Thanks for joining us for our Spring 2019 Programs!

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faith & work forum

the enneagram for influencers: how self-knowledge and knowledge of christ strengthen your leadership

with Brian Kay, MDiv, PhD

Are you a leader? One classic definition of the term describes any person with a 'sphere of influence' among other people.  On those grounds, most of us are leaders, whether that role is formal or informal, within our families, churches, professions, or any human sphere in which we operate.  A deeper question for Christians is, 'what quality of leader am I, and does my leadership carry something of the "fragrance of Christ?"' (2 Cor. 2:15). Enter the Enneagram!  One of the most important areas for leaders to grow in is self-knowledge: where our hidden motivations lie, how our personality-specific appetites either block or foster good leadership, and how stress pushes us into predictable patterns of reactivity. In this short seminar we're learn how an ancient personality typing tool helps answer those questions.  Beyond that, we'll learn something of the balanced leadership of Jesus himself.

This forum took place on May 11, 2019.

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019

  • 9am––1pm

  • First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley / 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley / Room G208

  • $15 Fee (Free for students - email with your name and institutional affiliation)

  • Coffee/refreshments provided (no lunch)

Speaker bio: 

Brian Kay is a psychotherapist (LMFT/LPCC) in private practice as well as a pastor at Christ Church East Bay. He has taught for Fuller Theological Seminary, Holy Names University, and Cal Poly State University.  He holds a PhD in historical theology, an MDiv and an MA in counseling psychology. Learn more about Brian at


A book celebration & reading

with Tom Boyce, M.D.

“The Orchid and the Dandelion––Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive”

  • This celebration took place on Friday, April 5, 2019. Thanks for joining us!

  • 6:30pm

  • First Pres Berkeley, 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley / Calvin Room

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Spiritual Autobiography / Purposes and Approaches

with Marilyn McEntyre, PhD

Reflecting on substantial excerpts from a range of narratives (and some poetry) about the spiritual “journey” this course will offer an opportunity to explore why this genre continues to be important, not only for personal reflection and spiritual development, but also as a resource for communities––families, churches, and any group that recognizes the spiritual dimension of collaborative living. Students will be writing several experimental pieces and ultimately a short version of (or chapter of) their own spiritual journeys, with an introduction reflecting on their own narrative strategies.

  • Tuesday evenings, February 19––March 29, 2019

  • 6:10–9pm

  • St. John’s Episcopal Church / 1707 Gouldin Road, Montclair, CA

  • $300 fee / $150 for students

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Rev. Earl Palmer Seminar

EPHESIANS - A First Century Book for Our 21st Century

The lecture is available here

This first century book is written from Rome (during imprisonment) to a group of people Paul knows well, having taught in Ephesus for at least three years. At its heart this letter is an affirmation of the transforming power of the love of God––its height, width, length and depth.

Join us in this New College Berkeley class. We will explore the text of Paul’s letter as well as the book of Acts narratives about his experiences in this city. Reverend Dr. Earl Palmer looks forward to our time together inside this 1st Century book that we will enjoy learning from in our century.

  • This seminar took place on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Thank you for joining us!

  • 9am–4pm

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

  • $50 (Please note: we have received such a good response! Please join us––however we regret to say that we cannot provide lunch for those who register from this point on)

Leading Edge Biblical Scholarship



This lecture took place on March 16, 2019.

Reverend Dr. Willie James Jennings, Associate Professor Systematic Theology & Africana Studies at Yale Divinity School

This lecture will explore how Christians should understand and respond to the racial antagonism of the western world. The racial problems of the western world emerged from Christian beginnings and we have a responsibility and an opportunity to address them through our life of faith.”

Learn more >


contemplative lenten retreat

with Susan Phillips, PhD

Stop and pay attention to God’s great love and truth, as expressed through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Join us for a morning of prayer, reflection, and readying ourselves to continue our great pilgrimage with Christ. For information on other spiritual formation communities visit our “Register now” page. Co-sponsored with First Pres Berkeley.

  • This retreat took place on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Thank you for joining us!

  • 9am––1pm

  • First Pres Berkeley, 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley / Geneva Hall Rooms G208 and G209

  • $35 fee / This covers materials and refreshments