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Fall 2014 Programs


  The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius
Susan S. Phillips and Jill Boyce
September 17, 2014 - May 20, 2015
First Presbyterian Church Berkeley, Room:TBA

Cost: $900 for 30 weeks
Note: Partial scholarships available for members of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. 

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 Exercises are often associated with a 30 day retreat. However, this is a thirty-week format for those who cannot take a month away from their busy lives.

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

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    Writing Your Journey
Sharon Gallagher
Thursdays, 7:10-9:10 p.m., September 4-December 11,
cosponsored with First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana Street, Room: TBA
(GTU academic credit available)

Cost: $280 Student: $140

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

Sharon Gallagher (M.T.S.) is New College Berkeley associate director and the editor of Radix magazine. She is the author of Finding Faith: Life-Changing Encounters with Christ.

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    What Makes a Bible Translation Good?
Richard Rhodes 
Wednesday, 7 p.m., November 14, Berkeley Covenant Church,1632 Hopkins, Fireside Room

Cost: No fee

Richard Rhodes, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Linguistics will discuss theories of Biblical translation and which translations are most helpful.

Richard Rhodes (Ph.D.) is an associate professor in Linguistics at UC Berkeley. 

    Small Group Spiritual Direction
Supervised by Susan Phillips
Fall 2014–Spring 2015. Bay Area locations and
times: TBA
Cost: $50/month, which may be paid in advance ($450, including non-refundable $50 deposit)

(Note: space is limited, and must be reserved by August 15th)

We will be offering 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 Bay Area locations. Please call Susan Phillips (510-841-9386) or email her ( if you would like to participate.

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    Advent Prayer Retreat
Susan S. Phillips

Saturday, 9:00 a.m‑1p.m. December 13, Cosponsored with and held at First Presbyterian Church Berkeley, 2407 Dana, G208 and G209.
Cost: $25 (enrollment limited)

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Email NCB for more information, or call us at 510.841.9386

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