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Spring 2009

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Para-Professional Counseling II
Margaret Alter, Peter Coster, Sandi Hedlund, Susan S. Phillips, Martha de Laveaga Stewart, and Charles Wickstrand
Tuesdays, 7:00-9:30 p.m., February 3–May 19
Room 310, McKinley Hall, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley

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 II is designed to combine practical counseling training with theory, integrating psychology, biblical theology, and spirituality. Participants will be prepared for service in paraprofessional counseling programs in churches and communities, and will learn skills for use with family, friends, and in professional relationships, especially those of ministry. Counseling professionals will gain theological integration for practice. 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.

Biblical Hebrew Study Group II (with emphasis on the Psalms)
Chris Corwin
Thursdays, 7:00-9:30 p.m., February 5–May 21
Room G205,  First Presbyterian Church Berkeley, 2407 Dana St., Berkeley
Cost: $100 (one semester) Co-sponsored with and held at First Presbyterian Church Berkeley. The course is limited to students who have taken Hebrew Study Group I.

Learn Biblical Hebrew by reading and listening to the Psalms. Utilizing linguistically proven techniques, this class will focus on basic grammar and vocabulary building, enabling a lifetime of reading Scriptures in Hebrew. As we learn Hebrew, we’ll develop a deeper understanding of the poetic nature of the book of Psalms, enriching its impact for personal and corporate worship and spirituality.

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

Jane Austen's Prayers:  Repentance in Her Written Prayers, in Her Novels, and in Their Recent Film Adaptations
Margaret Horwitz
Saturday, March 14, 9:00 a.m.-
Room 103, First Covenant Church of Oakland
4000 Redwood Road, Oakland
Cost: $25

Repentance and forgiveness are important motifs in Austen's work.  This class will look at the source of their significance in her Christian faith, exemplified by the prayers she composed, and illustrated in her novels and their film versions.

Margaret McBride Horwitz (Ph.D.) is an independent scholar with a doctorate in film studies from UCLA and visiting professor of Christianity and Literature at New College Berkeley.

Lenten Retreat: Contemplative Prayer with Scripture
Susan S. Phillips
Saturday, March 28 , 9:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Room G213 and Chapel, First Presbyterian Church Berkeley, 2407 Dana St., Berkeley
Co-sponsored with and held at First Presbyterian Church Berkeley
Cost: $25

Retreat, refresh, rest, reflect, repent, remember, and renew.  Step back from the usual rush of life’s demands in order to see yourself and God more clearly. Lent is a time of slowing our pace to remember Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, God's amazing grace for our souls and the world. Again and again, we open our hearts to receive this gift.

The Songs of the Book of Revelation
Earl Palmer
Saturday, April 25, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sanctuary, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana St., Berkeley
Cost: $50 ($90 per couple; $35 student)—includes lunch

The book of Revelation contains a series of grand chorales (celebrated by Handel  in the “Hallelujah” chorus). Revelation has many themes but its central message is that although there is great evil, the Lamb of God is the Lord of history, and we should not be afraid. The last book of the Bible is not an escapist book but a book against fear.

Earl Palmer (M.Div.)  is author of many books, including A Faith That Works. He is head of Earl Palmer ministries.


Women Empowered to Serve
Sharon Gallagher
Saturday, May 16, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Fireside Room, Berkeley Covenant Church, 1632 Hopkins, Berkeley
Cost: $25.00

This seminar will focus on female leadership in the church.  We'll discuss some of the pertinent biblical passages and look at the example of key female leaders in the New Testament. 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.


NCB Seminars (Call NCB for locations)

Raymond Yee: Speculations about the Future of the Web
Wednesday, February 4, 7:00 p.m.
Raymond Yee (Ph.D.) is author of Pro Web 2.0 Mashups: Remixing Data and Web Services (The Expert's Voice in Web Development).

Clay Radke: The Greening of Evangelical Christendom:
How Green Should We Be?
Wednesday, May 27, 7:00 p.m.
Clay Radke (Ph.D.) is professor of chemical engineering at U.C. Berkeley. He has been a National Science Foundation Overseas Postdoctoral Fellow.

For Locations: Call NCB at (510) 841-9386.

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