles describes Christianity as The Way (9:2).  Early Christian art communicates to us today how Christians believed in and lived The Way in their lifetimes.  Participants will explore how the earliest Christian art emerged out of the pre-existing pagan cultures, and will see how Mary, the Mother of Jesus, becomes a focal point of Christian piety and art in the Middle Ages as evidenced by the great number of paintings and sculptures of the Madonna and Child.


Embodiment and the Enneagram

Rev. Adrienne Koch

Six Sundays: April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.          $90

Course will be offered via Zoom video conferencing.

Register Today!

What if I told you that you have more than one brain— that your heart and your gut both have their own intrinsic nervous systems? Your neurons in these three centers of intelligence take on information, store it, change, and adapt. How might that understanding of your mind change the way you think about faith and practice spirituality? Your head, heart, and gut are the components of your human mind, and the Enneagram can help you better listen to all of them. Join the Rev. Adrienne Koch in an exploration of the spirituality of the for this six-week class that will cover:

  1. Ancient Spirituality of the Enneagram: Explore the intersections of Christian spiritual direction and the Enneagram, dating back to 4th century desert monasticism. 
  2. Instinctual Triads and Resource Points Part One: Become aware of the multiple triads and resource points in the Enneagram system that distinguish and nuance each personality type.
  3. Instinctual Triads and Resource Points Part Two: Become aware of the multiple triads and resource points in the Enneagram system that distinguish and nuance each personality type.
  4. Ego Defense Mechanisms and Body-based Character Structure: Learn more about the defense mechanisms of each type, that acts as the “glue” that supports the personality structure. Recognize how the defense mechanisms are all based in the lead center of intelligence for that type.
  5. Instinctual Subtypes — Self-Preservation, Sexual, Social: At first glance, there are 9 Enneagram Types, but an exploration of Enneagram subtypes reveals three unique expressions of each of the 9 types, totaling 27 ways of moving through the world.
  6. Deepening Spiritual Awareness: This final session is an experiential course that offers spiritual practices to transform your own type structure and help you build an inner capacity to recognize and relax your emotional passions as they arise – thus “converting vice to virtue.”

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