Fall 2019 Programs

Registration is now open for Fall 2019 programs!


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Writing from Inside Out: Personal Writing for Public Purposes

This course is a workshop designed to help students experiment with various forms of first-person writing: reflections, autobiographical sketches, memoir, and other musings, all of which may serve the dual purpose of personal spiritual growth and public ministry.

with Marilyn McEntyre, PhD

  • September 3 – December 10, 2019

  • Thursdays 6:10 - 9 pm

  • Location: Bay Area TBA

  • $300 fee


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The gospel of john

This course introduces students to 1) the content of the Gospel of John, including a brief comparison with the Synoptic Gospels; 2) its genre and the various literary styles used to convey the message of the Gospel of John; 3) traditional introductory issues, e.g., authorship, date, background, structure, etc.; and 4) various methods appropriate to the study of this Gospel.

with Thomas Elson, PhD

  • Date of first meeting TBA

  • Wednesdays 7:10 - 9:40 pm

  • Location: First Presbyterian Church Berkeley

  • $300 fee (First Pres Berkeley members, please contact us for a special parishioner rate: info@newcollegeberkeley.org)


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Group Spiritual Direction

An incredible opportunity for spiritual direction in small groups committed to spiritual friendship, contemplative listening, and prayer. Groups of four directees meet monthly for nine months throughout the Bay Area under the guidance of an experienced spiritual director.

“Group spiritual direction helps individuals grow in their faith, love others more fully, and participate in the mission of the church more effectively.” Alice Fryling, 2009

$60/month per person (total of $540 for the 9-meeting program).

  • September 2019 – May 2020

  • 2-hour meetings, day & time TBD with group members

  • Location: Bay Area––TBD with group members

  • $60/month per person / FREE for UCB students / inquire at info@newcollegeberkeley.org. There is a $60 non-refundable application fee


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Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius / berkeley, ca

with Susan S. Phillips, PhD & Paul Harkness, MDiv

The Spiritual Exercises were developed by Ignatius of Loyola in the 16th century. They offer 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 own lives.

The commitment includes weekly sessions of group spiritual direction and monthly individual spiritual direction, as well as attendance at two optional retreats.   

  • September 2019 – May 2020

  • 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 / moraga, CA

with Jill Boyce & Daeseop Yi

The Spiritual Exercises were developed by Ignatius of Loyola in the 16th century. They offer 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 own lives.

The commitment includes weekly sessions of group spiritual direction and monthly individual spiritual direction, as well as attendance at two optional retreats.   

  • September 2019 – May 2020

  • Wednesdays, 3-5 pm

  • Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church, 10 Moraga Valley Lane, Moraga, CA

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