Adult Faith Formation

Faith Formation Opportunities at Fairmount

New Member Class: Monday, November 1st, 6:30pm to 8:00pm on Zoom
Please contact Pastor Jessie, to sign up for this class and receive the Zoom link 

Thursday Morning Bible Study
Join Pastor Jessie Thursday mornings for Bible Study at 9:00am! Contact Pastor Jessie if you would like to receive the weekly Zoom link for this one-hour Bible discussion on passages from the Acts of the Apostles. All are welcome.

Matthew 25 Bible Study
Join the Matthew 25 Task Force as we explore “Bringing Matthew 25 into Focus,” during a four week Bible Study (Tuesdays in October: 5, 12, 19, 26 at 7pm over Zoom). This study specifically looks at the question “Are the three foci of the Matthew 25 Vision grounded in Matthew 25:31–46?” All are welcome! Click here to register.

The Mission of the William Birkett Williams Memorial Lecture Fund

The William Birkett Williams Memorial Lecture Fund was established by Mr. and Mrs. William L. Williams to serve as a memorial to their son, 1st Lt. William Birkett Williams, a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, lost in action in Libya on January 11, 1943. The fund provides the income to be used for free lectures on any subject of general interest, whether cultural, scientific, civic or political, but not overtly religious. The speakers should be of national or international reputation who would be of interest to the larger community. The Fund will be utilized by the William Birkett Williams Committee to fulfill this mission. On October 3, 2021, the William Birkett Williams Memorial Committee welcomed Nationally Renowned Poet-Professor, Dr. Joshua Bennett.

View Dr. Bennett’s Fairmount presentation

View the list of previous William Birkett William Memorial lectures.

Cleveland Ecumenical Institute for Religious Studies

Fall 2021 Courses Now Available

We are excited to share four courses from September through November. Offerings will include a contemplative labyrinth retreat and an inspiring art history experience at the Cleveland Museum of Art, followed by and multiple-week classes, all presented by outstanding local theologians. Click the button below to review opportunities on the CEIRS website, or keep scrolling for a quick overview of upcoming course descriptions.

Courses and retreats this season will be offered in-person, but will require indoor participants to wear masks and all participants follow standard social distance protocols. Courses are subject to change based on risk associated with COVID-19.

“Novel” Approaches to Religious Themes in Fiction

4 Wednesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2021
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. $80.00
St. Paul Episcopal Church, Brooks Room
2747 Fairmount Blvd.
Cleveland Hts., OH 44106

This course will explore religious themes such as redemption, forgiveness, and transformation.  Participants will also explore the human themes of ambition, self-righteous violence, betrayal and hypocrisy.  To quote Blaise Pascal, “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”  Fr. Cozzens will also be referencing three of his novels, Master of Ceremonies; Under Pain of Mortal Sin; and The Cardinal’s Assassin.

Gratefulness: The Heart of Prayer

Wayne Simsic, M.A.

6 Mondays: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 2021
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. $80.00
Church of the Gesu, Pastoral Center – Dietz Room
2470 Mirimar Blvd.
University Hts., OH 44118

Drawing on the reflections of the renowned spiritual master, Brother David Steindl-Rast, especially his Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer, this course will explore the spirituality of Brother Steindl-Rast and the fundamental principle that all prayer is an act of gratitude.  Instructor suggests having a personal copy of Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer for class.  Purchase e-book or hard copy at