... EQUIPPING CHRISTIANS FOR LIVES OF EVERYDAY DISCIPLESHIP
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, What is the Kingdom of God Like? by Susan S. Phillips, New College Berkeley's Executive Director and Professor of Sociology and Christianity.
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.
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.
Visit http://www.fpcberkeley.org/avms.asp (both 9am or 11:30am services).
Remembering NCB President Richard V. Benner, 5 October 1939 - 29 October 2016
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Dr. Richard V. Benner, the fourth president of New College Berkeley. Richard served on the New College Berkeley Board of Trustees from 1982-1990, chairing the Board from 1983-1988. In 1990 he was appointed President and served in that role until 1993.
Richard Benner held a Ph.D. in Organizational and Administrative Educational Studies from Stanford University. Prior to assuming the presidency of NCB he was the Assistant Dean of the Haas School of Business at U. C. Berkeley. With his organizational and business acumen, deep faith, and genuine warmth toward all people in the New College Berkeley community, Richard—as trustee and president—guided the school through significant transitional years in its mission and in its participation in the larger academic community of the Graduate Theological Union. The imprint of his vision and integrity is forever with us, and we extend our appreciation for Richard’s life, as well as our grief in his death, to his wife Patricia, his children John and Lindsay, and the loving community that surround them.
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.
Spring Credit Course: Psychology and Spirituality of Flourishing: Exploring Growth in Community (Saturdays,
March 25 and April 8, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. GTU academic credit available).
of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley. Room: TBA. Cost: $150
and UCB students are encouraged to cross-register into this course
through their schools.Taught bysociologist and
spiritual directorSusan S. Phillips
(Ph.D.) and clinical psychologist John White (Ph.D.).
Informed by the fields
of positive psychology and Christian spiritual formation, this course
will examine the possibility of cultivating our lives of faith and
community, even in a culture that pushes us to live shallowly and
relate superficially. We will look at recent writing on flourishing,
including Susan Phillips’s The
Cultivated Life: From Ceaseless Striving to Receiving Joy,
and moral community, including Jonathan Haidt’s The
Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. 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).
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,
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
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.
Serving 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.
New 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.)
NCB 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 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.