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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, "Being Poured Out – In a Place Called 'No Water'" by Bonnie Howe, NCB Visiting Professor of Ethics and Biblical Studies. 


Spring Programs 2015

Writing and Reading Spiritual Memoir

Sharon Gallagher, M.T.S., Saturday, April 11 - more details

Minds, Meanings and Bibles

Bonnie Howe, Ph.D., Saturdays, April 18 and 25 - more detail

Peace and Understanding Across Barriers with Nadim Nassar

Saturday, April 25 lecture, 7:00 p.m. - more details

First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana Street, Room G202
No Cost, Donation optional

Healthy Heart, Healthy Mind: the book of Philippians 

Earl Palmer, Ph.D., M.Div, Saturday, May 2 - more details

Upcoming Programs 2015

Group Spirtitual Direction

Supervised by Susan Phillips

Fall 2015–Spring 2016

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 14, 2015.


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. 


Registration Options



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 2015 Program details.


New Media . . .


The Sermon 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 2014


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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