NorCal Faculty/Staff Conference Program

Morning Breakout Session Opportunities

Hearing God's Voice for your Academic Task

Facilitator: Dr.  Kimberly A. Gordon Biddle, Professor, Child Development, Sacramento
Summary: Most of us try to hear God’s voice in our everyday lives, but do we ask for his voice in our Academic Tasks?  Come learn from each other how you can begin listening for God’s voice in relation to your Academic Tasks.

All Ministers Teach, But Can Teachers Minister?

Facilitator: Larry Thiel has taught philosophy and political science at the University of the Pacific for over 20 years.  His classes include “Divided by Faith,” “What is a Good Society?” “How to lead and Ethical Life?” and “The Life and Teachings of Jesus.”  His research interests are Church and State relationships, Religion and American Culture, and Postmodern Apologetics.  He is also an Associate Regional Director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, overseeing campus ministries in Northern California, Reno and Hawaii.  He has taught at church and student conferences on Redemptive White Identity, Cross-Cultural Witness, and Racial Reconciliation.
Summary: As followers of Jesus we are called to be salt and light wherever we go.  But often the classroom is viewed as off limits.  This seminar will discuss practical strategies for opening up honest conversations inside (and outside) the forbidden walls of the classroom.

Deep Calls Out to Deep

Facilitator: Sarah Hawes, Professor of Reading at Modesto Junior College, considers it a privilege to teach reading because it is an activity that offers opportunities for transformation in college and in life. Prior to MJC, Sarah has taught English in every grade from 7th-12th and to adults in night school. She also spent a year teaching overseas at the International School of Kabul in Afghanistan. She has a B.A. in General Studies from Trinity Western University in British Columbia and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading from California State University Stanislaus.
Summary:  With guidance from Psalm 42, Parker Palmer, Watchman Nee, and other texts, this session will facilitate reflection and discussion on the inner life of the teacher while also touching on how to authentically engage students. Because “[o]thers can respond deep within to only what issues from deep within us” (Nee), participants will be encouraged to consider God’s soul-excavating work in their own lives.

Afternoon – Religious Liberty Panel Discussion

Panelist: Brad Dacus, President and Founder of the Pacific Justice Institute
Bio: Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties. PJI works diligently, without charge, to provide its clients with all the legal support they need.

Panelist: Greg Jao, Senior Assistant to the President for InterVarsity/USA
Bio: Greg leads InterVarsity’s response to campus access challenges – situations where universities refuse InterVarsity chapters recognition because of our requirement that student leaders affirm our Doctrinal Basis. He also coordinates InterVarsity’s litigation and legislative initiatives around First Amendment issues.