Updated: Spring Course Offering

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) shelter-in-place requirements, the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute for Religious Studies (CEIRS) has collaborated with the Northeast Ohio School of Ministry to participate in their ONLINE spring course offering this season!

Signposts: Approaching Fiction and Poetry Recreatively

Instructor: Steven Geitgey

Dates: Tuesdays, April 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26; June 2, 9

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost to audit Course:   $65.00   

Location: Online via Zoom video conferencing

If you are unfamiliar using Zoom, please contact Dean Gene McAfee for details deanofschools@livingwaterone.org


Course Description: One of the values of reading is its ability to entertain us and to provide us with opportunities for recreation. But it can be recreative at a deeper level when our reading is open to the significance of fiction and poetry as signposts to the issues, resonances, and life-meanings we grapple with and search for as people of faith.

This course will consider short stories and poetry as important catalysts for personal reflection and formation, as well as useful resources for those accompanying others’ formation. We will be enjoying and discussing stories from noted authors including Sarah Orne Jewett, Isak Dinesen, Leo Tolstoy, Charles Chesnutt, and Mary Wilkins Freeman, with accompanying passages from mystical and spiritual writers spanning the 2000 years of Christian history.

Required Reading: Students must supply their own copy of Isak Dinesen’s short story Babette’s Feast. All other stories and poetry used are public domain and will be emailed to students in the appropriate format to enable class discussion.

Instructor Bio: Steven Geitgey spent 22 years as a United Church of Christ pastor before moving into academic and ecumenical teaching in the area of spirituality. He has an MDiv from Lancaster Theological Seminary, an MA in English literature, a post-graduate teaching certification in spiritual direction, and is currently a PhD candidate at Duquesne University with a dissertation focused on several late medieval and early modern mystical writers.

Steve teaches courses for the spiritual direction certificate program at Epiphany Academy, Pittsburgh, as well as leading adult faith formation sessions in a variety of ecclesial settings.