Full name: Rev Dr. Thandeka


The Rev. Dr. Thandeka is a Unitarian Universalist theologian, journalist, and congregational consultant who leads the "We Love Beyond Belief" project. She was given the Xhosa name Thandeka, which means "beloved," by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1984. She is the founder of Affect Theology, which investigates the links between religion and emotions using insights from affective neuroscience.

Her publications include Learning to Be White: Money, Race, and God in America (2000), The Embodied Self: Friedrich Schleiermacher's Solution to Kant's Problem of the Empirical Self, and a contributor to books includingThe Cambridge Companion to Schleiermacher andThe Oxford Handbook on Feminist Theology and Globalization . Thandeka's numerous publications in journals include essays inAmerican Journal of Theology and Philosophy,The International Journal of Practical Theology, Harvard Theological Review,Process Studies, andTikkun.

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

Before receiving her doctorate in philosophy of religion and theology from the Claremont Graduate University, Thandeka was a television producer for 16 years and is an Emmy award winner.

From Thandeka

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Small group ministry creates a sacred time where the stories of our lives are heard.

By Thandeka | March 17, 2015 | From UU World
Tagged as: Spiritual Practice, UU Theology, Personal Inspiration

Despair is my private pain Born from what I have failed to say failed to do failed to overcome. Be still my inner self let me rise to you let me reach down into your pain and soothe you....

Poetry | By Thandeka | March 9, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Caring, Compassion, Despair, Direct Experience, Healing, Hope, Pain, Transformation

Originally published in the American Journal of Theology and Philosophy (January 2009). Friedrich Schleiermacher gave liberal theology a foundation no one could find. He accomplished this amazing feat by making a neurological fact of consciousness the foundational referent for his new theological...

Leader Resource | By Thandeka | February 21, 2013 | For Adults | From What Moves Us

From "Healing Community: Small group ministry as a spiritual practice," UU World, January/February 2005. Recall a time when you were filled with joy. Where were you? At home? At a concert? A party? Maybe you were in a religious service or on vacation....

Leader Resource | By Thandeka | February 7, 2013 | For Adults | From What Moves Us

An adult faith journey for UUs who want to preach and teach what they already experience but want to articulate: the spiritual power of our faith.

Curriculum | By Thandeka | February 7, 2013 | For Adults | From What Moves Us

Despite his childhood exposure to Unitarian Universalism, Barack Obama found his religious home elsewhere, just as too many of our young people do.

By Thandeka | October 7, 2012 | From Ideas
Tagged as: Culture, UU Theology, Faith Development

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