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Spring 2012 Programs

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Biblical Hebrew Study Group II (with emphasis on the Psalms)
Chris Corwin
Thursdays, 7:00-9:30 p.m., February 2–May 17
Room G205,  First Presbyterian Church Berkeley, 2407 Dana St., Berkeley
Cost: $280; Student: $140. (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. (GTU academic credit available)

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. There will be an exam for credit students.

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.

Poetry and Prayer (Cancelled)
Marilyn McEntyre
Two Saturdays, February 11 and 18, 9:00-4:00 p.m., Mudd 102,
Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, Cost: $25

We will consider how poetry can prepare the ground for a richer prayer life, how poetry and prayer converge, what we can learn from poems that are prayers, and how a thoughtful approach to language can enrich both our prayer and participation in public conversation. The course will include writing as well as reading and reflecting on poems.

Marilyn McEntyre (Ph.D.) has taught courses integrating literature and spirituality at WestmontCollege, Princeton Seminary, Fuller Seminary, and Regent College. Her most recent book is Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies.


Contemplative Prayer Retreat -- Examining Our Lives in Lent

Susan S. Phillips
Saturday, March 10, 9:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Room G206 and Chapel, First Presbyterian Church Berkeley, 2407 Dana St., Berkeley
Co-sponsored with and held at First Presbyterian Church Berkeley (the retreat is limited to a maximum of 25 participants)
Cost: $25 (lunch not included)

The word Lent is related to cognates meaning long and slow. How do you slow down and experience this holy season. “Holy reading” is a way of tasting, seeing, absorbing, and metabolizing God’s Word. This retreat will invite prayerful immersion in Scripture.

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


Becoming A Christian: My Heart Christ’s Home, a Tribute to Robert Munger
Earl Palmer
A Kindling Muse Podcast, with Dick Staub
Friday night, March 16, 7:00 p.m.,

Co-sponsored with and held at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley; sanctuary (corner of Dana and Channing). No cost.


The Last Book of St. Paul: II Timothy
Earl Palmer
Saturday, March 17, 9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m..
Co-sponsored with and held at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley; sanctuary (corner of Dana and Channing).

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This remarkable letter gives us a chance to learn from St. Paul near the close of his ministry. Its discipleship and teaching about ministry have vital relevance for our present understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Its themes of encouragement resonate for our generation just as they gave courage to first-century believers.

Earl Palmer (M.Div.) is author of many books, including A Faith That Works and Trusting God: Christian Faith in a World of Uncertainty.He directs Earl Palmer Ministries.


Jane Austen's Emma: Spiritual Transformation in the Novel and Its Recent Adaptations

Margaret Horwitz
Saturday, April 28, 9:00 a.m.-
Room 103, First Covenant Church of Oakland
4000 Redwood Road, Oakland
Cost: $25

In Emma, as in other Austen novels, characters discover their self-deception and then experience deep remorse. Join us as we look at Christian concepts of confession and reconciliation in Emma, currently considered Austen's finest work, and of a story told with humor, suspense, and insight.This presentation will also explore the well-known 1996 feature film version and the beautifully photographed 2009 BBC mini-series, showing DVD clips.

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.

Women Empowered to Serve
Sharon Gallagher
Saturday, May 5, 2011, 9:00 a.m. - noon
Fireside Room, Berkeley Covenant Church, 1632 Hopkins, Berkeley
Cost: $25.00

This seminar will raise questions about female leadership in the church. What can we learn from the way Jesus treated women? Does Paul really teach the subjugation of women? We'll discuss pertinent biblical passages and look at the example of key female leaders in the New Testament.

Sharon Gallagher (M.T.S.) is associate director and professor of Christianity and the media at New College Berkeley.  She is also editor of Radix magazine and recently edited Where Faith Meets Culture: A Radix Anthology.


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