What’s Your Story?

Last week, a group of students put up a group of different photos in front of the UU with the simple question: “What’s Your Story?”


The photos underneath the question are from a collection called “Solarium” – designed to start spiritual conversations using images and questions. 


Depending on their interest, students who stopped by were asked:


  • what image or images represent your life right now?


  • what image or images represent what you’d like your life to look like in the future?


  • what image or images represent your spiritual life?


  • what image or images represent how you view God?

Some students were just curious about the photos. Others were in talking about their spiritual background. 


That same afternoon, President Jeff Armstrong was walking by and stopped to have a look. 


Students enjoyed talking with him, and explaining the purpose of the outreach. 


He was curious about where the photos came from (designed by the ministry in New York City ) and the student group sponsoring the event (Cru). 


Afterwards, a student pulled out his phone and asked if he could get a phone. President Armstrong was a good sport and was glad to oblige. 

Copies of Solarium are available online. Or, if you’d a packet – or just a few of the photos to put up in your office to spark conversation – let us know. 



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“A Common Call” conference 4/8/17



Please consider joining us Saturday April 8, 2017 in Palo Alto for A Common Call. Registration and more information can be found here

We’ll hear from Christian professors who have honored Christ in their teaching, research, and service, explore with other Christian professors our common call to the university and the world, network with colleagues from other universities, and share ideas for effective ministry.

Here are a few thoughts from some Cal Poly faculty members that attended the A Common Call conference here in San Luis Obispo last Spring:

“Just like our students glean so much from us as faculty, I learned from and was so encouraged by the mature Christian faculty who shared their experiences and ideas at the A Common Call conference. It was a rich experience for me.” David Janzen – Computer Science

“The conference was outstanding; it was encouraging to hear how other earnest followers of Jesus are translating his Commission into their teaching and advising. I got fresh ideas and had the opportunity to pass along what I’ve learned to others as well.” Mike Winn – Communication Studies

A Common Call provided an excellent opportunity for faculty to get together and share our experiences with living for Christ on secular campuses. I gained some valuable insights on how to serve others and let God do His work through me. ” Rich Savage – Biomedical Engineering

“How do we faithfully live out our faith within the university environment? We work in places where diversity and inquiry are valued and yet some of us tread carefully. We want to frame our witness appropriately, faithfully honoring our employment while also looking for the places where God would have us love in extraordinary ways for the Gospel’s sake. A Common Call is a wonderful way to connect with others who share this calling. I left encouraged and inspired about my role as a Christian called to the secular university classroom.” Cal Stevens – Management, HR & Information Systems

“The conference was very encouraging and inspiring as it gave me the opportunity to interact with people who love Jesus and want to serve him as the focus of their work as professors. The conference reminded me that in my job, I am called to be a Christian above anything else and though I will fail at this, God’s grace is exactly what is needed to use my inadequacies for His purposes at Cal Poly and in my life.” Chip Appel – NRES

We’re excited about the upcoming April 8th Bay Area conference and hope you’ll consider joining us. Here’s a link to the conference website.  


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Veritas Forum Highlights

Is Christianity simply a way to cope with the challenges of life? An emotional experience, or perhaps a supportive community, but ultimately unrelated to reality? Does Jesus Christ have any place in the real world, or in academia? Is there any intellectual support for faith and belief?

The Veritas Forum engages students and faculty in discussions on life’s most important questions and the relevance of Jesus Christ to all of life. Below are a few highlights and photos from the February 1st Cal Poly 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 Identify and the Role of Faith.”

“The eight students who came with me to this event LOVED it. The Forum helped break the ice and we’ve begun to talk about if you can know God in a personal way.” Melissa, Freshman

“This is hands down the best Veritas Forum we’ve ever had. The guys I invited loved it.” Anthony, Senior

“Outstanding event. I’m looking forward to hear what the students I invited thought about it.” Prof M

“I invited two students, neither of whom would identity as Christians. They said they had been both talking about this, and are really searching.” Jenny,  campus ministry staff

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A transcript of the opening remarks of the first five minutes of the Forum can be found here.

The entire Forum can be watched online here

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2/1/17 Veritas Forum now available for viewing

This is the best Veritas Forum we’ve every had.” Great feedback from both students and faculty who attended the February 1st Veritas Forum. Rhetoric Professors Joseph Rhodes (UNLV) and Christian Lundberg (UNC – Chapel Hill) dialogued on“Christianity: Cornerstone or Crutch? An Agnostic and a Christian Discuss Identity and the Role of Faith.” The Forum is now available to view, or listen to, on-line. Enjoy.


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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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