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: Rev. Christian Schmidt
      10-21-2018

      Rev. Christian Schmidt, UUCB’s Senior Co-Minister, mystical humanist. “Living in Anxious Times.”

    • Personal Theology: Deborah Schmidt
        10-28-2018

        Deborah Schmidt, UUCB member since 2005, former UUCB Board of Trustees President, Coordinating Team convener, and a volunteer coordinator.  She teaches music and writes memoir, family history and poetry. “This Singing World:” a poetry reading celebrating nature, human connection, love, and music.

      • Personal Theology: D. Patrick Miller
          11-04-2018

          D. Patrick Miller, author, investigative journalist, publisher, editor, literary agent, and Fearless Books and Literary Services operator.  He has intensively studied “A Course in Miracles,” the Enneagram system of personality, Jungian depth psychology, shamanism, and related fields of contemporary spirituality. “How to Be Spiritual Without Being Religious.”

        • Personal Theology: Dr. Bill Garrett
            11-11-2018

            Dr. Bill Garrett, former Professor of Religion and Philosophy at JFK University, UC Berkeley and now teaches at OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute). “The Living Universe: Astrobiology and the Deep Story of the Origins of Life.”

          • Personal Theology: Wyndy J. Knox Carr
              11-18-2018

              Wyndy J. Knox Carr, writer, mother of four, librarian-archivist, book reviewer, discoverer of roots from the Women Poets of the Twin Cities to Jeremy Taylor’s dream work groups, and new UUCB member. “Here I Am, Lord: Rediscovering Practices of Self-Worth and Community for Now and Our Future. Part 1.

            • Personal Theology: Wyndy J. Knox Carr
                11-25-2018

                Wyndy J. Knox Carr, see bio above.”Transition and the Only Way out is Through.”

              • Personal Theology: Rev. Dr. Jay Atkinson
                  12-02-2018

                  Rev. Dr. Jay Atkinson, Minister Emeritus, UU Church of Studio City; writer and teacher; research scholar at Starr King; UUCB member. Forty years after Martin Luther opened the floodgates of Protestantism in 1517, our UU ancestors on the radical fringe of the Reformation were forming churches by 1558 in Poland and ten years later in Transylvania.  Where do we stand 500 years later?  Are we still on the radical edge?  And what’s left to do? “500 Years of Protestant Reformation: What’s Left for UUs to Do?”

                • Personal Theology: James O’Hara, PhD
                    12-09-2018

                    James O’Hara, PhD, educator, experienced dream worker and author of In the Land of Shiva, A Memoir. He studied with Jeremy Taylor in 1986, and subsequently co-facilitated many dream groups with Jeremy. Jim embraces the core of Jeremy’s philosophy: the wisdom of our dreams is available to each one of us, not just to professionals in the field. “A Tribute to Jeremy Taylor by Jim O’Hara: The Multiple Meanings in Dreams.”

                  • Personal Theology: Jeanne Foster
                      12-16-2018

                      Jeanne Foster, professor emeritus at Saint Mary’s College, poet, memoir writer, and translator, former minister, UUCB Worship Associate and choir member, and author of five books; the latest is The Living Theatre, a translation of selected poems by the Italian poet Bianca Tarozzi. It was nominated for the Northern California Book Critics Award for 2017. “Lessons from a Tuscan Grasshopper.”

                    • Personal Theology: No session.
                        12-23-2018

                        No Session. Happy Holidays!

                      • Personal Theology: No Session
                          12-30-2018

                          No Session. Happy New Year!

                        • Personal Theology: Kit Hewitt
                            01-06-2019

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

                          • Personal Theology: Rev. Dr. Sue Magidson
                              01-13-2019

                              Rev. Dr. Sue Magidson, lifelong UU; UUCB member for over 20 years; UUCB Community Minister. Ordained a UU minister, Sue serves as a hospital chaplain at San Leandro Hospital. She considers herself a professional listener. “Radical Listening as Spiritual Practice: The Transformative Power of Giving Someone Our Undivided Attention.”

                            • Personal Theology: Hana Matt
                                01-20-2019

                                Hana Matt, teacher of world religions at GTU and Interfaith Chaplaincy; author, spiritual director, and counselor. Ways to Cultivate Vibrancy and Flourishing: From The World’s Religions and Modern Scientific Studies.”

                              • Personal Theology: Hana Matt
                                  01-27-2019

                                  Hana Matt (see bio above). Ways to Transform Stress and Cultivate Resilience: From The World’s Religions and Modern Scientific Studies.”

                                • Personal Theology
                                    02-02-2019

                                    Contact:  Gloria Merrill

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

                                  • Personal Theology
                                      02-09-2019

                                      Contact:  Gloria Merrill

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

                                    • Personal Theology
                                        02-16-2019

                                        Contact:  Gloria Merrill

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

                                      • Personal Theology
                                          02-23-2019

                                          Contact:  Gloria Merrill

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

                                        • Personal Theology
                                            03-02-2019

                                            Contact:  Gloria Merrill

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

                                          • Personal Theology
                                              03-09-2019

                                              Contact:  Gloria Merrill

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

                                            • Personal Theology
                                                03-17-2019

                                                Contact:  Gloria Merrill

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