Sundays, September through May at 10:00 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 2014. 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: Barbara Rockhold, Chairperson; Gloria Merrill, Treasurer; Kit Hewitt, Secretary; Dave Rockhold, Dwight Merrill, Mac Lingo, audio technicians.
February 1: Matthew Fox, internationally acclaimed spiritual theologian, Episcopal priest, activist, author and professor; founder of University of Creation Spirituality. “Meister Eckhart: A Mystic Warrior for our Times.”
February 8: Rabbi Harry Manhoff, Congregational Rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom in San Leandro, lecturer at St. Mary’s College, author, comic book collector. “Tu B’Shavat, the Jewish Arbor Day: Planting Trees in Israel.”
February 15: Barbara Bye, movement artist, combines the study of classical Indian dance with mudras (hand positions), gestures and spoken words, creating a deeply felt experience. “Favorite Heartfelt Poems Embodied.”
February 22: J. Ruth Gendler, artist, writing and art teacher and author of three books, The Book of Qualities, Notes on the Need for Beauty, and Changing Light. “The Qualities of Creativity and Beauty.”
March 1: Dr. Richard MacDonald, physician, Senior Medical Advisor to Final Exit Network, Past President of World Federation of Right to Die Societies. “Control at the End of Life – a Human Right.”
March 8: Bill Garrett, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy and Religion; has taught at J.F.K. University, San Francisco State, the Fromm institute, CIIS and Osher Lifelong Learning. “Evolution has a Direction and is Developmental.”
March 15: Bill Garrett (see March 8), “Human Evolution is both Ongoing and Accelerating.”
March 22: Bill Garrett (see March 8), “Epigenetics and the Rethinking of Inheritance.”
March 29: Rev. Cathleen Cox, Community Minister for UUCB, spiritual director, teacher, certified dream worker, and workshop facilitator. “More than Ever: Why Unitarian Universalism Matters Now.”
April 5: Dr. Sándor Kovács, Balázs Scholar at Starr King School for the Ministry, Ph.D. in Unitarian history, translator, editor, and publisher. “A Transylvanian Unitarian Professor Discusses Differing Perspectives in Europe vs. America.”
April 12: Laura Bushman, retired college professor with 28 years of public speaking experience, has travelled to over 135 countries, speaks Italian, French, and some Spanish. “Semana Santa in Seville (Holy Week).”
April 19: Roberta Shaw, longtime UUCB member, degree in History and Humanities from Stanford, M.A. in History from U.C. Berkeley, teacher at Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning at University of San Francisco. “Visions of Heaven and Hell: The Afterlife in World Art.”
April 26: Jim Conlon, Director of Sophia Institute at Holy Names University, author, awarded the 2013 Thomas Berry Award for carrying on Thomas Berry’s work and legacy. “Celebrating Earth, Art, and Spirit.”
May 3: Alex Pappas, former teacher of World Religions at College of Alameda and avid student of the ancient traditions. “God, Spirit, Soul and the Divine Unity (Part 1: God).”
May 10: Alex Pappas (see May 3), “God, Spirit, Soul, and the Divine Unity (Part 2: Spirit and Soul).”
May 17: Evaluation and Planning Meeting: Please join us to help evaluate past speakers as well as offer suggestions for future topics and/or speakers. Your input and ideas are important to keeping the Personal Theology program current and meaningful.
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