First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley and New College Berkeley are launching a new annual lectureship in honor of the Reverend Earl F. Palmer, pastor of First Presbyterian Church Berkeley from 1970 to 1991, and founding trustee of New College Berkeley. The Berkeley Palmer Lectureship will examine current biblical scholarship at the intersection of the Church and the Academy. This lectureship, beginning with the inaugural lecture on May 5, 2018, will bring the lens of biblical scholarship to issues of concern to the university, the seminary, and the church. 



"The Temptation to be Less Than Human"




Dr. Craig Barnes, President, Princeton Theological Seminary






Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7 PM

  • First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, Sanctuary / 2407 Dana St., Berkeley, CA 94709
  • Free admission for this inaugural lecture

Student Seminar at 2 PM (free admission). Located in the Dinner Board Room at the GTU Library. This is an informal conversation with Dr. Barnes about what’s happening with the Christian church in the US, and how theological schools are responding to the challenges of our time.

You are invited to help establish the Berkeley Palmer Lectureship!

LAUNCH! Help sponsor this year's inaugural lecture (which is free to the public).

SUSTAIN! Contribute to the endowment fund to ensure the continuation of this lectureship. 


If you donate by check, we'll avoid processing fees for NCB and the lectureship! Mail your check (designated for the Berkeley Palmer Lectureship) to:  New College Berkeley, 2029 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704, Attention: Berkeley Palmer Lectureship. We'll send you a receipt for your tax deductible donation, by email or regular mail. Please let us know your preference. Questions?  Call 510.841.9386 or

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