Fall Kickoff BBQ & Potluck: Sunday September 17, 2017 3pm-6pm

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Please plan on joining us for our Fall Welcome Back BBQ & Potluck – Sunday afternoon 3pm-6pm September 17, 2017 at the O’Brien’s. This is a family event, and we’ll have some childcare helpers on hand so you can bring kids and still enjoy adult interaction!

Please contact us for the location and additional details. 

 

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Talks at Google: Tim Keller speaking on “Making Sense of God – An Invitation to the Skeptical”

 

In October 2016, Tim Keller visited Google’s Mountain View, CA, headquarters to discuss his book, “Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical” as part of the Authors@Google series. 

He lays out his case in the first 35 minutes, followed by 20 minutes or so of Q&A.

In his trademark accessible prose, Dr. Keller invites those who have dismissed Christianity as irrelevant to reconsider. As the founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, Dr. Keller has spent decades engaging with skeptics of all persuasions, from the hostile to the hopeful, in personal conversations, sermons, and books.

 

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Gratitude: Faculty Appreciation Dinner

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Earlier this Spring, students involved with Cru and Epic – two Cal Poly student campus ministries – hosted a Faculty Appreciation Dinner. Similar to previous years, it was a chance for students to thank, honor, and get to know their professors.

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And it really happened. Students and faculty were engaged in lively conversation around each table, many groups stuck around for 30 minutes or more afterwards, talking or taking photos at a photo booth (new for this year).

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Here are few thoughts from students that invited their professors: “This was a such an awesome night. It was so well organized and I really think it meant a lot to my professor, which is huge because up until now he definitely has had a negative view of Christianity. I just wish I had invited a professor to this all four years!” Erin (Senior, Biological Sciences)

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“My professor loved the appreciation dinner. As we talked around the table, it was cool to see how open he was to share about his life. This event really opened opportunity for further conversation I don’t think would have possible otherwise. Thanks!” Michael (Freshman, Mech Engineering)

“My professor is a Christian but is honestly not connected with other believers on campus. After the dinner he said he’d like to get more involved with Cru’s faculty ministry next year.” Kyle (Senior, English)

 

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A Grander Story

A Grander StoryWhat would it look like to live as part of God’s grander story?

A Grander Story: An Invitation to Christian Professors answers this question by providing a biblical understanding of a professor’s identity in Christ and unique calling to Christian scholarship, teaching, and department life.

By showcasing a theology of the grander story, six faculty narratives, resources, and discussion questions along the way, A Grander Story both inspires and equips Christian faculty to think differently about their lives and work.

“This book is a celebration of our high calling as Christ followers on the university campus … Read this book to be uplifted, to find your place in God’s grand story, to know you are not alone, to integrate your faith and your work, and to be equipped for ministry. Then give a copy to every Christian professor you know.” Charles M.C. Lee Professor of Management Graduate School of Business Stanford University

A Grander Story focuses on the particular challenges for Christians who find their vocation in contemporary academic life. It brings the insights of professors who have been faithful disciples in living out their callings to scholarship and teaching. The book will certainly be valuable to those who are already well into their careers, but it will be a special blessing to those who are just starting out in academic life.” Robert P. George McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence Princeton University

Additional quotes and endorsements can be found here.

Several Christian members will be meeting every third week beginning Spring Quarter to begin discussing the book. Please contact us if you’d like to be in one of these G-3 groups (meeting at various times) or would like to receive a complimentary copy of the book. Or, if you’d prefer, A Grander Story is also available for purchase online here

 

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What’s Your Story?

Last week, a group of students put up a group of different photos in front of the UU with the simple question: “What’s Your Story?”

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The photos underneath the question are from a collection called “Solarium” – designed to start spiritual conversations using images and questions. 

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Depending on their interest, students who stopped by were asked:

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  • what image or images represent your life right now?

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  • what image or images represent what you’d like your life to look like in the future?

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  • what image or images represent your spiritual life?

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  • what image or images represent how you view God?

Some students were just curious about the photos. Others were in talking about their spiritual background. 

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That same afternoon, President Jeff Armstrong was walking by and stopped to have a look. 

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Students enjoyed talking with him, and explaining the purpose of the outreach. 

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He was curious about where the photos came from (designed by the ministry in New York City ) and the student group sponsoring the event (Cru). 

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Afterwards, a student pulled out his phone and asked if he could get a phone. President Armstrong was a good sport and was glad to oblige. 

Copies of Solarium are available online. Or, if you’d a packet – or just a few of the photos to put up in your office to spark conversation – let us know. 

 

 

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“A Common Call” conference 4/8/17

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Please consider joining us Saturday April 8, 2017 in Palo Alto for A Common Call. Registration and more information can be found here

We’ll hear from Christian professors who have honored Christ in their teaching, research, and service, explore with other Christian professors our common call to the university and the world, network with colleagues from other universities, and share ideas for effective ministry.

Here are a few thoughts from some Cal Poly faculty members that attended the A Common Call conference here in San Luis Obispo last Spring:

“Just like our students glean so much from us as faculty, I learned from and was so encouraged by the mature Christian faculty who shared their experiences and ideas at the A Common Call conference. It was a rich experience for me.” David Janzen – Computer Science

“The conference was outstanding; it was encouraging to hear how other earnest followers of Jesus are translating his Commission into their teaching and advising. I got fresh ideas and had the opportunity to pass along what I’ve learned to others as well.” Mike Winn – Communication Studies

A Common Call provided an excellent opportunity for faculty to get together and share our experiences with living for Christ on secular campuses. I gained some valuable insights on how to serve others and let God do His work through me. ” Rich Savage – Biomedical Engineering

“How do we faithfully live out our faith within the university environment? We work in places where diversity and inquiry are valued and yet some of us tread carefully. We want to frame our witness appropriately, faithfully honoring our employment while also looking for the places where God would have us love in extraordinary ways for the Gospel’s sake. A Common Call is a wonderful way to connect with others who share this calling. I left encouraged and inspired about my role as a Christian called to the secular university classroom.” Cal Stevens – Management, HR & Information Systems

“The conference was very encouraging and inspiring as it gave me the opportunity to interact with people who love Jesus and want to serve him as the focus of their work as professors. The conference reminded me that in my job, I am called to be a Christian above anything else and though I will fail at this, God’s grace is exactly what is needed to use my inadequacies for His purposes at Cal Poly and in my life.” Chip Appel – NRES

We’re excited about the upcoming April 8th Bay Area conference and hope you’ll consider joining us. Here’s a link to the conference website.  

 

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Veritas Forum Highlights

Is Christianity simply a way to cope with the challenges of life? An emotional experience, or perhaps a supportive community, but ultimately unrelated to reality? Does Jesus Christ have any place in the real world, or in academia? Is there any intellectual support for faith and belief?

The Veritas Forum engages students and faculty in discussions on life’s most important questions and the relevance of Jesus Christ to all of life. Below are a few highlights and photos from the February 1st Cal Poly Veritas Forum featuring Rhetoric professors Joseph Rhodes (UNLV) and Christian Lundberg (UNC – Chapel Hill) dialoguing on: “Christianity: Cornerstone or Crutch? An Agnostic and a Christian Discuss Identify and the Role of Faith.”

“The eight students who came with me to this event LOVED it. The Forum helped break the ice and we’ve begun to talk about if you can know God in a personal way.” Melissa, Freshman

“This is hands down the best Veritas Forum we’ve ever had. The guys I invited loved it.” Anthony, Senior

“Outstanding event. I’m looking forward to hear what the students I invited thought about it.” Prof M

“I invited two students, neither of whom would identity as Christians. They said they had been both talking about this, and are really searching.” Jenny,  campus ministry staff

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A transcript of the opening remarks of the first five minutes of the Forum can be found here.

The entire Forum can be watched online here

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