2014 West Coast Faculty Conference

August 3, 2014 - August 8, 2014

Hosted by: InterVarsity Faculty Ministry

Beholding God’s Glory: When Intellect and Beauty Meet

We want to welcome you to the 2014 West Coast Faculty Conference, August 3 - 8, 2014, at Campus by the Sea on beautiful Catalina Island. Faculty participants from across the United States are invited to come together in a community of learning, worship and prayer focusing on our theme.

A Unique Conference

The West Coast Faculty Conference will take place at Campus by the Sea on Catalina Island. During the week we will be led in manuscript Bible study. Afternoons provide an opportunity to rest, play, visit with friends and family, or attend a variety of afternoon seminars. You will also be able to enjoy all the unique and fun activities that Campus by the Sea affords, including hiking, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and water skiing. In addition one of the days we will be free to explore Catalina, with an optional trip to Avalon to see the sights. Evening sessions will focus on our conference theme of Beholding God's Glory: When Intellect and Beauty Meet. You can read more below on daily programming and catch a glimpse of the many activities at Campus by the Sea by visiting their website. Amazing images of God's creation and His hand at work are only a click away in the CBS photo gallery.

We aim to make our Faculty Conference family friendly. Spouses are welcome to attend all of our sessions. Child care and children’s programs will be provided during morning and evening sessions. We also welcome faculty who are single or married without children to join us.


In the morning...Each morning we will "see with" the authors of the Bible by immersing ourselves in the visions of Isaiah, John, and Paul. Their imaginations can shape the way we understand and interact with God in the world.

In the evening... We will gather as a community of learning to reflect on and share experiences of beauty. We encounter beauty in more familiar ways—in poetry, music, film, the arts, in creation itself, and in the face of a loved one. But beauty meets us in unexpected places, too—in mathematics, chemistry, engineering, language, anthropology, and social work. What is beauty? Why is beauty a virtue along with truth and goodness? Can beauty point beyond itself as a revelation of the “shimmering glow of the presence of God?” How is our human creating and sharing of beauty related to community, justice, reconciliation, and the beauty of God?

About Our Speakers

Cecilia González-Andrieu is Associate Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University. Professor Gonzalez-Andrieu returned to her alma mater LMU after completing her doctorate at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. At the GTU, she was the first scholar to complete a doctorate combining systematic theology and art and religion.

González-Andrieu is one of the leading scholars developing the field of theological aesthetics, which she proposes as a way to bring communities together, respect and celebrate otherness, and lift the theological insights of those who know and express themselves in ways beyond the textual. She has been recognized with awards for her writing from the Catholic Press Association, as a teaching scholar by the GTU, for her work on behalf of the Latino community by the Hispanic Theological Initiative and as one of the seven most promising theologians of the next generation by America Magazine. At LMU, Dr. González-Andrieu teaches the very popular course Meeting Christ in Faith & Art and courses in US Latino Theology and Christian Theology. She is the co-founder of Viernespor la tarde, a university-wide working group to address and coordinate efforts on behalf of the Latino/a students and workers at LMU. Among a number of projects, she is also co-leading the development of LMU's new Latino Theology and Ministry Initiative, which is coordinating the National Symposium on Hispanic Ministry, hosted by LMU with the participation of six other Catholic Universities in 2014.

Her widely-praised book "Bridge to Wonder: Art as a Gospel of Beauty" was published by Baylor University Press in 2012. González-Andrieu was elected to the Board of the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies in 2013 for her "ongoing contributions to the wider field of religion and the arts."

Guy Kinnear is Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Azusa Pacific University. Jennifer Kinnear is a sculptor and former InterVarsity campus staff at USC and Pitzer College. Guy & Jennifer Kinnear have been working collaboratively as artists since before their marriage 10 years ago. Jennifer is a sculptor and worked in campus ministry for 16 years, including 7 years serving with InterVarsity. During her time on staff she served at USC and at Pitzer College as well as at the national level, as a member of the National Arts Leadership Team.

Guy Kinnear is a figurative artist and Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Azusa Pacific University teaching both undergraduate and graduate levels of studio art and art theory. Together they have enjoyed creating art for and facilitating art making with participants in worship services, college chapel events, and conferences.

Jeff Liou joined the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship after earning a degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan. He stayed in Ann Arbor for another six years before leaving for seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Currently, Jeff is a pastor for young adults and university communities in the San Gabriel Valley and is studying for a PhD in Theology and Culture at Fuller Seminary.

Jeff is interested in issues of race, ethnicity and religion. Jeff and Lisa were married ten years ago and they have two hilarious half-Asian children who keep them inspired to think carefully about race so that they can carry all of who they are into the mission of God.

Registration and Fees

Online registration is closed. Check back soon for information about the 2015 conference.

Below, you will find the rates for Faculty and Alumni for 2014 according to registration dates as well as children's rates by age. A non-refundable deposit of $200 is due when you register. The balance due on your account (less any scholarships you have been granted) is due by June 20. After July 1, all payments are non-refundable except in case of a family emergency.

Total Family Registration Maximum: $2,000

Faculty & AlumniEarly RegistrationNormal Registration
RatesJan 1-April 30May 1-June 20
Adults & Teens$450$475
(entering 7th grade and up)  
 (3 years old - entering 6th grade)  

Limited scholarship funds are available for faculty and staff who are not able to cover the full costs of the 2014 West Coast Faculty Conference. Please apply for a scholarship when you register.

Campus by the Sea showcases God's amazing creation in amazing natural landscapes. You do not want to miss the opportunity to enjoy its' programs, facilities and accommodations while reveling in the majesty of Catalina Island. Visit the Campus by the Sea website today for pictures and stories that will take your breath away.