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Summer Institute 2008


Linking Arms, Linking Lives

How Urban/Suburban Partnership Can Transform Communities

Al Tizon  

Saturday, May 31, 9 a.m.-12 noon

Berkeley Covenant Church, Fellowship Hall, 1632 Hopkins Street  
Cost: $25


Observers of the American evangelical church are growing increasingly aware of the urban and suburban complexities that further divide an already divided church. In addition to divisions between male/female, younger/older, black/white, richer/poorer, Republican/Democratic (and so on), we recognize the urban and suburban. This seminar tries to see beyond those stereotypes and make a case for partnership that crosses the urban/suburban divide for more effective ministry.


Al Tizon (Ph.D.) is assistant professor of evangelism and holistic ministry at Palmer Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.



The Schaeffer Legacy: The Lasting Impact of Francis Schaeffer,

L’Abri Fellowship, and Frank Schaeffer

Sharon Gallagher

Saturday, June 14, 7 p.m.

Call for location.
No cost (free-will offering)


Many of us have been helped by the ministry of Francis Schaeffer through his books,  lectures, and the L’Abri Fellowship. In this evening's conversation we'll consider Schaeffer’s continuing legacy, his contribution to the creation of a Christian world-view, and his innovative approach to apologetics (for example, in Escape From Reason and The God Who Is There). We’ll also look at the lasting impact that Whatever Happened to the Human Race? has had on American politics, especially in light of his son Frank Schaeffer’s controversial new book, Crazy for God.


Sharon Gallagher (M.T.S.) is associate director and professor of Christianity and the

media at New College Berkeley and editor of Radix magazine.



Music and the Christian Imagination

Frank La Rocca

Saturday June 28, 7 p.m.
Cosponsored with and at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, Sanctuary

Cost: $10


Composer Frank La Rocca’s recent creative work and research focus on the embodiment of sacred symbolism in musical texts. We’ll look at how musical symbolism in the work of J. S. Bach and others is derived from, and inspired by, incarnational theology. The presentation will feature a brief explanation of pitch organization (melody and harmony) and the structuring of time in Western music, followed by illustrations of musical symbolism through score samples, sound recordings, and Flash animation.


Frank La Rocca (Ph.D.) is chair of the music department at CSU East BayHayward campus. His music is published by Boosey & Hawkes and Walton Music.



A New Look at the Dead Sea Scrolls

Chris Corwin

Saturday, July 12, 7 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, Room G206, 2407 Dana Street

No cost (free-will offering)


The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls was probably the single most important archaeological find of the 20th century. What do the Scrolls actually say? 

How do they relate to our knowledge of the Bible? Join us for a lecture and conversation on some of the exciting aspects of those Qumran discoveries. We invite you to attend this discussion, before or after (or in place of) seeing the Scrolls exhibit at the Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco through Aug. 10, 2008.


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



Body and Soul Retreat:

A Morning of Dance, Movement, and Reflection (for women)

Susan Fetcho

Saturday, July 26, 9 a.m.–12 noon

Pacific Lutheran Seminary, Great Hall, 2770 Marin Avenue, Berkeley

Cost: $25


During this morning retreat we will explore movement as a mode of meditation and prayer that can deepen the relationship between our body, mind, and spirit. Retreat leader Susan Fetcho has a passion for helping others of all ages experience movement as a birthright and gift. No previous movement experience along these lines is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing so you can move freely. 


Susan English Fetcho is a performer, choreographer, and videographer. She is artist-in-residence at New College Berkeley.

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