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 Rockhold, Dick Sherman, and John Maes (treasurer). Mac Lingo, Dwight Merrill, and Charlie Wright, audio technicians.

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

Upcoming Seminars
  • Personal Theology: Dr. Kendra Smith
      02-25-2018

      Feb 25: Dr. Kendra Smith, psychotherapist, trainer and coach; teacher of metta and vipassana meditation; and longtime UUCB member. Consciousness After Death?  Investigation and Personal Experience.” For many persons, this topic is unsettling and controversial, but there has been some serious investigation and for centuries there have been reports of communication with persons “on the other side.”  Saint Augustine was one of these reporters. The belief that when the brain flatlines it ends consciousness is a culture-bound belief.  Kendra will speak of investigations and of her own experience. She will also touch on the relationship between some forms of meditation and out-of-the-ordinary experiences.

    • Personal Theology: Rev. Dr. Sue Magidson
        03-04-2018

        Mar 4: Rev. Dr. Sue Magidson, lifelong UU and longtime member of UUCB, UUCB Community Minister, Spiritual Care Coordinator and Chaplain at San Leandro Hospital. “Radical Listening as Spiritual Practice: How Giving Someone Our Undivided Attention Can Change Us … and Them.”

      • Personal Theology: Rev. Dr. Chris Schriner
          03-11-2018

          Mar 11: Rev. Dr. Chris Schriner, Minister Emeritus of Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation. He graduated from the University of Redlands, majoring in religion, philosophy, and psychology. He received a Doctorate in Religion from Claremont School of Theology and an MS in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from the University of LaVerne. “Bridging the God Gap: Finding Common Ground Among Believers, Atheists and Agnostics.”

        • Personal Theology: Br. Bede Healey, OSB Cam, PhD
            03-18-2018

            Mar 18. Br. Bede Healey OSB Cam, PhD, Camaldolese Benedictine monk at Incarnation Monastery in Berkeley, clinical psychologist. He has served in various capacities, including Professor, Hermit, Director of Religion and Psychiatry, Consultant, workshop provider, Treasurer. He has a deep interest in the intersection between psychology and Christian spirituality. The Psychological Roots of Believing.”

          • Personal Theology: Dr. Shahara Godfrey
              03-25-2018

              Dr. Shahara Godfrey, Buddhist teacher and mindfulness coach, humanitarian and mixed-media artist, is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leadership Program and the Path of Engagement programs. She received her Ph.D. in Humanities with a focus on Transformative Learning and Change from the California Institute of Integral Studies. In addition, she is a core teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland. A self-taught mixed-media artist, she has exhibited in the Bay Area, Oregon, Washington, Atlanta and Los Angeles. “A Celebration of Life through Accepting Grief.”

            • Personal Theology: Dr. Bill Garrett
                04-08-2018

                Dr. Bill Garrett, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, has taught at JFK University, San Francisco State, Fromm Institute, California Institute of Integral Studies, and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Playing with Fire: The Dangerous Infatuation with Hate in 21st Century American Politics.”

              • Personal Theology: Rev. Cat Cox
                  04-15-2018

                  Apr 15: Rev. Cat Cox, UUCB Community Minister, spiritual director, teacher, certified dream worker and workshop facilitator.  “I’m a Weird Woman and I’m Getting Weirder!” Rev. Cat says: ”I first heard (and immediately loved) this great line from a woman in her 90s. Now I’m claiming it! The original meaning of “weird” is “in touch with the ‘other side’” – the non-physical dimension of existence.  Let’s explore what it has meant for great spiritual teachers through the ages to be “weird” in this sense — and why you might like to get weirder, too!”

                • Personal Theology: Dr. Steve Herrmann
                    04-22-2018

                    Apr 22: Dr. Steve Herrmann, Jungian psychotherapist; author, poet, teacher and scholar; candidate in analytical training at C.G. Jung Institute, San Francisco. Emily Dickinson: A Medicine Woman for Our Times.”

                  • Personal Theology: Alex Pappas
                      04-29-2018

                      Apr. 29: Alex Pappas, former teacher of World Religions at College of Alameda and avid student of the ancient traditions. The Metaphors of Reality: The Ageless Wisdom; Occult, Hermetic and Theosophic Teachings and Their Relevance in Today’s World of Maya.”

                    • Personal Theology: Imam Wali Muhammed
                        05-06-2018

                        May 6: Imam Wali Muhammed, spiritual leader of the Muslim Mission Center in Richmond, CA. “Al-Islam.”

                      • Personal Theology: Lonnie Moseley & Cordell Sloan
                          05-13-2018

                          May 13:: Lonnie Moseley (UUCB Membership Co-Chair, Member of UUCB Program Council and Social Justice Council, writer, jazz lover) and Cordell Sloan (UUCB Board of Trustees candidate, Member of Stewardship Committee, technology guru, lucid dreamer and son of Rev. Cordell Sloan, Sr). “A Black Christian Couple Wake up One Morning as Unitarian Universalists.”

                        • Personal Theology: Rev. Emese Bodor
                            05-20-2018

                            May 20: Rev. Emese Bodor, Balazs Scholar at Starr King School for the Ministry, ordained Unitarian minister in Romania, and religious teacher and school chaplain at the János Zsigmond Unitarian High School. “The Importance of Education in Transylvanian Unitarian Communities.”

                          • Personal Theology: Planning and Evaluation
                              05-27-2018

                              May 27: Planning and Evaluation. Please join us to help evaluate past speakers as well as offer suggestions for future topics and/or speakers. Your input and ideas are important to keeping the Personal Theology program current and meaningful.

                            • Summer Forum
                                06-03-2018

                                Contact:  Dorothy Herzberg

                                (510) 524-0649, dorothyherzberg@gmail.com

                              • Summer Forum
                                  06-10-2018

                                  Contact:  Dorothy Herzberg

                                  (510) 524-0649, dorothyherzberg@gmail.com

                                • Summer Forum
                                    06-17-2018

                                    Contact:  Dorothy Herzberg

                                    (510) 524-0649, dorothyherzberg@gmail.com

                                  • Summer Forum
                                      06-24-2018

                                      Contact:  Dorothy Herzberg

                                      (510) 524-0649, dorothyherzberg@gmail.com

                                    • Summer Forum
                                        07-01-2018

                                        Contact:  Dorothy Herzberg

                                        (510) 524-0649, dorothyherzberg@gmail.com

                                      • Summer Forum
                                          07-08-2018

                                          Contact:  Dorothy Herzberg

                                          (510) 524-0649, dorothyherzberg@gmail.com

                                        • Summer Forum
                                            07-15-2018

                                            Contact:  Dorothy Herzberg

                                            (510) 524-0649, dorothyherzberg@gmail.com

                                          • Summer Forum
                                              07-22-2018

                                              Contact:  Dorothy Herzberg

                                              (510) 524-0649, dorothyherzberg@gmail.com

                                            • Summer Forum
                                                07-29-2018

                                                Contact:  Dorothy Herzberg

                                                (510) 524-0649, dorothyherzberg@gmail.com