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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, "The Pilgrim Way" by Susan S. Phillips, New College Berkeley Executive Director. 


Fall 2015


The Call to Peacemaking: A Public Lecturer 

Presented by Rev. Nadim Nassar

Thursday, November 5, at 7:30 p.m. to be held at Evans Hall, Cal Berkeley, Room 60, cosponsored and hosted by Cal Christian Fellowship

Nadim Nassar (the only Syrian Anglican priest in the world) issues a call for Christians to become peacemakers, a counter force of love and peace to the intolerance and aggression that have taken hold in so many communities. 

Embracing Silence: A Facilitated Retreat

Led by Jill Boyce (M.A.) and Sarah Johnson (M.A.)

Saturday, November 7, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., To be held at a private home in Walnut Creek. Cost: $25

Join us for a retreat steeped in the rich heritage of Christian silence, contemplative prayer and meditation. We will have times of being led in the practice by two spiritual directors, time for reflection, and time for shared silence. Come be renewed and refreshed in the embrace of God.

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Advent Prayer Retreat

Susan Phillips (Ph.D.)

Fall 2015 – Spring 2016Saturday, December 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Co-sponsored with and held at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana St., Room: TBA
Cost: $25 No lunch (limited to a maximum of 25 participants)

Advent is an opportunity to reflect on this adventure into which God invites us. Carve out time in the press toward Christmas to prepare your hearts for walking the Way in the year ahead. Join us for a morning of prayer, reflection, and readying ourselves to continue our great pilgrimage with Christ.

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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.



Fall 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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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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