10/25 11am-1pm “New Faculty Welcome Lunch” in UU 220


Wednesday October 25 a group of Christian faculty will be hosting a “New Faculty Welcome Lunch.” This is an informal get together for new professors and lecturers. No structured program, just a chance to meet and interact with faculty members from other parts of campus.  

Date: Wednesday Oct 25, 2017

Time: stop by anytime between 11:10am-1:00pm

Location: UU Room 220

Please rsvp by Tuesday Oct 24th if you’re planning on attending. Hope you can join us. 




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Snack Time — Wednesday September 27 11:10am-1:00pm in UU 218

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Please join us Wednesday September 27 between 11:10 am and 1:00 pm in UU 218 for our first ever Faculty Commons “Snack Time.” This is a time to hang out with other faculty affiliated with Faculty Commons to further develop Christian community at Cal Poly, to be encouraged, and – yes – to have some snacks. Everyone is welcome so feel free to bring a colleague and show up anytime for any amount of time you are available next Wednesday between 11:10am and 1:00pm. Snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring your lunch if you want. The first five people to show up will win a door prize. 

Questions or more information? Chip Appel cappel@calpoly.edu

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Welcome to Cal Poly


Welcome to Cal Poly. We hope your experience here is both enjoyable and successful. Feel feel to contact any of us if we could serve as a resource, either professionally or personally. Wishing you all the best – Faculty Commons SLO the fellowship of Christian faculty at Cal Poly

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Welcoming 1000 Students

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Many thanks to Physics Professor Jodi Christiansen for welcoming and praying for students on behalf of the Christian faculty Tuesday night September 19th at the first Cru meeting. Over 1000 students packed out Chumash auditorium and were encouraged by Dr. Christiansen to grow in both knowledge and wisdom while in college.


Campus director Jamey Pappas followed up with an outstanding message. The entire meeting can be watched or listened to here

Cru meets Tuesday nights 8pm at Mountainbrook Church, but was meeting on campus for a first week kick off. Several other campus ministries have also launched and are working to serve students this year. 



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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 “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 Talks at Google series. Here’s a link to his lecture. 

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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