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.
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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