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New College Berkeley Spring 2006


Integrating Classical Christian Wisdom into Daily Life   Evan Howard    Saturday, January 28 

9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Fellowship Hall, BerkeleyCovenantChurch, 1642 Hopkins St.    Cost: $40 (lunch not included)

This class will explore early Christian wisdom and practices that help us pay attention, as individuals and communities, to the movement of the Holy Spirit in the rhythms, gifts, and circumstances of our lives. From that attentiveness, we will create steps to help us order our lives toward greater faithfulness.

Evan Howard (Ph.D.) is the director of Spirituality Shoppe, an evangelical center for the study of Christian spirituality in Colorado. He teaches in several seminaries and is the author of Praying with Scripture and Affirming the Touch of God.


Contemplative Prayer Disciplines: Two Spring Retreats     Susan S. Phillips   

Saturdays, February 25 and April 22  9 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch not included) Co-sponsored by and held at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, Room G213 and Chapel, 2407 Dana St.  Cost: $25 (per half-day retreat)  Enrollment limited to 25 participants.  Participants may enroll in one or both retreats.

Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, and others have introduced many Protestants to prayer practices that have enriched the lives of the faithful from the earliest centuries of the Christian religion. These spring retreats focus on contemplative prayer disciplines to help us deepen our love for God and our desire to follow Jesus. We’ll learn and practice lectio divina (praying with Scripture) in February, and the Prayer of Examen (noting God’s presence in everyday life) in April.

Susan S. Phillips (Ph.D.) is executive director and professor of sociology and Christianity at New College Berkeley.  She is a spiritual director and (with Patricia Benner) edited The Crisis of Care.


So Great a Cloud of Witnesses: The Meaning and Ways of Encouragement for a Lonely Generation      Earl Palmer  Saturday, March 11  9 a.m.-4 p.m.   Sanctuary, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana St.      Cost: $50    ($90 per couple; $25 student)   (lunch included)

As Christian believers we are called to help people “keep the faith” and “fight the good fight.” We are also called to love others and to encourage them. Those goals are really the same, as we ourselves try to live out a faithful Christian lifestyle. We want people to discover God’s will for them, which happens best when we affirm what’s “going right” in their lives.  Join us in exploring New Testament teaching on encouragement as a gift to be received and shared.

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.


Out of the Salt Shaker and into the World Conference  Rebecca Manley Pippert

Friday evenings & Saturdays, March 17-18 & May 5-6  Held at and co-sponsored with First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana St. Cost: $50 ($90 couple, $25 student) for each two-day event  (lunch included)

($5 discount for early registration before February 17)   Participants may enroll for one or both weekends.

This two-day, two-part conference will focus on knowing Jesus Christ well and making him well known, through Biblical teaching, humor, prayer, and worship. March 17-18: The Ways and Words of Witness   The presentations will show how our witnessing style can flow naturally out of our relationships with others. May 5-6:  Tools for Outreach in Contemporary Culture   On Friday night, Rebecca Pippert will give a seeker-friendly talk.  On Saturday, a case will be made for seeker Bible studies as a powerful evangelistic tool.

Rebecca Manley Pippert (M.A.) is the author of Hope Has Its Reasons and Out of the Salt Shaker and into the World, a modern classic on evangelism that has sold more than half a million copies and has been translated into 25 languages.


Women: Empowered to Serve   Sharon Gallagher  Saturday April 1 

9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Room 7, The Faculty Club, U.C. Berkeley  Cost: $25 (lunch not included)

This seminar will look at the question of female leadership in the church.  We will discuss pertinent Biblical passages and consider what is known about key female leaders in the New Testament church. Then we’ll look at some women who’ve been exemplary leaders in the historty of the church. We’ll also discuss participants’ 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.


Just As I Am: Journal-Keeping for Spiritual Growth   Virginia Hearn  Saturday  April  29  

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Golden Hills Community Church, 2401 Shady Willow Lane, Brentwood Cost: $40 (lunch not included)

Self-discovery and spiritual understanding are the primary objectives of this innovative approach to journal-keeping. Amid the “tyranny of the urgent” we have little time to reflect on where we’ve been, what we’ve learned, and where we’re going. This popular workshop teaches people—with or without significant writing experience—how to make their personal journal a tool for insight, perspective, and spiritual motivation.

Virginia Hearn (B.A.), a professional editor, is NCB professor of communications and author of Just As I Am: Journal-Keeping

for Spiritual Growth.



NCB Seminars (Call NCB for locations)

Chris Corwin, Tuesday, February 28, 7 p.m. The Love of God: A Critical Aspect of Old Testament Theology

Chris Corwin (Ph.D.) is an adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary and Chabot College.

Sharon Gallagher, Tuesday, May 9,  7 p.m.  Soul Sisters: The Legacy of the Suffragettes

Sharon Gallagher (M.T.S.) is the author of Finding Faith: Life-changing Encounters with Christ.



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