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: Charles Tart

      Charles Tart, Ph.D., author of numerous books, including two widely used textbooks; researcher on consciousness and parapsychology. “In search of Enlightenment and Knowledge: Highlights from the Life Journey of a Transpersonal  Para(Neuro)Psychologist. (Part 2) Scientific and Spiritual Smorgasbord.”

    • Personal Theology: Rev. Cathleen Cox

        Rev. Cathleen Cox, UUCB community minister, spiritual director, teacher, certified dream worker and workshop facilitator; 2002 recipient of the Margaret Fuller Award of UU Women’s Federation. “Jesus: Radical Teacher of Love in Action.”

      • Personal Theology: Rev. Christian Schmidt

          Rev. Christian Schmidt, Senior UUCB co-minister, M. Div., Andover Newton Divinity School. TBA.

        • Personal Theology: Dr. Bill Garrett

            Bill Garrett, Ph.D., past professor of religion and philosophy at JFK University and UC Berkeley; now teaches through the Osher Lifelong Learning Program. “The Re-emergence of Paganism in the 21st Century: It’s Not What You May Think.”

          • Personal Theology: Dr. Bill Garrett

              Dr. Bill Garrett, (see bio above). “Thinking through the Anthropocene.”

            • 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

                                Planning and Evaluation