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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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. 

  • 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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Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius / Lafayette, CA

with Chris Shiber, MDiv

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

The exercises meet weekly on Wednesday 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
  • Wednesdays, 10-noon
  • Lafayette United Methodist Church 
  • $1000 (with $50 non-refundable application fee) 

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faith & work forum

A panel of recent Cal grads in diverse fields share how to sustain a sense of meaning and purpose in school and work. Cosponsored with Veritas Graduate Fellowship. 

  • September 2018 / date TBA
  • 7 PM
  • First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley /Calvin Room / Geneva Hall 
  • Free admission / no registration required 

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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 TBA)
  • $300 Course Fee; $150 for students