Community Courses

Love Beyond Belief:

Practicing the Heart of Our Unitarian Universalist Faith

with Rev. Dr. Thandeka

November 10-12, 2017

at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn


Part I: Building a Foundation for a Unitarian Universalist Theology of Personal Experience

Friday, November 10, 2017

6:00PM Light dinner

6:30PM to 9:30PM Workshop


Part II: Creating a Common Vocabulary for a Unitarian Universalist Theology of Personal Experience

Saturday, November 11, 2017

10:00AM to Noon

Lunch Break

Part III. Practicing a Unitarian Universalist Theology of Personal Experience in Social Justice and Eco-Justice Work.

12:30PM – 4:30PM

Friday and Saturday are free and open to members + friends of the congregation and to Unitarian Universalist congregational teams. Registration form available soon.


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Worship Service: Courageous Ministry

 We will explore how our faith as Unitarian Universalists gives us the fortitude, stamina, and courage to practice what we preach: love beyond belief.

All are welcome.

Public Lecture

3:00PM to 5:30PM

Sunday, November 12, 2017


Lecture Title: Got Race? America’s Most Successful Ad Campaign


Learn why whites and blacks were made in America and discover how we can reaffirm the inherent worth and dignity of the human race.


Thandeka, the Affect Theologian in Residence at Andover Newton Theological School, is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, congregational consultant, a Westar Institute Fellow, and formerly an Emmy award-winning television producer. She is the creator of the Love Beyond Belief™ initiative for UU congregations and the founder of Contemporary Affect Theology, which is designed to explain emotional development in religious settings and terms. Polebridge Press will publish Thandeka’s new book, Love Beyond Belief: The History of a Lost Emotion, in March 2018.

Thandeka’s seminal work on Schleiermacher and Cultural Identity Studies—including The Embodied Self: Friedrich Schleiermacher’s Solution to Kant’s Problem of the Empirical Self (1995) and Learning to be White: Money, Race and God in America (1999, German edition 2009)—have helped secure her place as a “major figure in American liberal theology,” as Gary Dorrien notes in The Making of American Liberal Theology: Crisis, Irony, and Postmodernity, 1950-2005.

She was given the !Xhosa name Thandeka, which means “beloved,” by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1984.

Thandeka received her Ph.D. in philosophy of religion and theology from Claremont Graduate University. She has taught at Andover Newton Theological School, Harvard Divinity School, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Meadville Lombard Theological School, Williams College, and was a Fellow at Stanford University’s Humanities Center.