Paintings Prompting Prayer: Reflections on Portrayals of Gospel Stories of the Life of Jesus

George Matejka, Ph.D.

Four Tuesdays, October 25, November 1, 8, 15, 2022
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. $80.00
Zoom Format

The gospels textually narrate the life of Jesus. Over the centuries, painters have gifted the Christian
community with the fruits of their creative readings and artistic interpretations of the key events in
Jesus’ life. These works of art can function as prompts for our personal prayerful reflection and
meditation. As such, these paintings invite us into a deepening prayer-relationship with the Lord. Our
course will explore paintings grouped into four periods of Jesus’ life: his conception and birth; his public
ministry; his passion and death; and, his resurrection and events following his resurrection.

John O’Donohue’s Celtic Vision

Wayne Simsic, M.A.

Four Mondays, October 10, 17, 24, 31, 2022
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. $80.00
Church of the Gesu Pastoral Center (2470 Mirimar Blvd. University Hts., OH 44118)
Sacred Heart Room

In his classic work, Anam Cara, (Gaelic for “soul friend”), John O’Donohue invites us into a place in the soul where the distance between self and the eternal melt away. He gathers together the ancient wisdom, poetry and blessings of Celtic spirituality to introduce us to the often neglected beauty of our own inner landscape. This course will explore the text, Anam Cara, as it draws us reverently toward the soul in all things and a homecoming for the human heart’s longing.

Whether you have read the text or not, this course will be an opportunity to renew an inner friendship that embraces nature, divinity and the depths of the human soul. (Please purchase the book, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, for the course.)

The First Christian Bible: An Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures

Rev. Dr. Gene McAfee

8 Saturday Mornings, October 8, 15, 22, 29 November 5, 19, 26, December 3, 2022 (No class Nov. 12)
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $160.00
Zoom Format


This overview of the original scriptures of the Christian community will introduce students to
the literary, historical, cultural, and theological contexts from which the Hebrew Bible/First
Testament emerged. Instructor recommends students have a Study Bible ie. Harper Collins Study Bible or New
Oxford Annotated Bible. Please purchase A Brief Introduction to the Old Testament by Michael
D. Coogan. Any edition.

The Rev. Dr. Eugene Clifford (Gene) McAfee, a graduate of Indiana University (B.A., 1982, Journalism and Religious Studies), Yale Divinity School (M.Div., 1985), and Harvard Divinity School (Th.D., Hebrew Bible, 1996), is the co-pastor (with the Rev. Francis Miller) of the Lyndhurst Community of Faith Church, a new congregation formed by the union of Faith United Church of Christ and the Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church.  Gene has taught in the area of the Hebrew Bible/First Testament since graduate school.  He also served as dean of the Northeast Ohio School of Ministry for the Living Water Association of the United Church of Christ.  His specialty is the literature and theology of the First Testament.

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