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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, Listening to God in Circles of Prayer  by Susan Phillips, New College Berkeley's Executive Director and Professor of Sociology and Christianity, whose most recent book is The Cultivated Life: From Ceaseless Striving to Receiving Joy.

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.

“Magnificat” Sermon by Executive Director Susan Phillips

Listen to ED Susan Phillips' sermon on the Magnificat from First Pres Berkeley's Sunday Service on December 4, 2016 (select either 9am or 11:30am service). 


Ongoing and upcoming events: 

Spring Seminar: Jane Austen's Prayers  (Saturday, February 25, 9-noon at First Covenant Church of Oakland, 4000 Redwood Road). Cost: $25 (no lunch). Dr. Margaret Horwitz will bring her signature informed enthusiasm for Jane Austen to the subject of the author’s wise and heartfelt prayers.  Register.

A Contemplative Lenten Retreat (Saturday, March 4, 9 a.m.-1p.m.)  cosponsored with and held at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley. Rooms: G213 and G214. Cost: $25 (no lunch). Led by New College Berkeley Executive Director and spiritual director, Susan Phillips (Ph.D.). Join us this Lent as we stop and pay attention to God’s great love and truth, as expressed through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This will be a contemplative retreat with Scripture, prayer, and listening to one another. Register.

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.

Writing and Reading Spiritual Memoirs (Saturday, date and location TBA, spring 2017, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.) Cost: $25 (no lunch). Taught by Radix magazine editor and New College Associate Director, Sharon Gallagher (M.T.S.) This is a writing seminar for those who enjoy reading spiritual memoirs and those who would like to begin writing their own “soul” stories. The seminar will feature readings from important spiritual writers with invitations to write short personal responses to the themes. The class will involve writing short pieces and listening to the responses of others in the class. 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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