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, University of Chicago and leader in developing Process Theology. Weekly, participants listen to and dialogue with theological and spiritual leaders, as well as present their own topics and spiritual journeys. Seminars fulfill the UU values of drawing inspiration from diverse traditions and deepening the spiritual life. This program is supported by contributions from those attending. Coordinator: Martha Helming assisted by Lois Gilbert, Barbara Rockhold, and Gloria Merrill.
Jan. 5: 2014: Lori Goldrich, Jungian analyst, music therapist, expressive arts therapist, teacher of Jung’s method of active imagination for 20 years, “Jung’s Active Imagination as a Spiritual Practice.”
Jan. 12: Stephanie Meyer, Assistant Minister, Rissho Kosei Kai of Pacifica. “Walking the Way Together – How Interfaith Bonds Can Transcend Culture.”
Jan. 19: Hana Matt, teacher of world religions at the Graduate Theological Union and the Interfaith Chaplaincy Institute. “Hafiz: How to come to Joy.”
Jan. 26: Hana Matt, “Julian of Norwich: English Woman Mystic.” She said, “I see no difference between the Divine and our substance, but as if it were all God. The fullness of joy is to behold God in each thing and person.”
February 2: Ray Nelson, science fiction author and cartoonist, studied theology at University of Chicago, spent four years studying in Paris, inventor of the propeller beanie, long time UUCB member. “A Non-traditional Look at Emerson.”
February 9: Bill Garrett, PhD, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, has taught at JFK University, San Francisco State, the Fromm Institute, California Institute of Integral Studies and Osher Lifelong Learning, author of Bad Karma: Thinking Twice about Reincarnation. “Natural Selection Isn’t What it Used to Be.” (This is a 3-part series...see below).
February 16: Bill Garrett, (see bio above) “Evolution and Social Dynamics.”
February 23: Bill Garrett, (see bio above) “Evolution, Religion and the Future.”
March 2: Beverly Allen, PhD, Professor Emerita at Syracuse University and Visiting Professor at Graduate Theological Union, consultant with the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal, author of Rape Warfare. “Walking with Mary Magdalene through Scripture, Literature, and Legend.”
March 9: Rev. Sue Magidson, PhD, Spiritual Care Coordinator and Chaplain at San Leandro Hospital, Community Minister affiliated with UUCB, author. “100% UU. 100% Jewish: Joys and challenges of life at the intersection.”
March 16: Rabbi Harry Manhoff, Congregational Rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom in San Leandro, lecturer at St. Mary’s College, author. “Why I love Purim (and hate Hanukkah).”
March 23: Martin Verhoeven, monk for 18 years, Research Professor of Buddhist Classics at Institute for World Religions in Berkeley, Adjunct Professor of Comparative Religions at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. “The Mountain and Me: Nature in Buddhist Meditation.”
March 30: Josh Kornbluth, comedic solo monologuist, has written and starred in films, television and the stage, including The Mathematics of Change and Sea of Reeds, will tell us about his spiritual evolution from Judaism to Atheism to his bar mitzvah at age 52. “Today I Am a (Middle-Aged) Man.”
April 6: Laura Bushman, retired College Professor with 28 years of public speaking experience, has travelled to over 135 countries, speaks Italian, French and some Spanish. “Exploring the Mayan Civilization and Spirituality.”
April 13: Rev. Cathleen Cox, Community Minister for UUCB, spiritual director, teacher, certified dreamworker, and workshop facilitator. “Unitarian Christianity: What is it and What Difference Does it Make?”
April 20: Barbara Bye, movement artist, combines a long study of classical Indian dance with mudras (hand positions), gestures and spoken words, creating a deeply felt experience. “Stories, Myths and the Earth: a performance in word and gesture of the web of life and how we are connected.”
April 27: Kendra Smith, PhD, psychologist, trainer and coach, teacher of metta and vipassana meditation at UUCB, UUCB member, will speak on “God in Buddhism.”
May 11: Evaluation and Planning Meeting, members please join us for help evaluating past speakers as well as offering suggestions for future topics and/or speakers. Your input and ideas are important to keeping the Personal Theology program alive and vital!
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