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. 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

                                • Personal Theology
                                    03-29-2020

                                    Contact:  Gloria Merrill

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

                                  • Personal Theology
                                      04-05-2020

                                      Contact:  Gloria Merrill

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

                                    • Personal Theology
                                        04-12-2020

                                        Contact:  Gloria Merrill

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

                                      • Personal Theology
                                          04-19-2020

                                          Contact:  Gloria Merrill

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

                                        • Personal Theology
                                            04-26-2020

                                            Contact:  Gloria Merrill

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

                                          • Personal Theology
                                              05-03-2020

                                              Contact:  Gloria Merrill

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

                                            • Personal Theology
                                                05-10-2020

                                                Contact:  Gloria Merrill

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