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. Markate Daly
      10-27-2019

      Dr. Markate Daly has a PhD in Ethics from the University of Wisconsin. She’s a long-time active member of UUCB. Recent debates on the abortion issue pit the pro-choice view, framed in the language of personal rights and interests, against the pro-life groups, framed in moral terms. This framing distorts the real balance of moral versus self-interested motives about the legality of abortion services.  My objective here is to show the moral case for continuing to support abortion rights while showing the Faustian bargain fundamentalist Christians have made with the corporate elite and the Republican Party. “A Moral Defense of Abortion Rights.”

       

    • Personal Theology: Dr. Bill Garrett
        11-03-2019

        Bill Garrett, retired Professor of Philosophy and Religion, taught at JFK University, San Francisco State, Fromm institute, CIIS and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The Enemy of the People.

      • Personal Theology: Kiran Rana & Jeanne Rana
          11-10-2019

          Murshid Kiran Rana is a senior teacher in the Sufi Way, a mystical community that has its origin in the teachings of universal Sufism introduced in the West in 1910 by the Indian mystic Inayat Khan. Kiran lives happily in Alameda with his wife, Jeanne Rana, a poet and fellow-Sufi who is also a member of the First Unitarian Church of Oakland. At their Sufi center, Bay Dervish, they hold gatherings for meditation, invocation and music, offer personal guidance, and facilitate intimate conversations about the inner life, creativity and awakening. Kiran also teaches an online webinar called A Taste of Sufism; currently he and Jeanne are offering a ten-month-long program in Berkeley called Sufism & the Art of Loving. “Two Stories: How Kiran and Jeanne Found Sufism Found Them.”

        • Personal Theology: Kiran & Jeanne Rana
            11-17-2019

            Murshid Kiran & Jeanne Rana, (see bio above). “I follow the religion of love: whatever way love’s camels take, that is my religion and my faith.”  — Ibn ’Arabi

          • Personal Theology: Cordell Sloan
              11-24-2019

              Cordell Sloan, UUCB Board of Trustee, Technology guru; dream expert; jazz musician and son of Rev. Cordell Sloan, Sr. Cordell says “There have been a number of times in my life (And I’m sure yours too.) when necessity, that fecund mother of invention, required a personal reinvention. I’ve had a number of occasions requiring a makeover of myself as well as studying others pursuing a growth driven journey and from each of these experiences I find that there are many factors that consistently come into play when we succeed in renewal.” “My Toolkit For Self Invention.”

            • Personal Theology: Kit Hewitt
                12-01-2019

                Kit Hewitt, UUCB member, Facilitator for UUCB Write For Your Life Writing Group, and Personal Theology publicist.  “Joy: Galapagos Islands.”

              • Personal Theology: Lenore Ralston
                  12-08-2019

                  Lenore Ralston, has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College and an M.P.H. from UC Berkeley. UUCB Member. “Two Faces of God: Elohim and Adonai: A faith-journey of a secular Jew.”

                • Personal Theology: Dr. Karen Vorhees
                    12-15-2019

                    The great wisdom traditions of the world all seem to agree — there is some aspect of us that doesn’t die. What could that possibly mean for us today? Our bodies most definitely die. Is there really something of us that doesn’t? Dr. Karen Voorhees, a UUCB member, will bring her scholar’s knowledge of cultural history, insights from 38 years of meditating, and personal experience with attending the dying to today’s presentation and exploration. “Death Doesn’t Exist.”

                  • Personal Theology
                      12-22-2019

                      No session.  Happy Holidays!!

                       

                    • Personal Theology
                        12-29-2019

                        No session. Happy New Year!!

                      • Personal Theology: Hana Matt
                          01-05-2020

                          Hana Matt, teacher of world religions at GTU and Interfaith Chaplaincy; author, spiritual director, and counselor.  For two weeks, she will talk about two influential women activists. One of them is “St. Teresa of Avilaof 16th century Avila, Spain, a nun who founded and ran many reformed monasteries and convents of Carmelites all over Spain, traveling to each one, writing numerous books, teaching, and trying to reform the Catholic Church.

                        • Personal Theology: Hana Matt
                            01-12-2020

                            Hana Matt, see bio above. This week Ms. Matt will talk about “Hildegarde of Bingen”  who wrote music, poetry, play and nine books, who continually preached, healed, painted organized and founded organizations and monasteries, and who gave us a new concept called “Veriditas,” or “Greening Power.” Ms. Matt will explore the 4 ways that Hildegarde gave to contact with this greening power of the Divine.

                          • Personal Theology: Dr. James Lance Taylor
                              01-19-2020

                              Dr. James Lance Taylor, Professor, and director of the African American Studies program at the University of San Francisco, author of ‘Black Nationalism in the United States: From Malcolm X to Barack Obama’ and former President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. TBA

                            • Personal Theology: Alex Pappas
                                01-26-2020

                                Alex Pappas, retired College of Alameda instructor of world religions and psychology (40+ years), past president of the Theosophical Society in Oakland, writer, a student of comparative religion especially nondual paths such as Vedanta, Theosophy, Alice A. Bailey and esoteric Buddhism. He has lectured at various locations including Germany, Turkey, India and US. His book ‘Heaven and Nirvana’ is a comprehensive text of dual and nondual religious traditions. “The Perennial Philosophy of Aldous Huxley & Western Thought.”

                              • Personal Theology
                                  02-02-2020

                                  Contact:  Gloria Merrill

                                  (510) 527-2681, cudaviol@yahoo.com

                                • Personal Theology
                                    02-09-2020

                                    Contact:  Gloria Merrill

                                    (510) 527-2681, cudaviol@yahoo.com

                                  • Personal Theology
                                      02-16-2020

                                      Contact:  Gloria Merrill

                                      (510) 527-2681, cudaviol@yahoo.com

                                    • Personal Theology
                                        02-23-2020

                                        Contact:  Gloria Merrill

                                        (510) 527-2681, cudaviol@yahoo.com

                                      • Personal Theology
                                          03-01-2020

                                          Contact:  Gloria Merrill

                                          (510) 527-2681, cudaviol@yahoo.com

                                        • Personal Theology
                                            03-08-2020

                                            Contact:  Gloria Merrill

                                            (510) 527-2681, cudaviol@yahoo.com

                                          • Personal Theology
                                              03-15-2020

                                              Contact:  Gloria Merrill

                                              (510) 527-2681, cudaviol@yahoo.com

                                            • Personal Theology
                                                03-22-2020

                                                Contact:  Gloria Merrill

                                                (510) 527-2681, cudaviol@yahoo.com