For almost a decade this conference has provided sacred space for faculty and their families. At its heart our conference is a unique community of colleagues and co-laborers that is inter-generational, multi-ethnic and inter-disciplinary. Each year this community reconstitutes and grows, becoming a source of renewal, rest, encouragement and inspiration.
We are excited to have Professor Felicia Wu Song of Westmont College and Professor Lina Sanchez-Herrera of InterVarsity for our 2019 Conference as we explore themes of connectedness – as we grow in intimacy with the Triune God, he grows us in our love for himself, each other and the world. For details about these special guests, please see their bios below.
Here is our tentative schedule.
Keynote Speakers 2019
Felicia Song is Associate Professor and Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. Having trained in History, Communication Studies and Sociology from Yale, Northwestern, and University of Virginia, and taught at Louisiana State University’s Manship School for Mass Communication, her research is oriented around the rapidly evolving digital technology industry and how the adoption of social media and digital devices fundamentally alters the landscapes of family, community, and organizational life. In addition to her book, Virtual Communities: Bowling Alone, Online Together (Peter Lang 2009), she has conducted research on expectant women’s online information-seeking habits and the evolution of “mommy bloggers” as social media professionals. Currently, she is working on a book project that explores how our contemporary digital habits form us and our imaginations about personhood, time, and place. When she is not working, she enjoys children’s chapter books, searching local consignment shops, and watching “The Great British Baking Show” with her husband and two children.
Formerly Professor of Wheaton College and of the National University of Colombia, Lina Sanchez-Herrera is now National Prayer Coordinator for InterVarsity USA and a Spiritual Director. Lina grew up in a Catholic family in Bogotá, Colombia, South America. She became a believer as a child and committed her life to Jesus in a special way during her university years through Unidad Cristiana Universitaria (UCU), the IFES movement in Colombia. She and her husband Wilson served with UCU, Wilson as General Secretary and Lina as National Advisor, for almost thirty-two years. Prior to moving to the USA, she was a Professor of Statistics at the National University of Colombia. She also has a Master’s degree in Christian Ministries and is a trained spiritual director. As InterVarsity’s National Prayer Coordinator, she served as the prayer coordinator for Urbana 2009 and 2012, leads retreats, supervises staff on sabbaticals and offers spiritual direction. Lina and her husband Wilson have three grown children. She loves music, singing, and crafting. Seeing a new generation of students and professionals around the world meet Jesus, follow him, and live out the values of the gospel brings her great joy.
Seminars and Workshops
An additional bonus of the week are the elective seminars and workshops offered during Monday afternoon and Wednesday afternoon. These seminars reflect the wide variety of disciplines and interests of those who attend the conference. Seminars are open to faculty, staff and spouses.
Scheduled so far:
- An interactive workshops on best teaching practices - come and share your tips and experiences
- Ministering to our LGBTQ+ students and colleagues
- A “Doing Justice” experience that the children can join!
For the Kids
We are delighted to announce that Kimberly Gordon-Biddle will attend the conference and will do book readings for the children of her book LaDonna Plays Hoops.
Kimberly A. Gordon Biddle is a college professor of 27 years and is currently at California State University, Sacramento (Sac State). She has a PhD from Stanford University in Child and Adolescent Development, is a former American Psychological Association MFP Fellow, has collaborated on over 1 million dollars in grants, and was the winner of one of the Stanford GSE Alumni Awards for Excellence in Education for 2018 and a Career Achievement Award from the University of Redlands in 2019. She has co-authored two textbooks and several articles and book chapters.
She is also the author of a children’s picture book, LaDonna Plays Hoops, an inspirational and contemporary story of a young, African-American girl who goes to visit her grandma for a family reunion, and tries to become the family hoops star. Her second picture book focuses on Easter and is under contract with a scheduled release of Spring 2020.