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Walking in Newness

Welcome to New College Berkeley's blog, "Walking in Newness." Each month a member of the NCB faculty will post a personal reflection on their life of faith. Read the current month post, "Silence" by Bonnie Howe, New College Berkeley's Visiting Professor of Ethics and Biblical Studies. 

The NCB trustees and all of us who serve this ministry are grateful and delighted to announce that New College Berkeley has received a three-year grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. as part of its "Campus Ministries Theological Exploration of Vocation” initiative! This funding allows us to expand our ministry to students and offer student scholarships to our programs. Please help us spread this good news to university students.


Fall 2016 events: 

Small Group Spiritual Direction  Fall 2016 - Spring 2017. Bay Area Location and Times: TBA Cost: $50/month, which may be paid in advance ($450, including non- refundable $50 deposit) (Note: space is limited, and must be reserved by 8/15/16.) Special groups for university students available for very low fees.

We will be offering monthly spiritual direction in a small group committed to a year of fellowship, contemplative listening, and prayer. The groups will be facilitated by trained spiritual directors under the supervision of Susan Phillips. There will be nine monthly two-hour meetings at Bay Area locations. Please call Susan Phillips (510-841-9386) or email her ( if you would like to participate. 
Register and pay here.

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius September 2016 - May 2017. The Exercises meet weekly for 30-weeks and offer a structure to daily living which elicits and encourages experiences of an ongoing relationship with God. The Exercises include learning to pray with our imaginations and enter into the stories of Jesus so they intersect with our lives. Groups will meet in Berkeley and Brentwood. Cost: $900 for the year. Register Berkeley location OR register Brentwood location.

Fall Credit Course: Writing Your Journey  (Thursday evenings,7:10-9:10, September 8 - December 4, located at the Pacific School of Religion, Mudd 104 with GTU academic credit available). Sharon Gallagher teaches this semester-long course in small-group format. Participants will be mentored in writing and in reading first-person non-fiction, viewing their lives as spiritual journeys. GTU and UCB students are encouraged to cross-register into this course through their schools. Register and Pay here.

Fall Vocational Forum for University Students: Considering Non-Traditional Vocations  

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 7-9 p.m., Mears Room, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. A conversation with Christian leaders in the non-profit sector. There will be time for discussion and interaction with the presenters. No charge to students.


A Contemplative Advent Retreat  (Saturday, December 3, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.) cosponsored with and held at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley. Rooms: G213 and G214. Cost: $25 (no lunch). Led by New College Berkeley Executive Director and spiritual director, Susan Phillips (Ph.D.). Join us this Advent. This will be a contemplative retreat with Scripture, prayer, and listening to one another. Register and pay here.



Note: We’ve gone green! We will not be mailing out copies of the NCB brochure and encourage you to register online for programs. We also invite you to view and print out NCB program and registration information. We will print out and mail brochures on request.




Fall 2016 Registration.


New Media . . .


An order form for the Earl Palmer CD on "C.S. Lewis in a Time of War" is available to download. Download the form.

Behold, the Tabernacle of God is with People: Sinai as Past and Future Hope, Hiermonk Justin Sinaites

DVDs available, Two-Part Set



 For more information about ongoing classes/seminars, please contact us at  Click HERE to register for an upcoming class.


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Of Interest . . .



The Cultivated Life by Susan S. PhillipsServing God's Community: Essays in Honor of W. Ward Gasque     Edited by Susan Phillips with Soo-Inn Tan


This Festschrift was presented to Dr. Gasque, the founding president of New College Berkeley, to honor him for his contribution to the cause of Christ, and with the hope that the things he has been committed to—biblical scholarship, leadership development, and the equipping of the laity—will continue to receive fresh exposure and momentum.



The Cultivated Life by Susan S. PhillipsNew College Berkeley director Susan Phillips walks us through the "circus" of our cultural landscape to invite us into a cultivated life of spirituality. We want to be rooted and grounded in Christ, but are pushed toward constant work, alternating between performance and spectacle. Cultivation requires a kind of attentiveness that is countercultural to our age of distraction. More info and places to purchase online.


Books will be available at the July book signing event at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. (More information to follow.)




Candlelight, Spiritual DirectionNCB Executive Director Susan Phillips'  book Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction offers an intimate view of spiritual direction through written narratives of actual spiritual direction sessions. The experiential practice is accompanied by theoretical and theological understandings that guide it. The book includes the stories of nine men and women whose stories illustrate how the journey of Christian discipleship is helped by spiritual direction. More info and places to purchase online.



 where=Where Faith Meets Culture: A Radix Magazine Anthology, is newly published. The book, edited by NCB Associate Director Sharon Gallagher, features articles by these distinguished writers: Peggy Alter, Kurt Armstrong, Robert Bellah, Bob Buford, Krista Faries, David and Susan Fetcho, Sharon Gallagher, David Gill, Joel B. Green, Os Guinness, Virginia Hearn, Walter Hearn, Don Heinz, Margaret Horwitz, Mark Labberton, Henri Nouwen, Dan Ouellette, Earl Palmer, Susan Phillips, Steve Scott, and Luci Shaw. You can order the anthology for $20.00 by sending a check to: Radix magazine, P.O. Box 4307, Berkeley, CA 94704.


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