Fall Courses 2019

In the Heartbeat of Creation: An Introduction to Merton’s Eco-spirituality

Wayne Simsic, M.A.

Six Tuesdays, October 8, 2019 to November 12, 2019

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  $90.00

Church of the Gesu McCauley Hall

2470 Miramar Boulevard, University Heights, 44118

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This course will explore how Thomas Merton’s sense of the sacred in the natural world intensified his sacramental vision and led to a desire to care for and protect the planet.  We will dialogue with Merton’s writings as well as with other like-minded voices, such as: John O’Donohue, Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, Henry David Thoreau, Thomas Berry, Francis of Assisi and others.  Please purchase the book, “When the Trees Say Nothing: Writings on Nature,” by Kathleen Deignan, as a reference for the course.

Painting the Feminine: Biblical Images of the 16th and 17th Centuries


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

Saturday October 5, 2019

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  $55.00 (includes parking).   Lunch Available in the Cafeteria.

The Cleveland Museum of Art (Meet in lobby/atrium)

11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland 44106

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Although the number of females who play a major role in Biblical history may be small, their presence is significant.  This workshop will explore paintings at the CMA which illuminate the ways various artists depicted female subjects during the religiously turbulent 16th and 17th centuries.