Save the Date: 1/30/19 Veritas Forum

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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
    Liberty University
    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. 

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International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

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

  1. Pray that persecuted believers will sense God’s presence (Heb. 13:5).
  2. Pray that they will feel connected to the greater Body of Christ (1 Cor.12:20, 26).
  3. 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).
  4. Pray that they will have more opportunities to share the gospel (Col. 4:3).
  5. Pray for their boldness to make Christ known (Phil.1:14).
  6. Pray that they will forgive and love their persecutors (Matt.5:44).
  7. Pray that their ministry activities will remain undetected by authorities or others who wish to silence them (Acts9:25).
  8. Pray that they will rejoice in suffering (Acts5:41).
  9. 9.Pray that they will be refreshed through God’s  Word and grow in their faith (Eph. 6:17).
  10. Pray that they will be strengthened through the prayers of fellow believers (Jude 20-25).


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Faculty Commons BBQ & Potluck: Sunday September 23rd 3pm-6pm

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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. 
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Faculty Commons on behalf of Mustang Move-In (Sept. 14-16)

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.

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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 if you’d like to be involved for an hour or two – or more.



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Working Together: “Before and After” campus outreach

Every person who is a follower of Jesus Christ has unique story of what God has done – and is doing – in their lives. A story of what their lives were like before and after they choose to follow Him.

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May 7th-11th,  seven campus ministries -Cru, InterVarsity, Epic, Asian American Christian Fellowship, Chinese Christian Fellowship, AGO Fraternity, and ADX Sorority – will be co-sponsoring a campus-wide “Before & After” outreach.


Hundreds of students will be wearing a similar t-shirt during the week, each one customized with just two words – describing their life before and after choosing to fully follow Jesus Christ.


Please pray that God would use this outreach to open up doors of conversation in dorm rooms and classrooms, for opportunities for the gospel to be clearly shared, and for God to use this outreach to lead students into a relationship with Himself.

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“We stand in unity against this campus’ brokenness”

This past week, a small group of student involved with Cru wanted to do something – anything – to address the racial issues that have placed Cal Poly in the national media.

An student leader set up a “go fund me” campaign. Within hours, students had donated several hundred dollars towards the outreach. Thousands of pieces of candy were bought, and attached to a small piece of paper with a small, simple message. 


Every day from 11am-12pm in front of the UU and at Dexter Lawn, students and staff interacted with hundreds of students in what they called “free candy from friendly faces.” 


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Students involved with the Cal Poly Cross Culture Center expressed their appreciation to Cru for their public stand against racism and hatred. Of course, this is just another small step towards living out the gospel in every area of lives. But we are so thankful for the initiative and ownership that students took towards trying to change a campus culture. 

The text of the small flyer stated:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King

We stand in unity against the campus’ brokenness. We cry and hurt with you. We unite and give because we care. YOU ARE LOVED. – Cru 


Self education episode opportunities to further educates yourself and understand how to be part of positive and lasting change. 


  • The Liturgists, episode #34. “Black and White: Racism in America” 
  • “Putting Racism on The Table” podcast series by WRAG. 


  • “Listening Well As A Person of Privilege – The Complete Series” 
  • YouTube, Brene Brown on “Empathy”


  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Befriend by Scott Sauls









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The Ugly Truth of Being a Black Professor in America

In this challenging article from the The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dr. George Yancy shares his experiences as black professor at Emory University. In light of recent events, both locally and nationally, it seemed appropriate to post this. 

The Ugly Truth of Being a Black Professor in America

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By George Yancy April 29, 2018

“Dear Nigger Professor.” That was the beginning of a message that was sent to me. There is nothing to be cherished here, despite the salutation. Years ago, Malcolm X asked, “What does a white man call a black man with a Ph.D.?” He answered: “A nigger with a Ph.D.”

The message came in response to an op-ed I published in The New York Times in December 2015. I’d spent much of that year conducting a series of interviews with philosophers about race. I wanted to hold a disagreeable mirror up to white readers and ask that they take a long, hard look without fleeing. My article, “Dear White America,” took the form of a letter asking readers to accept the truth of what it means to be white in a society created for white people. I asked them to tarry with the ways in which they perpetuate a racist society, the ways in which they are racist. In return, I asked for understanding and even love — love in the sense that James Baldwin used the term: “Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”

Instead, I received hundreds of emails, phone messages, and letters, an overwhelming number of which were filled with racist vitriol. My university did its important and necessary part — top administrators assured me that my academic freedom was protected. Yet my predicament was not easy. Campus police had to monitor my office. Departmental instructions were clear: No one was to provide any strangers with my office hours. I needed police presence at my invited talks at other universities. It all felt surreal — and dangerous.

This is what it’s like to be the target of racist hatred:

Another uppity Nigger. Calling a Nigger a professor is like calling White Black and Wet Dry.

Even the most sophisticated nigger will revert back to their jungle bunny behavior when excited.

You can dress a Nigger up in a suit and tie and they’ll still be Niggers.

This belief that niggers even reason is blatant pseudo-intellectualism.

For these writers, “nigger professor” is an oxymoron. A nigger is a nigger, incapable of reason. Kant, Hegel, and Jefferson each made similar claims about black people being bereft of rationality. Perhaps I’m just parroting (as Hume said of black people) what I’ve already heard. I’m just a nigger who dared to reason, only to discover that reason is white.

Then entire article can be read here.


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