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Walking in Newness

Welcome to New College Berkeley's blog, "Walking in Newness." Each month a member of the NCB faculty will post a personal reflection on their life of faith. Read the current month post, "Where Angels Fear to Tread" by Rich Rhodes, Associate Professor of Linguistics and Associate Dean in the College of Letters and Science at U.C. Berkeley.



Fall Programs 2014

The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius  

Susan Phillips and Jill Boyce

September 2014 to May 2015 in Berkeley

The Spiritual Exercises were developed by Ignatius of Loyola in the 16th century. They offer a structure to daily living which elicits and encourages experiences of an ongoing relationship with God. The Exercises include learning to pray with our imagination and how to enter into the stories of Jesus so they intersect with our own lives.

The Exercises are often associated with a 30 day retreat. However, this is a thirty-week format for those who cannot take a month away from their busy lives.  View/download the brochure (Berkeley).


Writing Your Journey 

Sharon Gallagher 

Thursdays, 7:10‑9:10 p.m., September 4–December 11, cosponsored with First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana Street, Room: TBA  (GTU academic credit available) Cost: $280 Student: $140 (Partial scholarships available for FPCB members.)

This is a semester-long course in a small-group format. Participants will be mentored in writing and in reading first-person non-fiction, viewing their lives as spiritual journeys. We will look to the world around us, to the guidance of Scripture, and into our hearts and minds to better understand our life experiences.


What Makes a Bible Translation Good? 

Richard Rhodes 

Wednesday, 7 p.m., October 7, Berkeley Covenant Church, 1632 Hopkins, Fireside Room 

Richard Rhodes, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Linguistics will discuss  theories of Biblical translation and which translations are most helpful.




Small Group Spiritual Direction Group Spiritual Direction Supervised by Susan Phillips Fall 2014–Spring 2015. Bay Area locations and times: TBA
Cost: $50/month, which may be paid
in advance ($450, including the $50 deposit) (note: space is limited and must be reserved by August 15)

We will be offering an opportunity for monthly spiritual direction in a small group committed to a year of fellowship, contemplative listening, and prayer. The groups will be facilitated by trained spiritual directors under the supervision of Susan Phillips. There will be nine monthly two-hour meetings at Bay Area locations. Please call Susan Phillips (510-841-9386) or email her ( if you are interested in participating. View/download the brochure.


What Good is Art?


William A. Dyrness


November 9, 7:00 p.m.  Cosponsored with and held at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley  2407 Dana, Sanctuary


William  Dyrness (Ph. D) is Professor of  Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books, including, Visual Faith: Art, Theology, and Worship.


Advent Retreat: Prepare the Way

Susan S. Phillips

Saturday, 9:00 a.m‑1p.m. December 13, Cosponsored with and held at First Presbyterian Church Berkeley, 2407 Dana, G208 and G209. Cost:$25 (enrollment limited)



Note: We’ve gone green! We will not be mailing out copies of the NCB brochure and encourage you to register online for programs. We also invite you to view and print out NCB program and registration information. We will print out and mail brochures on request.



Spring 2014 Program details.


New Media . . .


The Semon on the Mount: The Teacher Makes a Difference, Earl Palmer
CD's available: Order

Behold, the Tabernacle of God is with People: Sinai as Past and Future Hope, Hiermonk Justin Sinaites
DVDs available, Two-Part Set


 For more information about ongoing classes/seminars, please contact us at  Click HERE to register for an upcoming class.


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Thanksgiving 2013


A MENU of NCB Donation Opportunties.

New College Berkeley welcomes gifts to support the ministry!

To make a donation please click HERE.


Of Interest . . .



Candlelight, Spiritual DirectionNCB Executive Director Susan Phillips'  book Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction offers an intimate view of spiritual direction through written narratives of actual spiritual direction sessions. The experiential practice is accompanied by theoretical and theological understandings that guide it. The book includes the stories of nine men and women whose stories illustrate how the journey of Christian discipleship is helped by spiritual direction. More info and places to purchase online.



 where=Where Faith Meets Culture: A Radix Magazine Anthology, is newly published. The book, edited by NCB Associate Director Sharon Gallagher, features articles by these distinguished writers: Peggy Alter, Kurt Armstrong, Robert Bellah, Bob Buford, Krista Faries, David and Susan Fetcho, Sharon Gallagher, David Gill, Joel B. Green, Os Guinness, Virginia Hearn, Walter Hearn, Don Heinz, Margaret Horwitz, Mark Labberton, Henri Nouwen, Dan Ouellette, Earl Palmer, Susan Phillips, Steve Scott, and Luci Shaw. You can order the anthology for $20.00 by sending a check to: Radix magazine, P.O. Box 4307, Berkeley, CA 94704.



Robert Bellah TributeRead the tribute to Robert N. Bellah, preeminent scholar of the sociology of religion who served on New College Berkeley’s Advisory Board since 1994.



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