“Can a practicing scientist also be a Christian?” featuring UCLA Computer Science faculty Dr. George Varghese and Dr. Harry Xu



“Can a practicing scientist also be a Christian?”

featuring UCLA Computer Science faculty Dr. George Varghese and Dr. Harry Xu

Friday August 13, 7pm (Pacific)

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Dr. George Varghese (Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science, UCLA)

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Dr. Harry Xu (Associate Professor of Computer Science, UCLA)

With rapid advances in virtually every corner of science, human being’s expectation of what science can produce has never been so high today. As a result, many modern-day people think of Christianity as an ancient religion that is anti-science and/or superstition, and that only people who are old, weak, or without education would believe in. Does Christianity really conflict with modern science? Is it the case that well-educated people do not believe in Christianity?

The presentation will be given in English, and translated by Dr. Xu into Mandarin. This is a great opportunity to also invite Mandarin-speakers to an event that explores the issue of science and faith.


There is no cost, but attendees must register here in order to receive the active link.  


Attendees do not have to be professors, students or academics. The talks will be recorded and posted on YouTube. 



Dr. George Varghese is the Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science, UCLA)has spent 30 years conducting research on making the Internet faster and more reliable. To recognize his technical contributions, George was elevated to a member of U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2017 as well as a member of U.S. National Academy of Invention in 2020. He is also a Fellow of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He has received a series of recognitions in his career, including Lifetime Achievement Award of ACM SIGCOMM and Kobayashi Award of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE). Dr. Varghese gave a talk at Veritas Forum discussion at MIT on Faith and Success titled “What Drives you” in 2014. On 8/13, Dr. Varghese will share his thoughts on science and faith, which will hopefully shed new light on how these two seemingly unrelated areas can be connected.

Dr. Harry Xu is a tenured associate professor in Computer Science department of UCLA. He is leading a team of dozens of researchers working on various problems in computer systems, including artificial intelligence systems, cloud systems, and programming languages. His research has been supported by U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. National Science Foundation, Google, Alibaba, Microsoft. Harry’s team has received various awards from academia and industry, including the 2018 Dahl-Nygaard Junior Prize, which is awarded each year to a junior researcher that has made promising contributions to the field of object orientation. In this talk, Dr. Xu will explain some of the core principles in Christianity in light of recent advances in computer science.

Both professors are members of the Faculty Fellowship at UCLA, which invites a distinguished scientist to discuss science and faith each year. The most recent of these discussions was a talk given by MIT Professor Rosalind Picard in April 2021,  titled “Technology, Emotion and God”, also translated into Chinese by Christian Mission magazine in August 2021.



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Sunday Sept 12th Welcome Back BBQ/Potluck

Please save the date and plan on joining us Sunday Sep 12, 2021 3:30pm – 6pm for our Fall Welcome Back BBQ and Potluck.

After a year and a half of virtual meetings, we’re very excited about the chance to finally meet in person, and look forward to time together.

As always, this is a family event. We’ll have some childcare helpers on hand so parents enjoy some adult interaction.

Please contact us so we can add you to the invitation list and get you more information.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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“Someday is Here” virtual event 6/26/21

What does it look like for AAPI women to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, strength and mind and to love our neighbor as ourselves?

We will take a comprehensive approach to doing just that this year at our SIH2021 Virtual Event. Our team has worked hard to bring together a phenomenal group of AAPI women leaders who will cover practical and necessary topics to help us grow in holistic health: spiritually, emotionally, generationally, relationally, and communally. This space is carved out to bring us together to validate, encourage, equip and inspire AAPI women in all walks of life. Invite your friends. We look forward to being together June 26th.

Registration and more information can be found here.

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Spring Quarter faculty-led prayer: Fridays 11am-11:30am

Please join us Fridays 11:00-11:30am Spring Quarter as faculty, students, and staff pray together for the campus and the community.

Please contact us if you need the Zoom code.

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Easter Sunday: Christ is Risen

The tomb is empty. Christos Anesti: Christ is risen.

Wishing everyone a happy Resurrection Sunday.

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What Makes Friday Good?

Wishing everyone a meaningful and contemplative Good Friday.

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March 12th-13th Faculty Staff Conference video resources

90 faculty from Northern California (and beyond) were part of our virtual conference March 12th-13th, co-sponsored together by InterVarsity’s GFM and Faculty Commons.

We heard from Communications Professor Dr. Tim Muehlhoff, and panel on Religious Liberty in the Academy, and again from Dr. Muehlhoff. We hope you’ll enjoy watching – or, perhaps easier, listening – to these resources the conference has made available.

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2/10/21 Cal Poly Veritas Forum: “Resisting Bias & Reshaping Institutions”

Thank you for everyone who prayed for, and participated in, last week’s online Cal Poly Veritas Forum: “Resisting Bias and Reshaping Institutions: A Conversation About Advancing Racial Justice in Religious Institutions, Government, and Higher Education.”

Our guests – Justin Giboney, Stephanie Summers, and David French – modeled a civil discussion among Christians processing a difficult and timely topic – racism and justice. The content was outstanding – students and faculty commented this was the best Veritas Forum they’ve ever attended.

Thanks to the magic of Zoom, faculty and students from throughout California – and even as far away as the University of Texas – were able to participate. We certainly recommend taking time to watch (or listen) now that it’s posted on YouTube.

We’re aware that the topics of race and racism are constantly discussed on university campuses, yet generally void of spiritual content. We’re also aware that many churches and Christian organizations have not engaged well in this topic, leaving a generation of students – even within the church – to question the relevancy of Christianity in the world they live in.

Founded at Harvard University in 1992, the Veritas Forum is an annual academic event at Cal Poly that seeks to “engage students and faculty in discussions about life’s hardest questions and the relevance of Jesus Christ to all of life.”

Many thanks to the student organizers, and faculty advisor Dr. Marc Horney, for taking a step to try to bring these two worlds together.

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Standing in Solidarity

AEPiFaculty Commons stands with solidarity with the men of AEPi Fraternity – and against hatred and bigotry of any kind. Information on the events of 2/5/21 can be found here.

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2/10/21 Veritas Forum: “Resisting Bias & Reshaping Institutions” with Justin Giboney, David French, and Stephanie Summers

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Please join us Wednesday February 10th as the Cal Poly Veritas Forum welcomes:

Justin Giboney – Founder, The AND Campaign / Attorney / Political Strategist
David French – Senior Editor, The Dispatch / Columnist, Time
and moderator Stephanie Summers – CEO, Center for Public Justice

As they discuss “Resisting Bias and Reshaping Institutions”

We’re so excited about this topic and our speakers. Issues of race and racism are often discussed on campus, yet often void of any spiritual content. Many churches and Christian organizations have not engaged biblically in the conversation, leaving a generation of students – even within the church – to question the relevancy of Christianity.

Our speakers and moderator come from different backgrounds and perspectives, but share a common faith in Jesus Christ.

The one hour discussion from 5pm-6pm PST is open to students, faculty, and the anyone larger community. Forum organizers will also offer 30 minutes of smaller discussion groups afterwards, specifically for Cal Poly students or faculty.

Please forward and share this opportunity with students, colleagues, or friends from the community.

To attend, please register here. We look forward to this event and hope you can join us.

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