This past weekend, a group of nine Cal Poly faculty were part of A Common Call – a one day conference for Christian faculty members in the San Francisco Bay Area.
What made this year’s conference unique was it’s connection with the larger Cru Winter Conference. Students and faculty were to hear from our keynote speaker, Dr. Heather Holleman (English, Penn State).
Our good friend, Dr. Susan Siaw (Psychology, Cal Poly Pomona) served as our emcee.
Faculty and others from ten different universities enjoyed a chance to hear from Dr. Holleman and others, and interact on what it means to be a Christian faculty member on a public university campus.
The conference was a chance for Cal Poly professors to interact with other faculty from other campuses.
“The A Common Call conference was outstanding. It’s so rare to have opportunities to connect with other faculty, hear what God is doing in our lives, and to pray for each other. My only desire was the conference was longer.” comment from a Cal Poly CSM professor
Our hope is to host a similar conference next year. We hope you’ll consider joining us.
We hope you’ll considering joining us for A Common Call – a one day conference for Christian faculty January 19, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport.
“What are the challenges and opportunities we face as Christians in the academy? Please join us at A Common Call where we can join together and share our responses to this all-important question.”
Susan Nakayama Siaw, Ph.D.
Cal Poly Pomona
“A Common Call is a chance to connect with other Christian faculty from other universities. We’re excited about our speakers this year, as well as the chance to hear and learn from each other.”
Buff Furman, Ph.D.
Professor Mechanical Engineering
San Jose State University
Our presenters include:
– Dr. Heather Holleman, faculty at Penn State and co-author of A Grander Story
– Dr. Ron Sanders, Chaplain at Stanford, affiliate faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary
– Lori Kepner, attorney and legal counsel with Cru, specializing in First Amendment issues
Concurrent with the Cru San Francisco Winter Conference, the conference is an opportunity to connect with other Christian faculty from throughout the West Coast, and leave with a deeper understanding of God’s purposes for your life and work.
Here’s a link to the conference registration site.
$75 regular registration through Jan 11th, 2019
$85 (based on space availability) after Jan 12th, 2019
For those traveling from out of the area, we are offering a special conference room rate at the Hyatt Regency, San Francisco Airport of $125/night, based on space availability. See our registration site for details.
We hope you’ll consider joining us.
Please save the date and plan on joining us for:
“Would Society be Better Off Without Religion? An Atheist and a Christian Discuss”
- Dr. Herb Silverman
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
College of Charleston
Founder, Secular Coalition for America
- Dr. Karen Swallow Prior
Professor of English
Author of On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books
Wednesday evening January 30, 2019
7:30-9:00 pm Cal Poly Performing Arts Center
More details to come. We hope you can join us.
International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
Nov. 4-11 is the international days of prayer for the persecuted Church. Thank you for joining us in prayer for them.
10 Ways to Pray for Our Persecuted Family
- Pray that persecuted believers will sense God’s presence (Heb. 13:5).
- Pray that they will feel connected to the greater Body of Christ (1 Cor.12:20, 26).
- Pray that they will be comforted by God when their family members are killed, injured or imprisoned for their witness (2 Cor. 1: 3-5).
- Pray that they will have more opportunities to share the gospel (Col. 4:3).
- Pray for their boldness to make Christ known (Phil.1:14).
- Pray that they will forgive and love their persecutors (Matt.5:44).
- Pray that their ministry activities will remain undetected by authorities or others who wish to silence them (Acts9:25).
- Pray that they will rejoice in suffering (Acts5:41).
- 9.Pray that they will be refreshed through God’s Word and grow in their faith (Eph. 6:17).
- Pray that they will be strengthened through the prayers of fellow believers (Jude 20-25).
We’ll be meeting in Los Osos, at the O’Brien residence for our annual Fall Welcome Back BBQ & Potluck, Sunday afternoon September 23rd 3-6pm.
This is a family event, and – similar to previous years – we’ll have some childcare helpers on hand so you can bring kids and still enjoy adult interaction!
Please save the date; more info to come in early September.
This Fall, a group of faculty involved with Faculty Commons will be helping students move into campus housing during Mustang Move-In, Sep 14 – 16.
We’d like to encourage you to consider joining us.
It’s a great way to welcome students, reassure nervous parents, and shine some hospitality. Please contact Kimberley Mastako email@example.com if you’d like to be involved for an hour or two – or more.