Feb 1 & 2 Veritas Forum Events

Please join us next week for these Veritas Forum events: 

Faculty Welcome Reception
Wednesday Feb 1st, 4:00-4:45pm in UU 219 as we meet with, and prayer for, one of our two guest speakers – Dr. Christian Lundberg. 

Evening Veritas Forum
Wednesday Feb 1st 7:30-9:00pm (doors open at 7:00pm) in Harman Hall in the PAC featuring Dr. Joseph Rhodes and Dr. Christian Lundberg dialoguing on “Christianity: Cornerstone or Crutch? An Agnostic and a Christian Discuss Identity and the Role of Faith.” Open to students, faculty, and staff. 

Q&A Follow-Up Lunch with our Speakers
Thursday Feb 2nd 11:10am-12:00pm in UU 220. Continuing the conversation with professors Rhodes and Lundberg over an informal lunch. Open to both students and faculty. 

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We encourage you to invite colleagues and students to the Wednesday evening Forum. Here’s a link to the Veritas Forum page and the Facebook event

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.”



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Veritas Forum Wednesday Feb 1, 2017 “Christianity: Cornerstone or Crutch? An Agnostic and a Christian Discuss Identity and the Role of Faith”

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We’re very excited about the upcoming 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 Identity and the Role of Faith”

Wednesday Evening February 1, 2017, 7:30pm – 9:00pm Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center (the PAC). 

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This event is open to all students, faculty, and staff members from Cal Poly and Cuesta.

Dr. Joseph Rhodes grew up in a very religious home and was at one time a youth pastor. Today, he’s an Agnostic. Dr. Christian Lundberg is not only a professor, but also serves as a pastor at his local church. Both professors have been good friends for for almost ten years. Additional information on academic backgrounds can be found here.

They spoke earlier this year at a similar Forum and the Veritas student planning team is very excited about having them here at Cal Poly. We hope you’ll consider inviting students or colleagues to join you in attending. More information will be available next month. 



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Family Life “Weekend to Remember” marriage conference March 31-April 2


Please save the date and plan on joining us for the Family Life “Weekend to Remember” marriage conference March 31-April 2, 2017 at the Ventura Beach Marriott. 

This is an outstanding time for you and your spouse to get away, work through some highly practical content, and build into your marriage relationship. We had seven Cal Poly faculty couples attend as a group a couple years back. They loved the conference and found it to be a fantastic investment in their lives and marriages. We’re excited about going as a group once again. Additional info can be found on the Family Life website.   

Thanks to a generous scholarship from the national organization of Faculty Commons, we’re able to waive the normal $300 conference fee for faculty and their spouses registering by January 20th, plus offer a special discounted rate on the hotel. Contact us directly, and we’ll sign you up. 

Still thinking about it? We hope you and your spouse will enjoy this three minute video as you think and pray about attending. This is an outstanding conference and we’d love to have you join us. 



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International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

The International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is a time set apart to remember millions of Christians around the world who face persecution for their faith in Jesus Christ. This video, brought to you by the WEA Religious Liberty Commission, is one of the many resources produced and made available on IDOP.org to help you pray effectively for the persecuted.


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Operation Christmas Child Sunday 11/6 3-4:30pm

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You, your spouse, and your kids are invited to join us at an Operation Christmas Child Packing Party Sunday afternoon November 6th from 3:00-4:30pm.

Each year Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian humanitarian organization, sends Christmas gifts to millions of children around the world through a program called Operation Christmas Child. These gifts – shoe boxes packed with toys and school supplies by volunteers like us – show the children the love of God.

When: Sunday November 6 3:00-4:30pm

What: Faculty and friends collecting and packing gifts for kids around the world; snacks and great conversation are a given!

Where: Prof Kimberley Mastako’s home, French Park neighborhood of SLO (contact us for directions)

Who: You and your friends and family are all invited! Feel free to invite a colleague and their family to join us.

Why: Because Operation Christmas Child is an awesome way to show the love of Christ to a child in need.

Please RSVP to Heather DeBruhl for what to bring, and to get directions (hdebruhl@calpoly.edu).

For more information about Operation Christmas Child you can visit their  website  or watch this short video.  We hope you’ll join us!



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New Faculty Welcome Lunch: Thursday 11/3 12-1pm

screen-shot-2016-10-22-at-10-34-53-pmThursday November 3rd, a group of Christian faculty will sponsoring a “new faculty welcome lunch” – a informal opportunity for new professors and lecturers to enjoy lunch and meet faculty from other parts of campus. 

12pm-1pm in UU 220.

We hope you can attend, and consider inviting new faculty from your department. Please rsvp to Mike Winn mwwinn@calpoly.edu by Tuesday Nov 1st. 

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Faculty lunch event 10/18/16

Please join us Tuesday October 18th 1pm at Kennedy Library for a special lunch event with a national ministry director from the Middle East. Working alongside Cru, we have an ongoing partnership with this part of the world, and are with the national leadership there to build movements of evangelism and discipleship. This past summer two Cal Poly faculty and a student team had an effective outreach on one of the most influential universities in that region. 
Come be encouraged as you hear what God is doing in this part of the world – and the incredible platform faculty can have ministering there alongside Cal Poly students.
Tuesday October 18, 1:10-2pm
Kennedy Library 2nd floor fishbowl 216N
Lunch will be provided
We’ll also be hosting an 8am coffee the same day and location (Tuesday October 18, Kennedy Library 2nd floor fishbowl 216N) if you can’t make the lunch. 
Please let us know by Monday Oct 17th if you’re planning on joining us for either the 
– coffee 8:10-9am Kennedy Library 216N
– lunch 1:10-2pm Kennedy Library 216N

Hope you can join us. 
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