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Spring 2013 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 7–May 16
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. This 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
Marilyn McEntyre
Two Saturdays, February 9 and 16, 9:00-4:00 p.m., Room 101,
Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, (space limited) (GTU academic credit available) Cost: $150; Student: $80 

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. She is the author of Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies and other books.

Lenten Retreat -- Abide, Watch and Pray
Susan S. Phillips
Saturday, March 9, 9:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Room G208 and G213, First Presbyterian Church Berkeley, 2407 Dana St., Berkeley
Co-sponsored with and held at First Presbyterian Church Berkeley (enrollment limited to 25)
Cost: $25 (lunch not included)

In Gethsemane, Jesus asked his disciples to stay with him, watch, and pray. How hard it is to do that in frightening circumstances and conditions of suffering. Yet those movements are foundational to our lives of devotion, sanctification, and discipleship. Join us for a contemplative retreat of stopping, watching, and praying in this season of Lent.

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

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice in Its Bicentennial Year: The Novel and Its Adaptations
Margaret Horwitz
Saturday, March 16, 9:00 a.m.-
Room 103, First Covenant Church of Oakland
4000 Redwood Road, Oakland
Cost: $25

In celebrating the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice we will consider why Jane Austen's most famous novel, adapted numerous times for both film and television productions, has such enduring and universal appeal. This presentation which includes DVD clips will pay special attention to Austen's Christian perspective, and explore how much of it is retained in the film and television versions of this beloved book.

Margaret Horwitz (Ph.D.) is visiting professor of Christianity and Literature at New College Berkeley, has a doctorate in Film and Television Studies, and was a traveling lecturer for the Jane Austen Society of North America (2008-09).


Worship on the Way: Exploring Christian Worship in Cultural Context
Russell Yee
Three Saturdays, April 6, 13, and 20 9:00-4:00 p.m.
Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Rd., Berkeley; Room: 113 (space limited) (GTU academic credit available)
Cost: $200 Student: $140 (does not include lunch)

How might we better understand ourselves in relation to the Sunday worship practices of our churches? How might we grow as worshipers? We'll explore different Christian worship traditions, their relation to majority and minority cultures, personality types, generational differences, and matters of theology and spirituality as they shape our lives as worshippers.

Russell Yee (Ph.D.) is the author of Worship on the Way. An American Baptist minister, he has taught at Fuller Seminary Northern California, the American Baptist Seminary of the West, and other seminaries.


Celtic Spirituality Retreat
Sharon Gallagher
Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Walnut Creek (private home, address given upon registration); Cost: $25 (does not include lunch)

Celtic Christianity presents a Christ-centered model for wholeness in our theology and our experience of God. The prayers and songs of these ancient Christians invite God to enter and transform their daily lives. It’s a spirituality that’s both down to earth and imaginative—with the ability to see the glory in creation as a revelation of God.

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


Touchstone of Reality: C. S. Lewis as Friend and Mentor for Today
Earl Palmer
Saturday, May 18, 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).

Cost: $50 Couple: $90 Student: $35 (includes lunch)

Through his prolific writing, C. S. Lewis has mentored many of us in faith and may feel like a friend we wish we knew. In this seminar we'll look at his stories, letters, essays, and books and how they can continue to influence our Christian understanding.

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.


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