Fall 2019 Programs

Registration is open for Fall 2019 programs!


We regret needing to cancel the forum planned foR October 12th, due to power outages in Berkeley and the closure of UC Berkeley and other nearby universities.

Our speaker and panelists have graciously offered to postpone the forum until Saturday, November 23, and we will be in touch with more information about that.

If you have registered and paid for tomorrow’s event, please let us know if you would like a refund or would like it applied to the rescheduled forum. (510 841/9386 or info@newcollegeberkeley.org)

Offering this program on self-care in anxious and discouraging times seems more important than ever as we face the possibility of fire, and I pray you are safe and well-cared for this weekend.

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Faith & work forum series–

Self-care in Anxious and Discouraging Times

This forum will offer sources of hope in a time when social tensions run high and work/school pressures can be crushing. Join us for a keynote address by Lily Stearns, PhD, MA, MDiv and a speaker panel discussion on what "self-care" entails at the intersection of the university and the church.

  • Rescheduled for Nov. 23, 2019 (previous date: Saturday, October 12, 2019)

  • 9 am––12:30 pm

  • Location: Room G202, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley

  • Fee $15; Free for students, but registration is required (Students, to register please email info@newcollegeberkeley.org with your name and institutional affiliation.)

Keynote Bio: Lily Stearns, PhD, MA, MDiv has more than 20 years of experience counseling, pastoring, teaching, and leading diverse individuals and organizations. Lily is currently Executive Director of Berkeley Christian Counselors and Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Holy Names University and was formerly the Executive Director of Asian Community Mental Health Services.

Panel Speakers Bios:

Ryan Pemberton is Minister for University Engagement at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. He has a passion for teaching, discussing, and writing about theology, faith, and culture—with and for today’s generation. Ryan recently published his first book, a memoir on calling, entitled Called: My Journey to C.S. Lewis's House and Back Again.

Clyde Wayne is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist at Berkeley Christian Counselors who specializes in work with pre-marital and married couples as well as high school teens and young adults. Clyde is also an ordained pastor having served in church ministry for over forty years.

Naisa Wong is a Spiritual Director at the Gravity Center. Her mission is to support and guide individuals and groups towards discovering and living out their most creative and authentic selves.  Naisa has also worked with the marginalized in story-telling and creative discovery to aid in individual and communal reconciliation and healing.

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Lily Stearns, PhD, MA, MDiv

Dr. Stearns has more than 20 years of experience counseling, pastoring, teaching, and leading diverse individuals and organizations. Lily is currently Executive Director of Berkeley Christian Counselors and Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Holy Names University and was formerly the Executive Director of Asian Community Mental Health Services.


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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

  • Tuesdays 6:10 - 9 pm

  • Location: Graduate Theological Union, Room 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 - Sept. 4, 2019

  • 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 / 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 25, 2019 – May 2020

  • Wednesdays, 3-5 pm

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

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


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Beginning Biblical Hebrew

Co-sponsored by New College Berkeley / with Chris Corwin, PhD, Visiting Professor of Biblical Studies at New College Berkeley

This study group is designed to enable participants to begin reading the Hebrew Scriptures in Hebrew and to continue developing greater expertise in biblical Hebrew. No previous experience with biblical Hebrew is necessary. This course focuses on the development of several sets of skills: pronunciation of the Hebrew script, a simple understanding of the phonology, weekly increase in vocabulary, complete mastery of certain aspects of the grammar system, and exposure to other aspects of the grammar. The course includes approximately two hours of weekly homework.

The course requires a standard textbook and workbook (approx. cost $60): 

- Pratico and Van Pelt. Basics of Biblical Hebrew: Grammar, Zondervan. (edition TBD)

- Pratico and Van Pelt. Basics of Biblical Hebrew: Workbook, Zondervan (edition TBD). 

  • September 17, 2019 — May 30, 2020

  • Tuesdays, 7-9 pm

  • Location: First Presbyterian Church Berkeley, Room G207

  • No fee for course but registration is required. Contact Chris Corwin to register.