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 by sociologist and
spiritual director Susan 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).
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,
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.