Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Visalia
Building Your Own Theology  
Discussion Course - September 6, 2007 - January 30, 2008

Ultimately, we are all theologians. We all ponder the great life issues. 

You are invited to participate in this new Discussion Course, beginning on September 6, 2007, and continuing on alternate Thursdays for 10 sessions. The course is free, but you will need the $17 course workbook, and a blank notebook or journal for your own notes .
Building Your Own Theology

Without a deep-rooted theology, this tumultuous world in which we live will be full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. If we are to harness our deepest spiritual convictions for meaningful living in this world, we need to get our theology straight.

Developing a personal theology is not an academic exercise; it has to do with the very stuff of our lives. This class invites you to develop your personal credos: the fundamental religious beliefs, values and convictions that inform and direct the living of your life.

Author Richard S. Gilbert, a well-respected UU minister, poses five developmental tasks in which participants come to terms with human nature, ultimate reality, history, ethics, and religious meaning.

Supplemental reading recomended by this course is available from our online Building Your Own Theology Bookstore.

Course Outline

Session 1 - Doing Theology - A Liberal Religious Model

Session 2 - Your Religious Odyssey - Autobiography with a Spiritual Twist

Session 3 - Varieties of Liberal Religious Experience - Unitarian Universalists and the Burning Bush

Session 4 - Human Nature - Some Self-Understanding

Session 5 - Ultimate Reality - Creating an Honest God

Session 6 - History - An Honest Backward Look

Session 7 - Ethics as Unenforceable Obligations - The Importance of Being Good for Nothing

Session 8 - We are the Meaning Makers

Session 9 - So What? Imperatives of My Theology

Session 10 - Wrapping It Up - A Credo

Event Info
First Session: September 6, 2007
7 - 9 PM

For questions, or to sign up for the course, please contact, by August 27:
Janet Wood | jswood@mac.com | (559) 739-8527

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To participate you will need to purchase the Workbook for $17.00. We will send in a group purchase order in the next week, so please let us know right away if you want to participate in this course. Deadline to register is August 27, but please let us know as soon as you can if you wish to participate so we can order enough Workbooks!

To sign up for this course, or for any questions, please e-mail Janet Wood at jswood@mac.com or
phone (559) 739-8527.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Visalia | 17208 Avenue 296, Visalia (Friends Meeting House) | Hwy 198 - Farmersville Exit - then east on North side frontage road | PO Box 3469 | Visalia | CA | 93278