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.
Sept.8: The Rev. Barbara Hamilton-Holway, Co-Minister of UUCB since 1996, author, “Bursts of Anger, Swells of Laughter, Wounded Tears, Soaring Song: a place of meeting.” What is possible in meeting one with another in religious community?
Sept. 15: Walter Truett Anderson, author, political scientist, at present developing a web site on the meaning of the Anthropocene Epoch. “Becoming Part of Everything.” Today we find ourselves discovering a real connection with the universe, Earth, all living creatures – even one another – through scientific discoveries.
Sept.22: Sam Keen, noted philosopher, author of over fifteen books on life, religion, love, including Fire in the Belly, and Sightings, co-producer of award winning PBS documentary, Faces of the Enemy. “Thoughts on Vocation.”
Sept. 29: Marcelline Krafchick, A.B., M.A., Ph.D. Lit., has published articles in the New York Times and numerous academic journals as well as books on literary criticism and travel. Santa Clara University’s first woman instructor, she taught mythology at Cal State East Bay for 36 years. . “How Belief Stories Matter.”
Oct. 6: The Rev. Bill Hamilton-Holway, Co-minister of UUCB since 1996, a life long UU. Bill completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at Meadville/Lombard Theological School in Chicago. “May Nothing Evil Cross this Door.”
Oct. 13: Phyllis Stowell, author of 7 collections of poetry, most recently Sundried. She is Professor Emerita and founding member of the Saint Mary’s College MFA. She is currently Co-Chair of the Friends of the Institute at the C.G. Jung Institute in San Francisco. “Dark Imagination.”
Oct. 20: André Delbecq, professor at Santa Clara University, and Director of the Institute for Spirituality of Organizational Leadership, conducting dialog between theologians and executives. “The Shadow Side of Charisma: Leadership—Temptations to hubris and spiritual disciplines as offsets.”
Oct. 27: Robert “Bob” Fuller, past President of Oberlin College, just published The Rowan Tree: a Novel (www.rowantreenovel.com), “Why is the Golden Rule so widely flaunted? Could it be made self-enforcing?”
Nov. 3: Jim Conlon, Director of Sophia Institute at Holy Names University. “Sacred Butterfly: Paying Attention to Other Modes of Understanding.”
Nov.10: Rev. Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker, President of Starr King School for the Ministry since 1990, Professor of Theology since 2000, advocate for LGBTQ issues for 30 years, and accomplished cellist. “The Gifts of Unitarian Universalism: How my Mind Has Changed.”
Nov.17: Steven Herrmann, author, clinical psychologist. “Meister Eckhart: Leaving God for God.”
Nov. 24: Joel ben Izzy, storyteller who has traveled the globe gathering and collecting stories for thirty years, author of The Beggar King and the Secret, “Turkey by Candlelight.”
Dec. 1: Carolyn West, storyteller at Northbrae Community Church, published poet and essayist. She has a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Princeton and a Masters degree in Fine Arts (Poetry) from Warren Wilson.
Dec.8: Victoria Lee, author and teacher of Rumi’s poetry, song writer, singer, psychologist, and Donna Lerew, concert violinist with a spiritual bent. “Celebrating Joy through Music and Poetry.”
Dec. 15: Rev. Jeremy Taylor, Unitarian Universalist Minister, author, founder of an internationally known school of dream work. “Naming the Deepest Sources of Meaning and Value in My Life and Yours.”
Dec. 22: Rev. Jeremy Taylor, “My Life Promoting Radical Social/Cultural Change while Exploring Dreams, Visions, Sacred Narratives, and Popular Culture----All of which reveal Basic Human Nature.”
Dec. 29: Holiday Schedule. No Personal Theology session.
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.”
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