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phone 216/283-1507

Cleveland Ecumenical
Institute for Religious Studies

Joe LaGuardia, Dean

St. Paul’s Church
2747 Fairmount Boulevard
Cleveland Heights, OH 44106


Spring 2014 Course Offerings

Genesis: The Biblical Book of Origins
Rabbi Roger Klein, Ph.D.

Six Wednesdays | April 9 to May 14, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | $90
Fairmount Presbyterian Church | 2757 Fairmount Boulevard | Cleveland Heights | 44118

The Book of Genesis is a stunning beginning to the Hebrew Scriptures. Beside its narrative brilliance, Genesis features several important themes which we
will explore in this six-week course: the nature of the world God created, the power and limits of human striving, sibling rivalry and its significance, the call
of Abraham and the meanings of covenant, the role of women, and the promise of the land.

Rabbi Roger Klein, Ph.D., is the Associate Rabbi at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood. He is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine
at Case Western Reserve University and Adjunct Professor of Jewish Studies at the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies. Rabbi Klein received his Ph.D. from
The University of Chicago in Philosophy. He is a sought-after lecturer and has often given pre-concert lectures for The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland
Chamber Music Society and CIM. He has written articles, reviews and book chapters.


Probing the Depths in Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward
Joe LaGuardia, M.A.

Five Thursdays | May 1 to May 29, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | $75
John Knox Presbyterian Church | 25200 Lorain Road | North Olmsted | 44070

No one is more in touch with the strong revival of interest in spirituality than Richard Rohr. He is in the vanguard of those calling for a new way of looking
at reality through the lenses of Scripture, tradition, and experience. This is most clear when he explores the stages of growth we can all participate in through his writing in Falling Upward. This course will look deeply into the meanings and challenges of this book, so everyone will need to purchase it for the first session.

Joe LaGuardia, M.A., has been Dean of the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute for seven years. He has an M.A. in Religious Studies from The Catholic University of America and a second M.A. from the same University in English literature. He has published a book of poetry and photographs called Life Seasons. Joe is an avid fan of Richard Rohr’s writings and attended his workshop in the Fall of 2012 at River’s Edge. Joe is presently the Coordinator for The Assessment of Student Learning at Ursuline College.


A Journey to the True Self
Wayne Simsic, M.A. 

A Retreat Workshop | Saturday, May 3, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | $40 plus $10 for lunch
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral | 2230 Euclid Avenue | Parking off 22nd and Prospect Avenue | Cleveland | 44115


Teilhard de Chardin once observed: “The deeper I descend into myself, the more I find God at the heart of my being.” Most of us tend to think of our authentic
self, which is in union with God, as beyond our reach. Drawing on symbols like dwelling, rhythm, door, and castle, among others, this retreat/workshop is an
invitation to explore and claim the hidden Presence within: “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” (1 Cor 3:16).
Our purpose, in the end, is to express the immeasurable love we have inherited in every part of our lives. Please bring a journal or notebook for reflection.

Wayne Simsic, M.A., teaches in the Religious Studies Department and the Ministry Program at Ursuline College. He directs retreats and workshops on the mystics and has authored several books on spirituality including Thomas Merton: An Invitation to the Contemplative Life. His latest book on St. John of the Cross, entitled Seeking the Beloved: A Prayer Journey with St. John of the Cross was published in 2012.


Through Fire and Brimstone: Black Women’s Literature as Embodied
Mediated Wisdom
The Reverend Katie G. Cannon, Ph.D.


Sunday, June 1, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. | Church of the Covenant Sanctuary (Attended Parking) | 11205 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland | 44106 | Co-Sponsored by the Covenant Lecture Fund and CEIRS | Free | No Registration Needed


The African American women’s literary tradition resonates with the experiential wisdom found in canonized scripture. But to speak of Embodied Mediated
Wisdom requires us to turn the inherited biblical tradition of western Christian teachings upside down and inside out. Using the life and writings of Zora

The Reverend Katie G. Cannon, Ph.D. 

is the Annie Scales Rogers Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia.  She is the author of numerous articles and books, including Katie’s Canon: Womanism and the Soul of the Black Community and Black Womanist Ethics.  Neale Huston as the point of departure, we see how the blood, sweat, and tears of Black women reveal who God is and how God acts in the dailiness of life.





















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