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: Ann-Marie Sayers

      Indian Canyon Tribal Woman Ann-Marie Sayers to speak on  “The Importance of Sacred Spaces in These Turbulent Times.” Ann-Marie Sayers is a Matsun Ohlone Native American, the director of the Costanoan Indian Research Center and the traditional caretaker of Indian Canyon. Indian Canyon is the only sovereign Indian lands of central Coast California. She will discuss the “The Importance of Sacred Spaces in These Turbulent Times,”  enlightening the audience about some Native American cultural and spiritual practices.  “Come,” she says: “The Earth is alive. You can feel the energy. And it’s a reason for living.” 

    • Personal Theology: Rev. Theresa (Tet) Gallardo

        Join us to hear Rev. Theresa Gallardo talk about the “Origins of Unitarian Universalism in the Philippines and Current Practice.” Rev. Gallardo is the first Balazs Scholar from the Philippines. She is a Unitarian Universalist lesbian minister from the Bicutan Congregation in Manila. She has served as a political organizer, consultant, resource speaker, and disaster relief volunteer in Nepal.


      • Personal Theology: Alex Pappas

          Alex Pappas is a retired community college teacher of World Religions and author of the book Heaven and Nirvana: Duality and Nonduality in the World Religions. He has traveled extensively to the sources of the religious traditions and spiritual paths that he teaches especially to India where, during thirteen visits, he lived and visited various Ashrams and spiritual centers.He will talk about “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

              Planning and Evaluation