Personal Theology Alex PappasSundays, September through May at 9:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room.

The Personal Theology program was founded by Bernard Loomer, former Dean of the Divinity School at University of Chicago and leader in Process Theology. It was led by Martha Helming from 1991 to 2013. Participants listen to and engage with theological and spiritual leaders, as well as present their own topics and spiritual journeys. Seminars pursue the UU values of drawing inspiration from diverse traditions and deepening the spiritual life. This program is supported by contributions from the audience.

Personal Theology Committee: Gloria Merrill, Chairperson; Anne Wardell, Barbara Norrish, John Maes and Dick Sherman; Barbara Rockhold, consultant; Mac Lingo, Dwight Merrill, and Charlie Wright, audio technicians.

For information about Personal Theology or to suggest a speaker, contact Gloria Merrill at or 510-527-2681.

Upcoming Seminars

  • Personal Theology: Rabbi Harry Manhoff

      Rabbi Harry Manhoff, Congregational Rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom in San Leandro; author; lecturer at St. Mary’s College; doctorate in the New Testament. The Torah in the Time of Jesus.

    • Personal Theology: Cat Zavis

        Cat Zavis, executive director of The Network of Spiritual Progressives, attorney, mediator, child advocate, and author. The Role of Spirituality in a Time of Political Crisis.

      • Personal Theology

          No session!  Happy holiday!

        • Personal Theology: Rev. Craig Scott

            Rev. Craig Scott, retired lawyer and UU minister, UUCB member, social activist and community organizer. “Prophets of Resistance.

          • Personal Theology: Ann-Marie Sayers

              Ann-Marie Sayers, Matsun Ohlone Native American, Director of Indian Research, Tribal Chairwoman of Indian Canyon Nation. TBA.

            • Personal Theology: Rev. Theresa (Tet) Gallardo

                Rev. Theresa (Tet) Gallardo, Balazs Scholar, UU minister of the Bicutan Congregation in Manila, political organizer, volunteer, and founder. “Origins of Unitarian Universalism in the Philippines and Current Practice.

              • Personal Theology: Alex Pappas

                  Alex Pappas, former teacher of World Religions at the College of Alameda, author, and an avid student of ancient traditions. Religions as Theories of the Absolute Reality from a Dualistic and Non-Dualistic Point of View.

                • Personal Theology: Alex Pappas

                    Alex Pappas (see bio above). “Comparison of Swami Vivekananda’s Raja Yoga with the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (8 Step Yoga Path).”

                  • Personal Theology

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