New College Berkeley Spring
Para-Professional Counseling II Margaret
Alter, Peter Coster, Sandi Hedlund, Susan S. Phillips, Martha de
Laveaga Stewart, and Charles Wickstrand
Tuesdays, 7:10-9:40 p.m.,
beginning January 30 and ending May 8 Room 310, McKinley Hall, First
Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley Co-sponsored by FPCB’s Christian Lay Counseling Service Cost: $325 (one semester)
"Para-Professional Counseling II" is half
of a year-long, certificate-granting course designed to combine
practical counseling training with theory, integrating psychology,
Biblical theology, and spirituality. Participants will be prepared for
service in para-professional counseling programs in churches and
communities and will learn skills for use 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., LMFT) is NCB professor of psychology
and Christianity, and is 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. She chairs the NCB Board of Trustees. Susan S. Phillips
(Ph.D.) is the executive director of New College Berkeley, teaches
Christian spirituality at the GTU and other seminaries, and is a
spiritual director. She is the editor (with Patricia Benner) of The Crisis of Care. Charles Wickstrand (M.A., LMFT) maintains counseling practices in Oakland and Alameda. He supervises the FPCB lay counselors.
Prayer Retreat: Contemplative Prayer with Scripture Susan S. Phillips
Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Co-sponsored by New College Berkeley and First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley Held at FPCB, 2407 Dana, Room G213 and Chapel Cost: $25 (no lunch) This retreat is limited to a maximum of 25 participants.
“Holy reading” is a way of receiving
God’s word into one’s own heart and circumstances. This retreat will
invite prayerful immersion in Scripture, in the company of others who
can help us turn our life toward God. New College Berkeley
and First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley are offering this morning of
contemplative prayer and guidance in prayer, in lovely rooms (including
the chapel and prayer garden). Join us as we encounter God’s Word in
new and empowering ways.
NCB’s 3Oth Anniversary Weekend Earl Palmer
Faith in Everyday Life: The Ten
Commandments for Today’s Christian Saturday, March 17,
9 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Sanctuary, First Presbyterian Church Berkeley, 2407 Dana Street Cost: $50; $80 couple; $40 student (includes lunch)
Are you looking for more integration
of your faith into your daily life? Many Christians want to
develop a stronger relationship between Sunday morning worship and
their responsibilities the rest of the week. Please join us for this
landmark conference as Earl Palmer explores the New College Berkeley
mission—bringing Christians together to work out the relevance of their
faith to the struggles, issues, and questions of their contemporary
lives, roles, and responsibilities.
Earl Palmer (M. Div.) is senior pastor at University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, and the author of many books, including A Faith That Works, and The 24-Hour Christian.
holding a special anniversary supporters’ dinner with Earl Palmer on
Friday night, March 16. Please call NCB for more information.
Women: Empowered to Serve Sharon Gallagher
Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Parlor, Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801 Lacassie Ave. Cost: $25 (no lunch)
This seminar will focus on female
leadership in the church. We’ll discuss some of the pertinent Biblical
passages and look at the examples of key female leaders in the New
Testament and church history. There will also be time for feedback from
women and men about their own experiences in church leadership.
Sharon Gallagher (M.T.S.) is associate director and professor of Christianity and the media at New College Berkeley. She is also editor and film critic of Radix magazine.
Grace Under Fire: Films About Extraordinary Faithfulness Margaret Horwitz
Two Saturday seminars, May 5 and May 12, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Room #103, First Covenant Church of Oakland, 4000 Redwood Road Cost: $40 each seminar; $70 for both; students: $25 (no lunch) You may attend one or both events.
Contact NCB for information about GTU
academic credit. In this class we will look at cinematic
portrayals of remarkable charitable acts on behalf of the persecuted,
the neglected, and the poor, performed by individuals acting out of
their faith in God. Week One: Holocaust Rescuers: Films to be shown
include The Hiding Place, Visas and Virtue, Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness, and Weapons of the Spirit. Week Two: Advocacy for the Poor, Abandoned and Disenfranchised: Films to be shown include: Mother Teresa and Let the Church Say Amen.
Margaret McBride Horwitz (Ph.D.), an independent scholar with
a doctorate in Film Studies from UCLA, is visiting professor of
Christianity and literature at NCB.
NCB Seminars (Call NCB for locations)
Russell Yee, Wednesday, February 7, 7 p.m. The Search for Asian American Worship
Russell Yee (Ph.D.) is adjunct professor of worship and pastoral ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary in Northern California.
Bonnie Howe, Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m. Speaking about her book “Because You Bear This Name: Metaphor and the Moral Meaning of 1 Peter.”
Bonnie Howe (Ph.D.) is visiting NCB professor of New Testament studies and Christian ethics.
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