Fall 2018 Programs

Join us for our Fall 2018 Programs! Registration deadline for all events is one week prior to the event, unless otherwise stated. 

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faith & work forum

The Enneagram as a Christian Tool

Identify your specific giftings from God and learn how to maximize their use, as well as locate what might hinder you from flourishing. Pastor and psychotherapist Brian Kay will help us discover how the enneagram model could foster personal growth and vocational discernment.

  • Saturday, November 17, 2018

  • 9:30 am - 12 pm

  • First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley /2407 Dana St. / G202 Geneva Hall

  • $10 / Free for students (please email info@newcollegeberkeley.org with subject line “student registration” and include name and student status in the email)


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A Celebration of a New Book

Former NCB professor Dr. Bernard Adeney-Risakotta and founding director of the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, will speak about his new book “Living in a Sacred Cosmos: Indonesia and the Future of Islam.”  Join us for a presentation, conversation, and celebration. Co-sponsored by the GTU’s Center for Islamic Studies

  • Thursday, November 29

  • 5pm

  • Dinner Board Room of the Graduate Theological Union Library / 2400 Ridge Road

  • FREE and no registration required


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Group Spiritual Direction

Commit to spiritual friendship, contemplative listening, and prayer. Monthly spiritual direction in a small group of 4 with trained spiritual director. $50/month per person (total of $450 for the 9- meeting program).

  • September 2018 – May 2019

  • 2-hour meetings, day & time TBA

  • Location: Bay Area TBA

  • $50/month per person / inquire for student rates at info@newcollegeberkeley.org. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee


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Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius / berkeley, ca

with Susan S. Phillips, PhD and Rev. Paul Harkness

Learn how to pray imaginatively by entering into the stories of Jesus. Weekly group exercises & monthly individual spiritual direction. 

The exercises meet weekly on Thursday mornings for 30 weeks offering a structure to daily living which elicits and encourages experiences of an ongoing relationship with God. The Exercises include learning to pray with our imagination and how to enter into the stories of Jesus so they intersect with our lives.   

  • September 2018 – May 2019

  • Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 am

  • First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana St., Berkeley, CA

  • $1000 (with $50 non-refundable application fee)


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Poetry for pastors and Spiritual Caregivers

with Marilyn McEntyre, PhD

The practice of reading poetry closely, paying attention to the ways words work, to the surprising purposes of ambiguity, to effects of poetic devices, can enrich the ways we read Scripture, conduct conversations, and widen the repertoire of questions we bring to any text.  This course will focus on a variety of kinds of poetry, on reading it, writing it, and practicing ways of integrating the gifts poems offer into work and life.

  • September 10 - December 10

  • Mondays, 6:10-9pm

  • Graduate Theological Union / Room 217 at the Jesuit School of Theology (1735 LeRoy)

  • $300 Course Fee; $150 for students