Thomas Merton and Ilia Delio with a Quaker Touch

Alan Kolp, Ph.D.

Four Mondays in January: 10, 17, 24, 31
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. $80.00
This course will be offered on Zoom

Merton and Delio join in conversation with a touch of Quaker perspective. Explore how their theologies and spiritualities offer insights on contemporary life. Accept their invitation to become a conversation partner.

Lenten Retreat Cleveland Museum of Art

Rev. Lydia Bailey

Saturday, March 26, 2022
10:30 to 2:00 p.m. Cost: $55.00 (includes parking)
Cleveland Museum of Art

Back by popular demand! This retreat is semi-self-directed involving the participant’s reflection on a single piece of art. Rev. Lydia Bailey will prepare participants for choosing a piece of art for personal reflection. As retreat leader she describes“The art one settles on can speak to us spiritually without having a conventional religious subject. It can be an icon that serves as a window into God.” The Rev. Lydia Bailey has an essay published in the upcoming issue of Parabola on the theme of ‘Wonder.’ Parabola is a quarterly journal devoted to the exploration of the quest for meaning as it is expressed in the world’s myths, symbols, and religious traditions, which plays well into the visual cues abound at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The museum opens at 10:00 a.m. and the retreat will convene under the bamboo trees in the Atrium shortly thereafter. We will break for lunch; participants are invited to bring lunch or dine at the museum café.

The Holy Spirit in the Bible

Fr. George Smiga, S.T.D.

Six Saturdays: January 8, 15, 22, 29 | February 5, 12, 2022
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  $120.00
Class will be offered on Zoom

The central Christian belief that the Holy Spirit is the third divine person of the Blessed Trinity was not officially defined until the Council of Constantinople in C. E. 381. Centuries earlier, however, both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament were already describing the action of God’s Spirit in a variety of stories and literary forms. This course will examine how the scriptures present God’s Spirit at creation, within the leaders and people of Israel, throughout the ministry of Jesus and the early Church, and in the fulfillment of God’s promises at the end of time. The scriptural passages will not only be located within their historical and literary context, but also opened to speak to contemporary issues and our personal journeys of faith.