... 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 by Margaret M. Horwitz, New Colllege Berkeley Visiting Professor.
"A Shoot Shall Sprout”: Cultivating God’s Grace in Our Lives
Susan S. Phillips
Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m, December 14, Co-sponsored with and held at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley; 2407 Dana; G208 and G209,(enrollment limited to 25) Cost: $25
The prophet Isaiah tells us that “a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse” (11:1), a “shoot” we know as Jesus. God’s Spirit will rest on Him, and the world will be blessed with His wisdom, justice, peace, and a radical reformation of the world. Just as plants in gardens need tending, so does this gift from God. Join us this Advent for a morning of prayer, conversation, and silence during which we’ll tend to this shoot of grace, so that it may sprout and flourish in our hearts and lives.
Susan S. Phillips (Ph.D.) is executive director of New College Berkeley. She teaches Christian spirituality at the GTU, Regent College, and Fuller Theological Seminary, and is a spiritual director. She is the author of Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction.
NCB Spring Preview
Monastic Wisdom for Everyday Life with Evan Howard, Ph.D.
Saturday, January 18
Caring for Words: Stewardship of Language as Ministry and Spiritual Discipline with Marilyn McEntyre, Ph.D.
Thursday evenings, February 6-May 22
The Sermon on the Mount: The Teacher Makes a Difference
(Matthew 5, 6, and 7) with Earl Palmer, M. Div.Saturday, March 29
Contemplative Prayer Retreat—Examining Our Lives in Lent
with Susan Phillips, Ph.D.Saturday, April 12
Spiritual Friendship in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” and “Emma” with Margaret Horwitz, Ph.D.Saturday, April 26
Women Empowered to Serve withSharon Gallagher, M.T.S.
Note: We’ve gone green! We will not be mailing out copies of the Fall 2013 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.
Fall 2013–Spring 2014.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 15)
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 (email@example.com) if you are interested in participating. View/download the brochure.
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.
Read the tribute to Robert N. Bellah, preeminent scholar of the sociology of religion who served on New College Berkeley’s Advisory Board since 1994.