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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, Continuing to Grow and Dare  by John White, a clinical psychologist in private practice in the SF Bay Area and New College Berkeley's Visiting Professor of Psychology.

The NCB trustees and all of us who serve this ministry are grateful and delighted to announce that New College Berkeley has received a three-year grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. as part of its "Campus Ministries Theological Exploration of Vocation” initiative! This funding allows us to expand our ministry to students and offer student scholarships to our programs. Please help us spread this good news to university students.

Save the Date! NCB's 40th Anniversary Gala on September 30, 2017. Scott's Seafood, Jack London Square. Keynote speaker: Mark Labberton.

Ongoing and upcoming events: 

*ROOM CHANGE* Life for Christians in Syria Today: A Conversation with Nadim and Huda Nassar. (Saturday, March 17, 7:30 p.m. -9:00 p.m.) Barrows Hall, Room 60, UC Berkeley. Free. They will share about their work through the Awareness Foundation on building bridges and living out their faith in the context of severe humanitarian crises. Nadim is the only Syrian priest in the Church of England and advises the All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief. Huda oversees all Awareness initiatives in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine.

Annual Earl Palmer Seminar: The Book of Psalms - A Sourcebook for Faith and Living (Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.)  First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana, Berkeley, Sanctuary. Cost $50 ($90 per couple; $25 student) (with lunch). The Psalms are memorable poems, and “any kind of poetry can be seen as a metaphor for life….[Poems are] free expressions adorning an enduring framework, like fresh blossoms on a garden trellis..[which] hint strongly at God's intentions for the way every life should be lived" (Walt Hearn, Radix, 2016, 39(1), p. 3). Join the Rev. Earl Palmer for a day spent reflecting together on the key role that the Psalms of the Old Testament play in our discipleship as followers of Jesus Christ. Register.

I Am the Vine, You are the Branches: A Wine Country Memoir Writing Retreat with Sharon Gallagher and Susie Lipps (Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.), a private room in Healdsburg. Cost: $50 for retreat, including lunch (wine at an additional cost). At this wine-country retreat, a small group will gather to write stories about their spiritual journeys in response to biblical metaphors relating to the Vineyard. Join us for a morning of soul-cultivation. Sharon Gallagher (MTS), a member of the New College Berkeley faculty, is the editor of Radix magazine and author of Finding Faith. She frequently teaches memoir-writing classes for NCB. Susie Lipps (MAGL), the founder of Conversations in the Vineyard, has spent many years leading and consulting for Christian non-profit ministries, including International Impact and Synergy Women’s Network. Space limited to 15 participants.  Register.



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.




New Media . . .


An order form for the Earl Palmer CD on "C.S. Lewis in a Time of War" is available to download. Download the form.

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 via email.  


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Of Interest . . .



The Cultivated Life by Susan S. PhillipsServing God's Community: Essays in Honor of W. Ward Gasque     Edited by Susan Phillips with Soo-Inn Tan


This Festschrift was presented to Dr. Gasque, the founding president of New College Berkeley, to honor him for his contribution to the cause of Christ, and with the hope that the things he has been committed to—biblical scholarship, leadership development, and the equipping of the laity—will continue to receive fresh exposure and momentum.



The Cultivated Life by Susan S. PhillipsNew College Berkeley director Susan Phillips walks us through the "circus" of our cultural landscape to invite us into a cultivated life of spirituality. We want to be rooted and grounded in Christ, but are pushed toward constant work, alternating between performance and spectacle. Cultivation requires a kind of attentiveness that is countercultural to our age of distraction. More info and places to purchase online.


Books will be available at the July book signing event at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. (More information to follow.)




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.

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