Love Beyond Belief with Thandeka

Love Beyond Belief: Practicing the Heart of Our Unitarian Universalist Faith


Weekend Workshop | $25 (includes dinner on Friday & lunch on Saturday)  
Friday, December 8 | 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  
Saturday, December 9 | 9:30 to 4:30 p.m. 

Work with renowned theologian Rev. Thandeka during this weekend workshop focused on our liberal faith. The workshop is designed for us to develop a deeper sense of who we are as Unitarian Universalists and gain an expanded sense of what we can do together. 


We never want the cost of an event to limit someone from attending. There are limited scholarships available. To request a scholarship, contact Shannon Boston at There is an opportunity to sponsor the cost for someone else to attend when you register. 


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Public Lecture and Discussion with Thandeka 
Wednesday, December 6 | 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  
All Souls Church | 2952 S. Peoria Ave

Thandeka's talk will track the hidden history of racial identify-formation and how whites and blacks were made in America. Be a part of the conversation which deeply explores race, white privilege, and calls us to answer Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s question, "Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community?" 

The lecture is free and open to the public. No registration required. 

Recent Works: 

Love Beyond Belief: Recovering the Lost Emotional Foundation of Liberal Christian Faith—A Contemporary Affect Theology Project (Salem, Oregon: Polebridge Press, 2018)

Neurobiology, Emotions and Faith: From White Self-Destruction to Healing through Contemporary Affect Theology, by 
Thandeka & Darcia Narvaez. 

Ethics: Contemporary Perspectives Vol 4/2017 

Theme: Ethics and Religion in Public and Political Life, Edited by Daniel J Fleming

(In Press) "Whites: Made In America, Advancing American Philosophers’ Discourse on Race,The Pluralist: The Journal of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 13:1

(In Press) "Creating a Spiritual Practice to Heal and Transform the World: An Invitation,"Tikkun Magazine

Rev. Dr. Thandeka received her Ph.D. in philosophy of religion and theology from Claremont Graduate University. She was given the !Xhosa name Thandeka, which means “beloved,” by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1984. She is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and congregational consultant, an Emmy award-winning television producer, and founder of Contemporary Affect Theology, which studies religious experience from the standpoint of emotions. Jaak Panksepp, the founder of affective neuroscience, commends Thandeka’s “decisive historical-philosophical analysis” as work that can provide “a universal substrate for nondenominational religious experience” (The Archeology of the Mind, 391). 

Thandeka is author of seminal books and papers on Schleiermacher and Cultural Identity Studies, including The Embodied Self: Friedrich Schleiermacher’s Solution to Kant’s Problem of the Empirical Self (1995), Learning to be White: Money, Race and God in America (1999, German edition 2009), The Oxford University Handbook on Feminist Theology and Globalization (2011), and The Cambridge Companion to Schleiermacher (2005). Thandeka's books and essays 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 (John Knox Press, 2006). 

Thandeka has taught at San Francisco State University, Meadville Lombard Theological School, Williams College, Harvard Divinity School, Lancaster Theological Seminary, and Brandeis University, and has been a Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center at Stanford University, a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology in California, and Union Theological Seminary in New York City.