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Fall 2009

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The following classes are no longer open to registration:

Advent Retreat: Anticipating Christ's Coming
Susan Phillips
Saturday, December 12, 2009, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $25
Cosponsored with and at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana St., Berkeley, Rooms G208 and G213. (enrollment limited to 25)

The Psalmist yearned for God, writing: "As the deer pants for streams of water , so my soul pants for you, O God" (Ps. 42:1). Do you yearn for God as intensely as you thirst for water? Or is your thirst for God obscured by other desires, disappointment, or distractions? Advent offers an opportunity to make space in the "mangers" of our lives for the God who is always coming to us, seeking our attention and devotion, and offering us new life. Enter Advent before facing the onslaught of the culture's Christmas. Join us for a morning spent in the refreshing streams of contemplative prayer.

Susan S. Phillips (Ph.D.) is executive director of New College Berkeley, teaches Christian spirituality at the GTU and other seminaries, and is a spiritual director. She is the author of “Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction.”


Para-Professional Counseling I

Margaret Alter, Peter Coster, Sandi Hedlund, Susan S. Phillips and Charles Wickstrand
Tuesdays, 7:00-9:30 p.m. (9-9:30, personal work), beginning September 8 and ending December 15
Room 310, McKinley Hall, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley
. Completed registrations and tuition paid in full by August 8, 2009.

Cost: $325 (one semester) Co-sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley's Christian Lay Counseling Service.  Contact NCB for information about GTU academic credit and/or MFT and LCSW CEUs.

Para-professional Counseling I combines practical counseling training with theory which integrates psychology, biblical theology, and spirituality. Participants will be prepared for service in paraprofessional counseling programs in churches and communities, as well as learn skills for use with family, friends, and in professional relationships, especially those of ministry. Counseling professionals will gain theological integration for practice (MFT CEUs). The course will be taught collaboratively by licensed counseling professionals and scholars.

Margaret Alter (M.Div., Ph.D., LMFT) is NCB professor of Psychology and Christianity and a licensed marriage and family counselor in private practice in Berkeley. Her most recent book is "Resurrection Psychology."
Peter Coster (M.Div., M.A., Ph.D., LMFT) is a psychotherapist in private practice in Berkeley and Sonoma.  He is a clinical supervisor for graduate level trainees in psychology at John F. Kennedy University.
Sandi Hedlund  (M.A., LMFT) 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., LMFT) is a licensed therapist and maintains a private practice in Orinda.
Susan S. Phillips (Ph.D.) is the executive director of New College Berkeley, teaches Christian spirituality in the GTU and other seminaries, and is a spiritual director. She is the author of "Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction."
Charles Wickstrand (M.A., LMFT) maintains counseling practices in Oakland and Alameda. He supervises the FPCB lay counselors.

Writing Your Journey
Sharon Gallagher
Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m., beginning September 16 and ending December 9
Mudd 103, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley (GTU academic credit available.)
Cost: $220 Student: $110 (space limited)

This will be a semester-long course in a small group format. Participants will be mentored in writing and reading first-person non-fiction, viewing their lives as a spiritual journey. We will be looking to the world around us, to the guidance of Scripture, and into our hearts and minds to better understand our life experiences.

Sharon Gallagher (M.T.S.) is New College Berkeley associate director and editor of "Radix" magazine, and has nurtured many writers over the years. She is author of “Finding Faith: Life-Changing Encounters with Christ.”

Biblical Hebrew Study Group I (with emphasis on the Psalms)
Chris Corwin
Thursdays, 7:00-9:30 p.m., beginning September 10 and ending December 17
Room G205,  First Presbyterian Church Berkeley, 2407 Dana St., Berkeley. (GTU academic credit available.)
Cost: $100 (one semester) Co-sponsored with and held at First Presbyterian Church Berkeley. 

This class will focus on basic grammar and vocabulary building, enabling a lifetime of reading Scripture in Hebrew. This is the first part of a two semester class with the goal of reading and listening to the Psalms in the second semester. No prior Hebrew is needed. As we learn Hebrew, we’ll develop a deeper understanding of the poetic nature of the book of Psalms, enriching the book’s impact for our personal and corporate worship and spirituality.

Chris Corwin (Ph.D.) is an adjunct professor at Chabot College and New College Berkeley. His doctoral work emphasized the Hebrew Scriptures with special emphasis on the Psalms.

Group Spiritual Direction
Susan S. Phillips
Fall 2009, Bay Area locations and times: TBA. Completed registrations and tuition paid in full by August 1, 2009.
Cost: $50/month, which may be paid in advance ($450, including the $50 deposit; space limited).

We will be offering an opportunity for monthly spiritual direction in a small group committed to a year of fellowship, contemplative listening, and prayer. The groups will be facilitated by trained spiritual directors under the supervision of Susan Phillips. There will be nine monthly two-hour meetings at four Bay Area locations. Please call Susan Phillips (510.841.9386) or email her if you are interested in participating.

Scripture Study for Spiritual Growth
Bonnie Howe
Two Saturday Seminars: October 3 and October 10, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Mudd 101, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley (GTU academic credit available.)
Cost: $150

Teaching people how to read the Bible between Sundays is key to cultivating spiritual growth. In this course for biblically hungry Christians, Bible study leaders, ministers, and seminarians, Dr. Howe will explore ways to teach others how to read the Bible for growth in their spiritual lives.

Bonnie Howe (Ph.D.) is visiting NCB professor of New Testament Studies and Christian Ethics. She is the author of “Because You Bear This Name: Conceptual Metaphor and the Moral Meaning of 1 Peter.”

Global Conference: Generosity in a World of Scarcity
Caesar Molebatsi, Zac and Theodore Niringiye, and Elizabeth Sendek
Friday–Sunday, October 16-18, cosponsored with and held at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley Sanctuary, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana St., Berkeley Registration through FPCB Global Church Conference page.

Many Christians around the world who suffer greatly and possess little, live with joy and demonstrate generosity. Meanwhile, others who have much experience an acute shortage of joy and hold things tightly. Christian leaders from the Majority World will help us understand, engage with, and respond to these realities as an expression of following Jesus Christ.

Caesar Molebatsi (M.A.) is a long-standing champion for social justice in South Africa.Zac Niringiye (Ph.D.) and Theodora Niringiye counsel Ugandans, advise startup businesses, and nurture evangelistic effort.
Elizabeth Sendek (M.A.), a New College Berkeley Graduate, teaches at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia in Medellin.

A Christian Writers’ Conference and Evening Presentation
Philip Yancey
Friday, November 20, 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 21, 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
Co-sponsored with Radix magazine and held at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana St., Berkeley
Cost: Friday night Yancey presentation, $15; Radix reception and art auction, $10; Saturday writers’ conference, $25

The conference will start with a Friday night presentation by Philip Yancey which will be open to those enrolling in the conference as well as to the general Christian community. On Saturday Yancey will be the morning keynote speaker for the conference, which will include other presenters. We will also be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Radix magazine with a reception and art auction on Friday night after the presentation.

Philip Yancey is the author of many books including, “The Jesus I Never Knew,” “Reaching for the Invisible God,” “Rumors of Another World,” “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” and “Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?”

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