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 or 510-527-2681.

Upcoming Seminars
  • Personal Theology: Jim Gasperini

      Jim Gasperini is an author, multimedia designer and longtime member of UUCB, Jim has been working for three years on a cultural history of fire, with the working title Fire in the Mind: From the Burning Bush to Burning Man, How We Imagine Fire. He will base his talk on an early chapter, Fire at the Creation and the Fires of Heaven.

    • Personal Theology: Dorothy Herzberg

        Dorothy Herzberg, Jefferson Award Winner, Peace Corp Volunteer, lifelong community volunteer, Educator, Author, longtime UUCB member, Chair and/or member of many UUCB Committees such as the Summer Forum for a Better World, Book Table, GRIP, Social Justice. TBA

      • Personal Theology: Rev. Earl W. Koteen

          Rev. Earl W. Koteen, a lifelong UU, is an ecological justice minister. Earl had a 30-year career in strategic planning, organizational development, and human resources before entering the ministry. “Roots of Justice” is a course designed to help us think holistically about justice and our current political and economic systems and moment.

        • Personal Theology: David Roberts

            David Roberts, UUCB member, taught Church School, skied on Snow Trips, served on and chaired many a committee. Failure as a Means of Growth.

          • Personal Theology: Rev. Dr. Jeanne Foster

              Rev. Dr. Jeanne Foster, UUCB member, Starr King for the Ministry and Graduate Theological Union graduate, ordained minister, Professor Emerita at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, published poet and story teller. “What Does It Mean to Honor your Mother?” A friend recently told me that, when he was a child, he hated the commandment.

            • Personal Theology: Sue Ellen Parkinson

                Sue Ellen Parkinson is a visionary artist whose art explores the Sacred Feminine. Coming from outside the Christian tradition, her art looks at the female saints of Christianity from a unique perspective. She is particularly drawn to Mary Magdalene and the Black Madonna. During this talk and slideshow, she says: “I will share my life, my work, and various legends about the mystics that have inspired me.” Creating a Bridge to the Sacred Feminine.

              • Personal Theology: No session

                  Happy Easter!: No Session.

                • Personal Theology: Dr. Beverly Allen

                    Dr. Beverly Allen, Prof. Emerita at Syracuse University, visiting professor at Stanford. TBA.

                  • Personal Theology: Rev. Előd Szabó

                      Rev. Előd Szabó, Balazs Scholar at the Starr King for the Ministry, where he is doing post-graduate work where he is studying homiletics.  A minister from the village of Urmos, Transylvania, he comes from a long line of ministers that includes his grandfather who was bishop of the Hungarian Unitarian Church from the 1970’s to 1990’s. His topic will be: How do Unitarians in Transylvania live out their beliefs and values as a community in rural and urban settings?  And what stands has the Hungarian Unitarian Church taken  as compared to other faith communities?

                    • Personal Theology: Carol Carlisle

                        Carol Carlisle is a UUCB member and volunteer, artist, art and English teacher, photo blogger, and an award-winning photographer. She will share how she went from taking snapshots with a Brownie Camera as a child to using photography as her main form of meditation. She will also give tips and tricks on using a smart phone and technology so one experiences finding the light. Photography as a Spiritual Practice/Finding the Light.

                      • Personal Theology

                          Contact:  Gloria Merrill

                          (510) 527-2681,

                        • Personal Theology

                            Contact:  Gloria Merrill

                            (510) 527-2681,

                          • Personal Theology

                              Contact:  Gloria Merrill

                              (510) 527-2681,

                            • Personal Theology: Planning and Evaluation

                                Planning and Evaluation: Come and participate in the planning and evaluation of the Personal Theology Speaker Program. We need your assistance! Please be ready to help, whether it be by giving advice. by volunteering to give a seminar, or to get speakers, or to be on the committee.  Your input is very important!