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Fall 2007 


Para-Professional Counseling

Margaret Alter, Peter Coster, Sandi Hedlund, Susan S. Phillips, Martha de Laveaga Stewart, and Charles Wickstrand

Tuesdays, 7:10 p.m.-9:40 p.m., beginning September 4 and ending December 11

Room 310, McKinley Hall, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley Co-sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley's Christian Lay Counseling Service

Cost: $325 (one semester).  Enrollment limited to 30 participants.

This course is the first half of a year-long, certificate-granting course designed to combine practical counseling training with theory, integrating psychology, biblical theology, and spirituality. Participants will learn skills for use with para-professional counseling programs and with family, friends, and in professional relationships, especially those of ministry. Contact NCB for information about GTU academic credit and/or MFT and LCSW CEUs.

Margaret Alter (M.Div., Ph.D., L.M.F.T.) is NCB professor of psychology and Christianity and a licensed marriage and family counselor in private practice in Berkeley. She is the author of "Resurrection Psychology." Peter Coster (M.Div., M.A., Ph.D., L.M.F.T.) is a psychotherapist in private practice in Berkeley and Sonoma. He is also a clinical supervisor for graduate level trainees in psychology at John F. Kennedy University. Sandi Hedlund (M.A., L.M.F.T.) is the director of Lay Counseling Services at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, and a therapist in private practice in Berkeley. Martha de Laveaga Stewart (M.S., L.M.F.T.) is a licensed therapist and maintains a private practice in Orinda. Currently, she is chair of the NCB board of trustees. Susan S. Phillips (Ph.D.) is the executive director of New College Berkeley. She teaches Christian spirituality at the GTU and for other seminaries, and is a spiritual director. She is the co-editor of "The Crisis of Care." Charles Wickstrand (M.A., L.M.F.T.) maintains counseling practices in Oakland and Alameda. He supervises the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley’s lay counselors.


Theology of Hebrew Scriptures  Chris Corwin

Monday evenings, 7:10-9:40 p.m., beginning September 10 and ending December 17

Contact NCB via email or phone us at (510) 841-9386 for location. Cost : $325 (one semester) (Contact NCB for information about Graduate Theological Union academic credit)

The First Testament (also known as the Hebrew scriptures and the Old Testament) is a fascinating collection of writings with a complex historical development, containing many passages that raise difficult questions. How to evaluate it as a whole is an exciting area of modern scholarship. In this seminar we will look, first, at some of the classic treatments of Old Testament theology which focus on the unity of the Hebrew scriptures. Then we will utilize a new approach that combines an awareness of the ancient arrangement of the Hebrew Scriptures with a literary reading, with special attention to texts which function as creedal. This approach includes historical, literary, and canonical considerations and will be of interest to students with different levels of familiarity with and interest in the various areas of biblical scholarship.

Chris Corwin (Ph.D.) is an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary and Chabot College. His doctoral work emphasized the Hebrew scriptures, with special emphasis on the Psalms.


A Prayer Retreat  Susan S. Phillips

Saturday, October 20 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Co-sponsored by New College Berkeley and First Presbyterian Church, Berkeley, at FPCB, 2407 Dana Street, Room G213 and Chapel Cost: $25 Enrollment limited to 25 participants.

Prayer is central to Christian life, and Scripture exhorts us to pray without ceasing. How central is it, really, in our day-to-day life? How free do we feel to be honest about our prayer life? How do we, like trees toward the sun, orient toward God in such a way that we extend ourselves gracefully in the world? Susan Phillips, professor of spirituality and a spiritual director, will lead us in a morning of reflection on and participation in Christian prayer.


HIV and the Heart of God: Hearing the Church in the Majority World

Ehab El-Kharrat, Stella Kasirye, Philippa Musoke, Pax Tan Chiow Lian, Mathew Santhosh Thomas

October 26-28 (begins 7 p.m., Friday; concludes on Sunday evening) Co-sponsored with and held at First Presbyterian Church, Berkeley, 2407 Dana Street
For cost and registration information please go to the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley web site.

October 26-28 (begins 7 p.m. Friday; concludes on Sunday evening) Co-sponsored with and held at First Presbyterian Church, Berkeley, 2407 Dana Street Cost: Regular registration: $75; Early Registration (before October 1): $50; Student: $20 To register go to ><HIV and the Heart of God: Hearing the Church in the Majority World The Church has AIDS. Around the world, and especially in Africa and Asia, the Body of Christ is HIV+. Thousands of infants, children, teenagers, and adults are stricken. Thousands more are orphaned or widowed because of HIV and AIDS. Outside the church many thousands more suffer. The heart of God breaks over such pain. This conference will offer the chance to hear remarkable brothers and sisters in Christ from Africa and Asia bear witness to the presence of God in the midst of the crisis that is HIV/AIDS.

Ehab El-Kharrat (M.D., Ph.D.) is a psychiatrist and leading spokesman on rehabilitation, awareness, training and HIV/AIDS prevention and counseling. Stella Kasirye (M.A.) is the Africa Representative for Willow Creek Community Church, Global Connections Unit. Philippa Musoke (M.D.) is a board-certified Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Pax Tan Chiow Lian (Dip.A.S.) is Senior Director, Malaysian Care–Prison, Drugs, and AIDS. Mathew Santhosh Thomas (M.D.) is Director, Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA). North India


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