University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire UW-Eau Claire Faculty, Staff and Student Organization


May 8, 2014
Planning Meeting and Prayer

April 24, 2014
In his final week of ministry in Jerusalem before his arrest and crucifixion, Jesus frequently spoke in parables about future times and future events-the day of his return, a settling of accounts, the bestowing of rewards and punishments, a time of judgment. A number of these parables appear in sequence in Matthew 24 and 25. We were led by Chuck Hanson in a study of two of these parables-the Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids and the Parable of the Talents.

April 17, 2014
Prayer and Sharing

April 3, 2014
Dave Johnson, Cru
We discussed Chapter 3 in Tim Keller's book, The Reason for God, entitled "Christianity is a Straightjacket!" What do people mean when they make this charge? How can we gently and humbly help them understand the part God's commands play in us experiencing the abundant life He has for us?

March 27, 2014
Twice in the gospels, in Matthew 22 and in Luke 14, Jesus tells a parable about a great banquet. But while the parables are similar, their settings and contexts are different, and the two stories appear to have somewhat different meanings. Chuck Hanson led us in exploring these parables, noting their similarities and differences as we sought to understand the distinctive message of each one.

March 13, 2014
Sharing and Prayer

March 6, 2014
Sharing and Prayer

February 27, 2014
Chuck Hanson led a Bible study on two parables found in Luke 16. The proper use of wealth is the major topic of Luke 16, a chapter in which Jesus tells two provocative parables. The Parable of the Shrewd Manager is an intriguing but rather difficult parable to interpret. What did Jesus mean when he counseled his followers to "make friends by the means of unrighteous mammon"? The Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man is equally thought-provoking. Why did the Rich Man, once in hell, request that Lazarus, of all people, be sent to relieve his sufferings in such a miniscule way?

February 20, 2014
Kathryn Proctor Duax's Surprising Journey
Kathryn Proctor Duax shared her surprising journey following retirement when she taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her employment in the School of Music led her to another unexpected job she had not planned and a book called "Spiritual Journeys."

February 13, 2014
Lean Principles for Getting Good Things Done
A Christian Perspective on Personal Operations Management

Arthur V. Hill, Associate Dean for MBA Programs and John and Nancy Lindahl Professor, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Supply Chain & Operations Department
Do you have trouble keeping up with all you need to do? Professor Hill has provided his Personal Operations Management workshop for thousands of people. He gave the half hour version of his four hour workshop which helped us be more focused, improve relationships, and be healthier emotionally, mentally, and physically.

February 6, 2014
Lee Anna, Music Therapy
Tortured for Christ
We watched a DVD in which Richard Wurmbrand, vounder of Voice of the Martyrs, spoke about his torture over a 14-year period in Communist prisons and how God had sustained him and the other Christians. They hated Communism, but loved their tortures and brought some to Christ.

January 30, 2014
Sharing and Prayer

January 23, 2014
Sharing and Prayer

December 12, 2013
Singing Christmas Carols

December 5, 2013
Chris Nielson, class of '08
For the last three years Chris Nielson has served with InterVarsity as an Urban Project director in Milwaukee, the most segregated city in America and the ninth poorest. He talked about networking with different ministries and churches that are working to renew the city of Milwaukee and exemplify God's kingdom in the midst of the brokenness.

November 21, 2013
Jesus of Nazareth commonly taught in parables--short, vivid stories based on ordinary events drawn from everyday life in first-century Palestine. For Jesus, parables served a double purpose: they revealed truth to those who wanted spiritual truth, and they concealed truth from those who were not interested. Simple in form, realistic, and practical, the parables of Jesus are nevertheless challenging intellectually and spiritually profound. To interpret them correctly, it is necessary to study them thoughtfully, paying careful attention to context, audience, and purpose. Chuck Hanson led us in a discussion of the first of three parables about prayer, all of them found only in the gospel of Luke: the Importunate Neighbor (or the Friend at Midnight), Luke 11:5-8; the Persistent Widow (or the Unjust Judge), Luke 18:1-8; and the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, Luke 18:9-14. Although the other gospels show Jesus praying or teaching his disciples to pray, the only parables focusing specifically on prayer are the three found in Luke.

November 14, 2013
Sharing and Prayer

November 7, 2013
Kent Syverson, Geology
Devotions on Matthew 6

October 31, 2013
Prayer and Sharing
496 years ago ...

1.	A mighty fortress is our God, 
	a bulwark never failing; 
	our helper he amid the flood 
	of mortal ills prevaling.  
	For still our ancient foe 
	doth seek to work us woe; 
	his craft and power are great, 
	and armed with cruel hate, 
	on earth is not his equal.

2.	Did we in our own strength confide, 
	our striving would be losing, 
	were not the right man on our side, 
	the man of God's own choosing.
	Dost ask who that may be?  
	Christ Jesus, it is he; 
	Lord Sabaoth, his name, 
	from age to age the same, 
	and he must win the battle.

3.	And though this world, with devils filled, 
	should threaten to undo us, 
	we will not fear, for God hath willed 
	his truth to triumph through us.  
	The Prince of Darkness grim, 
	we tremble not for him; 
	his rage we can endure, 
	for lo, his doom is sure; 
	one little word shall fell him.

4.	That word above all earthly powers, 
	no thanks to them, abideth; 
	the Spirit and the gifts are ours, 
	thru him who with us sideth.  
	Let goods and kindred go, 
	this mortal life also; 
	the body they may kill; 
	God's truth abideth still; 
	his kingdom is forever.

October 24, 2013
Bible study (parables) led by Chuck Hanson
As we resumed our study of the parables, we continued to explore the "parables from nature" appearing in Matthew 13 (and also in Mark 4): the Weeds in the Grain (or Wheat and Tares), the Mustard Seed, and the Seed Growing in Secret. In our study took notice of "paired similitudes" and of the way in which even more developed parables are often presented in pairs.

October 17, 2013
Fellowship and Prayer

October 10, 2013
UWEC Students Loving the Nations in the Wisconsin Dells
Last summer, 17 UW-Eau Claire students moved to The Waterpark Capital of the World for an 11-week Summer Training Program with The Navigators. They lived and worked among the 3,000+ international students who move to the Dells each summer. Three of these students joined us and talked about what they did and how God transformed their lives.

October 3, 2013
Chris Macosko, Chemical Engineering, U of Minnesota
Dr. Macosko received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He was here with his wife Kathleen who is a Campus Pastor for a church near the U of M. He shared his thoughts on "Lectio Divina: Sacred Prayer for Busy Profs."

September 26, 2013
Bible study facilitated by Dr. Chuck Hanson, University Honors Program. Jesus of Nazareth commonly taught in parables--short, vivid stories based on ordinary events drawn from everyday life in first-century Palestine. For Jesus, parables served a double purpose: they revealed truth to those who wanted spiritual truth, and they concealed truth from those who were not interested. Simple in form, realistic, and practical, the parables of Jesus are nevertheless challenging intellectually and spiritually profound. To interpret them correctly, it is necessary to study them thoughtfully, paying careful attention to context, purpose, and audience. During the fall semester, we will study the parables, each study focusing on a cluster of parables illustrating a particular topic or theme. We started the series in Matthew 13 and the parable of the sower or the parable of the soils.

September 19, 2013
Fellowship and Prayer

September 12, 2013
Lee Anna Rasar, Music, reviewed Overcoming Spiritual Blindness, by Dr. James P. Gills. Dr. Gills presents problems associated with cataracts that cloud physical vision as metaphors for types of spiritual blindness. Fifteen of the books written by Dr. Gills are on the list of most requested books for the U.S. Prison System, and he provides them free to inmates. In addition to reviewing the book, Lee Anna shared experiences applying the content with inmates.

September 5, 2013
At our first meeting of the year we shared some of what we did this past summer.

August 29, 2013 -- Fall Prayer Luncheon
The Peace, Joy, and Freedom of Contentment Richard Swenson, M.D.
Dr. Swenson was a practicing physician who also taught for fifteen years as a clinical associate professor in the University of Wisconsin Medical School System. He currently is a full-time futurist, physician-researcher, author, and educator. As a futurist, his emphasis is fourfold: the future of the world system, western culture, faith, and healthcare. He is the author of nine books, including the best-selling Margin. His new book is Contentment: The Secret to a Lasting Calm.

May 2, 2013 -- Back to Uganda
Nathan Peterson and Sam Lupkes
About twenty years ago Kevin and Lori Peterson and their four sons went to Uganda as medical/community building missionaries. They stayed there four and a half years at that time, and then this past January their youngest son Nathan and Sam Lupkes joined them for another trip to Uganda, this one lasted two weeks. Their main purpose for being there was to get some experience in hospitals. They spent a lot of the time shadowing doctors and seeing what their medical system was like. They also had chances to see the community. Part of Nathan and Sam's role was to take video and photographs of the trip. Kevin and Lori were there to host a conference for helping widows in a rural community. Kevin also was taking part in a CME (continuing medical education) conference.

April 25, 2013 -- Bible study, Hebrews 11
Susan Harrison, Math
Susan led our last study in the Heroes of Faith series - "Your Heroic Faith." Scripture: Hebrews 11:32-12:3. Let the writer of Hebrews encourage you and inspire you as he challenges you to live a life of confident trust in God by embracing the whole company of men and women who down through the centuries have determined to live by faith.

April 18, 2013 -- Reflections on Prayer
Randy Olson, Library
Randy talked about his experiences with prayer over the past couple of years. He's been a Christian for many years (decades actually) but only recently developed a consistent daily prayer life. He shared what he's learned and experienced during that time. Prayer is like walking, running, dancing, flying, and breathing.

April 4, 2013 -- Prayer and Fellowship

March 28, 2013 -- Bible study, Hebrews 11
Susan Harrison, Math
Our sixth study in the Heroes of Faith series - "Facing our Fears" looked at the unlikely hero Rahab - scripture: Hebrews 11:30-31, James 2:25, and Joshua 2:1-21. Let Rahab encourage you, inspire you, and help you deepen your own trust in our great God who still keeps all his promises, so that you might live out your faith in radical ways today.

March 14, 2013 -- Origin of the Earth, Where is God?
Kent Syverson, Geology
Geologic time and the origin of the earth are controversial topics. Some evangelical churches in the USA are making belief in a young earth a requirement in order to be a Christian. Scientists such as Dr. Richard Dawkins attempt to use science to prove God does not exist. Kent Syverson will discuss these issues in the context of his background as a follower of Jesus and as a professional geologist.

March 7, 2013 -- Prayer and Fellowship

February 28, 2013 -- Bible study, Hebrews 11, Moses
Susan Harrison, Math
Resting on a Trustworthy God, part 5, scripture: Hebrews 11:23-29 and Exodus 12:21-36

February 21, 2013 -- No Longer Invisible, Part 2
Tom Hilton, Information Systems

February 14, 2013 -- No Longer Invisible, Part 1
Tom Hilton, Information Systems
The roles religion plays in US higher education have changed radically since 1636 when Congregationalist Minister John Harvard started America's first university with his deathbed bequest. No Longer Invisible: Religion in University Education, by Jacobsen & Jacobsen, chronicles US religion's evolution from Protestant sponsor through invisible outcast and on to the pluriform preoccupation of the great majority of university students today. Tom started a review of this book and a discussion of its provocative recommendations regarding how university students in today's USA can and should engage religion in their education. Note: Steve Spina (Religious Studies) is leading a CETL-sponsored discussion of this book Fridays at 11:00am in OL 1122.

February 7, 2013 -- Prayer and Fellowship

Jauary 31, 2013 -- Anticipating God's Blessing
Susan Harrison, Math
We studied the Hero of the Faith, Isaac - scripture: Hebrews 11:17-20 and Genesis 27:1-40.

Jauary 24, 2013 -- Pastor Matthew Siakor
Pastor Matthew Siakor is a survivor of the 14-year civil war in Liberia, West Africa. He is the founder and principal of St. Matthew's Academy, a private school with some 640 students. He is the pastor of Mt. of Olives Church and planting a new church called Hilltop. Pastor Matthew is an important partner in overseeing Teamwork Africa in Liberia. Teamwork Africa plants and resources African churches to meet the vital spiritual, physical and social needs in their local communities.

January 24, 2013 -- Christian Faculty/Staff Breakfast

December 13, 2012 -- Singing Christmas Carols

December 6, 2012 -- Fellowship and Prayer

November 29, 2012 -- Bible study, Hebrews 11
Susan Harrison, Math
The third study in our Heroes of Faith series was "Believing the Impossible." It looked at heroes Abraham and Sarah - scripture: Hebrews 11:8-16 and Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7.

November 15, 2012 -- Mission Trip to Kenya
Rachel Debner, a junior at UWEC, spent 7 weeks of the summer of 2012 in Kenya with a group of 40 Intervarsity students. We were encouraged and inspired as she shared stories, pictures, and the excitement of this amazing experience in Africa. She was impressed with both the brokenness and beauty in both Kenya and America.

November 8, 2012 -- Fellowship and Prayer

November 1, 2012 -- Hearing and Doing God's Word on Money
We explored some of the core biblical teachings about money. Part teaching, part discussion, the time was focused on how we can more fully embrace and put into practice a biblical approach to money - the practical aspects and the heart aspects. Matt Bell is the author of 3 personal finance books published by NavPress, Associate Editor at Sound Mind Investing, publisher of the leading investment newsletter written from a Christian perspective, and a speaker who represents Cru on college campuses throughout the country with a money-themed outreach event called 'Ka-Ching!' God used a financial crisis in Matt's life to draw him into a relationship with Christ and to then give him a passion for helping others understand and practice biblical money management.

October 25, 2012 -- Spiritual Reflections on My Month in China
Tom Hilton, Information Systems

October 18, 2012 -- Bible study, Hebrews 11
Susan Harrison, Math
We are in a series of Bible studies this year around the theme "Heroes of Faith." Let them encourage you, inspire you, and help you deepen your own trust in our great God who still keeps all his promises, so that you might live out your faith in radical ways today. The second study: Making Difficult Choice. Hero: Noah; scripture: Hebrews 11:7 and Genesis 6:5-22.

October 11, 2012 -- Fellowship and Prayer

October 4, 2012 -- Fellowship and Prayer

September 27, 2012 -- Bible Study
Susan Harrison, Math
Dr. Harrison will lead us in a series of Bible studies this year around the theme "Heroes of Faith." Join us for a study of Hebrews 11 as we learn about ordinary people who trusted God in radical ways. Let them encourage you, inspire you, and help you deepen your own trust in our great God who still keeps all his promises, so that you might live out your faith in radical ways today. The first study: Pleasing God; Hero: Able; scripture: Hebrews 11:1-6 and Genesis 4:1-12.

September 20, 2012 -- Fellowship and Prayer

September 13, 2012 -- Applications of Documentary on Forgiveness
Lee Anna Rasar, Music
Lee Anna will present excerpts from the documentary Live to Forgive which tracks the journey of a 6th grade boy whose step-father murdered his birth mother. The interviews include but are not limited to the man who committed the murder, the step-son and step-daughter, the blood daughter of the man who committed the murder, and the best friend of the 6th grade boy. The interviews are held 23 years after the murder after the man got out of prison and was hospitalized due to a suicide threat. At that point his step-son decided to fly from Washington state to Tennessee to meet with him. Applications for how this documentary has been used at the juvenile detention center and with male and female adult inmates will be presented.

September 6, 2012 -- Answering our Most Common Questions about Heaven
David Johnson, Cru
David facilitated a discussion about heaven. He quoted a pastor who thought it would be boring and then showed from scripture how joyful and exciting it will be.

August 30, 2012 -- Fall Prayer Luncheon in the New Delany
Keynote: What Were You Thinking? The Power of Thought and Reflection in Serving Others by Dr Hector T Cruz, Professor Emeritus, School of Education, UW-Stout

May 10, 2012 -- planning meeting

May 3, 2012 -- Prayer

April 26, 2012 -- Bible Study
Susan Harrison, Mathematics
We compared the wisdom of Solomon with the wisdom of Jesus

April 19, 2012 -- Mission Trip to Liberia
Shawn Seuferer, CETL

April 5, 2012 -- Prayer

March 15, 2012 -- Prayer

March 8, 2012 -- Evidence for the Resurrection, Dave Johnson, CRU

March 1, 2012 -- Prayer

February 23, 2012 -- Generosity and Greed Bible Study
Susan Harrison, Mathematics
Generosity is not tied to a person's net worth, nor to the face value of the gift. It is not just the rich who can be generous and benevolent. Likewise the wealthy are not the only ones who can hoard what they have. "Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so." (Proverbs 3:27)

February 16, 2012 -- The Holy Spirit and Revival
Dave Johnson, CRU
How do Revival and the filling of the Holy Spirit in us as individuals relate? We will look at being filled with the Holy Spirit in more depth.

February 9, 2012 -- From Living as a Convict to Serving in Christian Ministry
Tommy Krall described how he kicked a 24-year IV drug addiction and left a life of violent street crime, exchanging it for a life of service to others in the community. He was arrested 40 times in 7 states, but after turning to Jesus, he stopped using drugs and started listening to the Holy Spirit who helped him convince two brothers to not kill the young man who killed their little brother. He found the owner of a cell phone and led her to Christ after she found out God speaks to people today.

February 2, 2012 -- Prayer

January 26, 2012 -- Bible Study, Friendship in Proverbs
Susan Harrison, mathematics
Friendship: Real Friendships, Nurturing Friendships, The Power of a Friend’s Influence

December 15, 2011 -- We Sang Christmas Carols

December 8, 2011 -- Students, Faculty, and Faith
Kent Syverson, geology
University faculty are sometimes perceived as intellectual atheists who are unreceptive to issues of faith. Sometimes this perception is true :). Nevertheless, is it possible for students to interact with faculty members in a constructive way about faith issues? This discussion, led by Kent Syverson, was a great opportunity for students and faculty with a missions focus to ask questions and gain insights.

December 1, 2011 -- Fellowship and Prayer

November 17, 2011 -- Humility under God's Mighty [Caring] Hand
Cheryl Brandt, Nursing
What does it mean to cast our care upon God? Cheryl will lead our discussion of 1 Peter 5:5-7.
Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (KJV)

November 10, 2011 -- Fellowship and Prayer

November 3, 2011 -- Fellowship and Prayer

October 27, 2011 -- Proverbs, A Good Name (Clearwater Room)
Susan Harrison, Mathematics
Would you rather have someone tell your children, after you are gone, that you were a rich person or that you were a good, honest, and noble person (19:11)? A person's integrity can gain one honor, glory, and dignity that money cannot buy (22:1).

October 20, 2011 -- Devotions based on the book of Esther
Kent Syverson, Geology
In times of decreasing salaries, less respect for the university from state government, and doing "more with less", why have we been placed in the university? Perhaps "for a time such as this."

October 13, 2011 -- Fellowship and Prayer

October 6, 2011 -- Fellowship and Prayer

September 29, 2011 -- A Body of Believers Coming Together in Norway and Latvia
Brandon Colbenson, junior Management major
Every summer The Navigators has a 40-day discipleship-training program in Norway and Latvia. This summer, 12 Americans, and people from all over Europe had the opportunity to grow spiritually through service, daily quiet times, bible studies and much more. Come hear what the Lord has done this summer in Norway and Latvia.

September 22, 2011 -- Bible Study, Learning from the Best
Susan Harrison, Math
Susan led us in the first of a series of Bible studies this year around the theme "Learning from the best: a topical study of the words of Solomon (select Proverbs) and Christ (select New Testament passages)."

September 15, 2011 -- Parables of the Potter
Lee Anna Rasar, Music Therapy
This DVD describes the meaning of Bible verses referencing pottery. While the speaker is explaining the meaning of the verses that reference pottery, he is doing pottery. The visual image clarifies the interpretation, meaning, and application of those verses in our lives. Applications used with jail inmates were also presented. The presentation ended with a song about pottery, Have Your Own Way.

September 8, 2011 -- KJV: The Making of the King James Bible
Charles Hanson, English & University Honors Program
Arrowhead Room
The year 2011 marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, and as you might expect, this is being celebrated in many ways. Please read the Christianity Today article "A World without the KJV" (Mark Noll, Christianity Today, May 2011) and be ready to watch a DVD on the making of the King James Bible. Chuck will set up the DVD by framing the topic and offering commentary on the history and cultural impact of the KJV.

September 1, 2011 -- Prayer Luncheon
Dr. Bill Hogan spoke on God's faithfulness in academia and industry. Bill is a former provost of Oklahoma State University and a former Chair of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents and he is currently the chairman and CEO of the Hogan Group in the Twin Cities.

May 12, 2011 -- Planning Meeting

May 5, 2011 -- Prayer

April 28, 2011 -- Bible study, Clearwater Room
Susan Harrison, Mathematics
Stress from Overload: Wear and Tear - Matthew 26:36-46
Beating Overload - 2 Corinthians 1:3-11

April 21, 2011 -- Missions and Mountains: Serving God in Norway and Latvia
Senior Katie Jamison (member of The Navigators on campus) shared her experiences hiking in Norway and sharing the love of Jesus with orphaned children in Latvia. God spoke to her through mountains, waterfalls, and juicy-red strawberries.

April 7, 2011 -- Prayer

March 31, 2011 -- A Poet's Approach to the Bible
Emily Krusack, English

March 17, 2011 -- Bible study
Susan Harrison, Mathematics
Stress from Loss: Lost and Found - Luke 24:13-35
Ultimate Hope - Romans 8:18-25, 31-39

March 10, 2011 -- Christianity Today Discussion
Steve Ratering, LTS
The Mind Under Grace - Why a heady dose of doctrine is crucial to spiritual formation. In this article, Darren Marks argues doctrine is not merely a bludgeon, a curiosity, a rearranging of the deck chairs while the ship sinks, rather, it is necessary to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

March 3, 2011 -- Prayer

February 24, 2011 -- Bible study
Steve Ratering, LTS
Stress from Conflict: Conflict Resolution - Mark 11:15-19
Interpersonal Conflict - Ephesians 4:25-32

February 17, 2011 -- Opening Arguments
Lee Anna Rasar, Music Therapy
Opening Arguments is an audio drama produced by Marjorie Cole at Life Recovery in Minnesota. In this segment God is on trial for a variety of crimes against humans. Satan is the prosecuting attorney and Justice is the defense attorney. Cain is called as the first witness. We heard the courtroom examinations of Cain as a witness. Applications for the use of this material with people with addictions and in anger management sessions were provided.

February 10, 2011 -- Christianity Today Discussion
Cheryl Brandt, Nursing
We discussed The Son and the Crescent, an article by Collin Hanson published in the February 2011 issue of Christianity Today. The article discusses the use of a Bible translation that avoids the phrase "Son of God," a concept that is offensive to Muslim people, to tell about Jesus Christ in Muslim countries and among Muslim people. But that translation has some missionaries and scholars very concerned that the omission of "Son of God" fails to convey the important truth about the relationship of God the Son with God the Father. We reviewed the issues on all sides of the controversy as described by the article.

February 3, 2011 -- Prayer

January 27, 2011 -- Bible study
Susan Harrison, Mathematics
Stress from Failures: Fear of Failure - Luke 22: 54-62
Fail-Safe - Romans 7:7-25

December 9, 2010 -- We sang Christmas carols accompanied on the accordion (Dave Johnson) and flute (Lee Anna Rasar)

December 2, 2010 -- Prayer

November 18, 2010 -- Book review of "Kindly Inquisitors" by Jonathan Rauch
Kent Syverson, Geology
Rauch explores how the western world creates knowledge, a process he calls "Liberal Science." According to Rauch, Liberal Science requires the checking of each thought by each person through public criticism.

Rauch argues that Liberal Science is the only way to determine knowledge, but it is being attacked under the banner of fairness and compassion. Says Rauch (1993, p.6),

"...this development is very dangerous. Impelled by the notions that science is oppression and criticism is violence, the central regulation of debate and inquiry is returning to respectability - this time in a humanitarian disguise. In America, in France, in Austria, and Australia and elsewhere, the old principle of the Inquisition is being revived: people who hold wrong or hurtful opinions should be punished for the good of society. If they cannot be put in jail, then they should lose their jobs, be subjected to organized campaigns of vilification, be made to apologize, be pressed to recant. If government cannot do the punishing, then private institutions and pressure groups -- thought vigilantes, in effect -- should do it."

Syverson outlined Rauch's thoughts about threats to knowledge creation in the western world and how we got to this point.

November 11, 2010 -- Christianity Today Discussion
Tom Hilton, Information Systems
The Christianity Today October cover article is "The Reformer," by Yale doctoral student Molly Worthen. The article is about how long-time Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Al Mohler transformed his seminary, helped change the SBC, and challenges today's secular culture.

Tom has supplied a no-ads Word copy of the article commented with his own stream-of-consciousness questions for your reference. He boils the article down to the following possible discussion questions:

  • Is Biblical inerrantism the "right" foundation for Christian faith?
  • Is Calvinism boon, bane, or something else to Southern Baptist-or any-Christian faith tradition?
  • What is the "truth" about predestination and free will?
  • Are Mohler and his associates "right" to have advanced their agenda by such overtly political means?
  • How much "deep theology" does a run-of-the-mill Christian need to know?

November 4, 2010 -- Prayer

October 28, 2010 -- Bible study
Susan Harrison, Mathematics
Stress from Work: Stress in the Workplace - Matthew 20:1-16
The Workaholic - 2 Corinthians 11:16-33

October 21, 2010 -- Landmines and Emotional Weather: Metaphors for How to Deal with Problems Encountered in the Journey of Life,
Lee Anna Rasar, Music Therapy
A board game about how to deal with problems encountered in life shows choices which lead to destruction and choices which lead to restoration. This game was created by both male and female inmates at the Eau Claire County Jail this past summer and will be presented along with a similar game which is currently being developed by female participants in a regional addictions program. The game developed by the inmates uses the metaphor of landmines to examine problems encountered and options for how to respond to the problems. The game being developed by the women in the addictions program uses the metaphor of emotional weather to examine problems and is similar in structure to the game created by the inmates. The process of personal assessment was used to create the categories and options for responses that represent mental, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual arenas in life.

October 14, 2010 -- Christianity Today Discussion
Cheryl Brandt, Nursing
The CT September cover article, The ironic world of hipster faith is a synopsis of Brett McCracken's recently-published book on hipster Christianity. We discussed hipster Christianity and McCracken's description of it.

October 7, 2010 -- Prayer

September 30, 2010 -- IVCF student presentations
Aimee Brasseur, a senior psychology major, worked at the Circle Urban Project, a partnership that InterVarsity has with an urban ministry in Chicago.
Alex Petrulis, an almost junior liberal studies major, worked at IV’s premier student training event, the month-long InterVarsity Leadership Institute, or IVLI. (previously known as School of Leadership Training)
Chelcea Boesiger, a junior Latin American studies major, worked as a missionary on her study abroad semester, joining up with a student group from one of InterVarsity's sister movements in South America.

September 23, 2010 -- Bible study
Susan Harrison, Mathematics
Stressed Out - Isaiah 40:28-31
Stress from Worry: Worry Warts - Matthew 5:25-34
Winning over Worry - Philippians 4:2-9

September 16, 2010 -- Constructing a Personal Development Plan for Your Semester
Dave Johnson, Campus Crusade for Christ
We looked at a biblical basis for this and then went through an outline and worksheet for setting action steps for different areas of our lives as God gives us wisdom. This was a challenging and practical exercise.
Personal Development Plan Basis
How to Write A Personal Development Plan

September 9, 2010 -- Mosque near Ground Zero Discussion
Kent Syverson, Geology
The proposed mosque in downtown New York City has been in the news for several months, and it is still a politically hot topic.  Should this mosque be built two blocks from Ground Zero? 

Kent facilitated a discussion about the NYC mosque controversy and its implications for working in the university.  Below are three links with some information (and commentary) about the controversy.

September 1, 2010 -- Fall Luncheon, The Compatibility of Christianity and Science
Dr. Jeff Hardin
Professor and Chair, Department of Zoology
University of Wisconsin -- Madison

May 6, 2010 -- Prayer and Fellowship

April 29, 2010 -- Bible Study James 4:13 - 5:6
Facilitator: Steve Ratering, LTS
James 4:13 - 5:6, Boasting, Wealth

    4:13-17 Boasting about Tomorrow
  • Do you get the impression that James is opposed to planning?
  • Is he opposed to making a profit?
  • What is his message to these businessmen (v. 17)
  • What is the sin that these businessmen are practicing?
  • Notice that James moves directly from the sin of boasting (a sin of commission) to another type of sin in v. 17. What is it?
    5:1-6 Warning to the Wealthy
  • James is speaking to two distinct audiences. Who are they?
  • In the first four chapters James is addressing all Jewish Christians. But the first six verses in ch. 5 are specifically addressed to wealthy Jews who he considers to be "rich oppressors". These six verses are written similarly to Old Testament verses that address pagans. Therefore, do you believe James is writing to Jews that are or are not Christians in these verses? How does the tone of James change at the start of ch. 5?
  • Is James opposed to wealth? What is his concern?
  • As a believer, where is our treasure?

April 22, 2010 -- Bible Study on James (3:13-4:12)
Facilitator: Susan Harrison, Mathematics
James 3:13 - 18 Two Kinds of Wisdom

  • What does James say is the evidence of wisdom (verse 13)?
  • How is earthly wisdom characterized (verses 14-15)?
  • What is the result of earthly wisdom (verse 16)?
  • How is heavenly wisdom described (verse 17)?
  • What is the result of heavenly wisdom (verse 18)?
James 4:1-4:12 Submit Yourself to God
  • In Verse 4:1, who is fighting and quarreling? How does James explain it?
  • What is James criticizing in Verses 4:2-3?
  • In Verse 4:4, why does James use the phrase 'adulterous people?'
  • In James 4:6, how can we avoid loving the world?
  • In James 4:7-10, James offers ten commands. Name them.
  • What is James saying in Verses 4:11-12?

March 25, 2010 -- An Unruly Tongue, Study of James 3:1-12
Facilitator: Susan Harrison, Mathematics.

  • In verse 3:1, who was James warning about becoming a teacher? And why?
  • In verse 2, is James talking about what we say or what we don't say?
  • James gives four examples of a small thing controlling or overpowering a large one. What are they? Why does he emphasize the negative example of the fire so much more than the positive examples of the horse's bit or ship's rudder?
  • If no human being can control the tongue (verse 8), why bother trying?
  • Have you ever said contradictory things as in verses 9-12? Which speech pattern represents your true identity?

March 18, 2010 -- Prayer and Fellowship

March 11, 2010 -- The Mystery of Grace in Flannery O'Connor's Fiction
Chuck Hanson, English
In remarks she made before a reading of her stories at Hollins College in 1963, Flannery O'Connor declared that it was her Christian view of life which enabled and equipped her to be a writer of fiction.  "Belief, in my own case," she wrote, "is the engine that makes perception operate."  Although O'Connor died in 1964, overcome at last by a chronic inflammatory disease known as lupus, her stories live on, fifty years later, still amusing and entertaining us and provoking us to think about the mysterious workings of God's grace in ordinary human lives.  Pastor Tim Keller is a well-known contemporary Christian author and speaker who has found that O'Connor's stories often provide pertinent illustrations of important theological points.  In his bestselling book The Reason for God, Keller draws upon several of O'Connor's most famous stories to clarify and support his exposition of the gospel.  It was Keller's use of such stories as Revelation and A Good Man Is Hard to Find that inspired this Thursday forum presentation by Dr. Chuck Hanson, now an emeritus member of the English Department but still teaching in the University Honors Program.  In addition to the two O'Connor stories just mentioned, we also discussed Parker's Back which has been a favorite among students at UW-Eau Claire. 

March 4, 2010 -- Prayer and Fellowship

February 25, 2010 -- Bible Study on James 2:14-26 "Faith and Deeds"
Facilitator: Susan Harrison, Mathematics

  • In verse 2:14, James speaks of a person having faith without deeds and asks, "Can such faith save him?" Can it?
  • Doesn't James 2:18 contradict Paul in Romans 3:28 when he writes "man is justified (saved) by faith without the deeds (works) of the law"?
  • What is the point of verse 19?
  • How do the examples in the rest of the chapter relate to verses 14-19?

February 18, 2010 -- To the Beat of a Different Drum: Rastafarianism Meets Jesus.
Music Therapy Intern Brittney Schedler discussed her recent trip to the island of Jamaica and shared stories of how she learned to step out of her comfort zone and bring Christ to people who are steeped in the religion of Rastafarianism.  This trip was focused on bringing music to people who are hurting, yet she was so blessed to find that many of these people were content in almost unbearable situations because of their faith in God.  We learned about how the students who went were able use their chosen career paths to leave a huge impact on the community in which they stayed, and about how she plans on using this passion to help Jamaican people in the future.

February 11, 2010 -- Christianity Today Discussion

Steve Ratering, LTS, led a discussion of Sports Fanatics: How Christians have succumbed to the sports culture—and what might be done about it the Christianity Today February 2010 cover story and the short related articles, The Joy of Sports, Stay in the Struggle, and Amen, and a Foul.

February 4, 2010 -- Prayer and Fellowship

January 28, 2010 -- Bible Study on James, chapter 2

Questions for James 2:1-13 "Favoritism Forbidden"
  • To whom was James writing and how does he describe them?
  • Where is James prohibiting discrimination specifically (vs 2:2)?
  • How does the world treat the wealthy vs. the poor?
  • What is the obvious contradiction in Verse 2:5?
  • What is the insult to the poor in Verse 2:6?
  • Do we experience what James describes in Verses 2:6 and 7?
  • Since there was no "social policy" in the first century as there is today, what was James suggesting in Verse 8?
  • What is the point of Verse 2:10?
  • Of which of Jesus’ teachings do verses 2:12 and 13 remind you?
  • Are Christians under the Law?  What was the purpose of the Law?

December 10, 2009 -- Study of James 1:19-27 Listening and Doing
Facilitator: Susan Harrison, Mathematics.

  • What is the wisdom expressed in Verse 19? (Proverbs 10:19, 10:32, 12:18, 13:3, 15:31-32)
  • What are some characteristics of a wise person who you know?
  • In verse 1:19 is James saying that anger is wrong?
  • What does anger lead us into? (Proverbs 14:17, 29:22, Psalm 37:8, Colossians 3:21)
  • What is the command in verse 1:21?
  • How do we shed "moral filth and evil" (NIV)? (See 1 John 1:9)
  • In verses 1:21, 22 and 23, James refers to the "word." To what does that refer? (James 1:18, Jeremiah 31:33-34)
  • How are we to react to that 'word' and what are we to do with it?
  • What does being a doer of the word prove about us? (Acts 26:20)
  • Why does James use such a preposterous analogy in verses 1:23-24?
  • What is the 'law' that James refers to in verse 1:25 and why is it perfect?
  • How does obedience provide freedom? (Isaiah 55:7-9, Luke 6:46-49)
  • What is the difference between knowing and doing God's will?
  • What freedom or liberty does doing God's will provide? (Romans 8:2)
  • Does that mean that it is all 'smooth sailing' for us as believers? (John 16:33)
  • What does the world think that the word 'religion' means? When someone is described as 'religious' on the street or in a movie, what is meant?
  • What does James say is the key characteristic of religious behavior?
  • If we do not control our tongue, who are we kidding?
  • How do we know that someone is a believer? (Titus 3:8, 1 Peter 1:13-16)
  • What does James say is the 'religion' that God accepts?

December 3, 2009 -- Prayer and Fellowship

November 19, 2009 -- Camp Barnabas Texas
A. J. Schuh, senior Music Therapy student involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, shared his experiences working at a Christian summer camp for children with special needs.  He briefly went over the history of the camp, his own duties and responsibilities as a staff activity leader for music therapy, and his personal faith lessons learned throughout the month of this past June.

November 12, 2009 -- Study of James 1:1-18 Trials and Temptations (beginning with verse 9)
Facilitator: Susan Harrison, Mathematics.

  • What is the "spiritual contradiction" raised in vs. 9-11? (See the parable of the sower in Mark 4:3-20 for Jesus' words on this subject.)
  • In what should we take pride? (vs 9, Romans 15:17, Gal 6:4)
  • What is the difference between God's view of wealth and the world's view?
  • What is the difference between a "trial" and a "temptation"?
  • Where do temptations come from? (Matt 4:1, 18:7-9, Mark 9:42-50, 1 Cor 7:5)
  • How should we deal with temptation? (Matt 4:1-11, 26:41, Luke 22:40, 46, 1 Cor 10:13, Heb 4:15, 2 Tim 2:22, 1 Peter 5:8)
  • What is the difference between the "birth description" in verse 15 and verse 18?
  • How would you summarize the first 18 verses of James? What actions are called for?

November 5, 2009 -- Prayer and Fellowship

October 29, 2009 -- Bible Study on James 1:1-18
James was a simple, homespun preacher, perturbed at people who were not living right. His letter covers a wide range of topics, applying the Christian faith to specific problems, and commanding readers to live out their beliefs. We started a study of the book of James – the Proverbs of the New Testament. Facilitator: Susan Harrison, Mathematics.

  • Who was the author of this letter? (Matt 13:55, Mark 6:3, Luke 24:10, Gal 1:19)
  • When did James become a disciple of Jesus? (1 Cor 15:7)
  • What stature did he have in the early church? (Acts 1:13-14, 12:17, 15:13, 21:17-19)
  • To whom was he writing this letter? When? Why?
  • Notice the three themes; hardship, perseverance, and wisdom. What does James say is the purpose for hardship? (James 1:2-3, Romans 5:1-5, 1 Peter 1:3-9)
  • What does he tell us about perseverance? (Romans 2:7, 8:24-25, 2 Cor 6:3-7, 2 Peter 1:3-9)
  • Where does he tell us to seek wisdom? (James 1:5, Job 28:28, Ps 111:10, Prov 2:6 and 29:15, 1 Cor 12:8, Col 3:16. Also see first four chapters of Proverbs)
  • How should we treat doubt? (Ps 33:4, Matt 21:21-22)
  • What is the "spiritual contradiction" raised in vs. 9-11? (See the parable of the sower in Mark 4:3-20 for Jesus' words on this subject.)
  • In what should we take pride? (vs 9, Romans 15:17, Gal 6:4)
  • What is the difference between God's view of wealth and the world's view?
  • What is the difference between a "trial" and a "temptation"?
  • Where do temptations come from? (Matt 4:1, 18:7-9, Mark 9:42-50, 1 Cor 7:5)
  • How should we deal with temptation? (Matt 4:1-11, 26:41, Luke 22:40, 46, 1 Cor 10:13, Heb 4:15, 2 Tim 2:22, 1 Peter 5:8)
  • What is the difference between the "birth description" in verse 15 and verse 18?
  • How would you summarize the first 18 verses of James? What actions are called for?

October 22, 2009 -- Bible Study, Walking in the Spirit
Facilitated by Lee Anna Rasar, Music Therapy

  • Romans 7: 14 – 8: 11
  • Galatians 5: 16 – 25
  • Ephesians 6: 10 – 18
This Bible Study examined the spiritual battle between the flesh and the Spirit as it is described in these passages by using metaphors from sermons by Dr. Tony Evans. These metaphors have been very helpful with jail inmates who really struggle with this battle. The metaphors have provided insight to them which helped them understand what these verses mean. The metaphors not only helped with comprehension but also explained how to assess and put into practice the desired changes, basically training them in how to fight their daily battles.

October 15, 2009 -- Social Justice at its Finest: Just Care, Inc.
Lee Anna Rasar and Jeni Olson, Music Therapy
This presentation showcased programming and effects of programming at the nation’s first and only private detention healthcare company. Lee Anna Rasar and Jeni Olson reported on their visit to this facility to provide sample music therapy sessions for the 374 residents.

Just Care, Inc. was established in 1998 as the nation's first private detention healthcare company to provide quality, cost-effective medical and mental health services in a secure environment.  Just Care's flagship facility, Columbia Regional Care Center in Columbia, South Carolina, provides sub-acute, skilled intermediate and hospice care for conditions such as AIDS, cancer, cardiac disease, dialysis, life support, mental health treatment and special needs programs. This hospital prison which houses people who are legally considered not guilty by reason of mental insanity has achieved incredible results in violence elimination. We heard about prison officials who are called caregivers instead of guards and learned about the results that respect for humans can yield in a population that was previously so violent that they were kept sedated under the care of nursing staff and prison guards and maintained behind bars.

October 8, 2009 -- Christianity Today discussion
Cheryl Brandt, Dept. of Nursing, led a discussion of two Christianity Today articles/documents, both available on line. They are:

We had a discussion about Christian theologian John Calvin and how one application of his nearly 500-year-old writings to contemporary U.S. political thought actually appears to be at odds with the thoughts of a well known U.S. politician whom many evangelical Christians admire.  Key to the discussion was a consideration of how one’s Christian theology translates into daily thought, belief, and action.

October 1, 2009 -- Fellowship and Prayer

September 24, 2009 -- Does God Want Christians to be Rich?
Facilitated by Susan Harrison, Department of Math

September 17, 2009 -- The 4th Journey – UWEC students follow after Paul in taking the gospel to the Middle East
UWEC Student Impact mission team to the Middle East
We heard from UW Eau Claire students who spent 6 weeks of their summers sharing Christ and engaging with Muslim university students about spiritual things. They shared about the culture and religion, as well as their personal experiences during their time in the Middle East.

September 10, 2009 -- The Case for Early Marriage
Cheryl Brandt, Department of Nursing
Cheryl led a discussion on the Mark Regnerus article from Christianity Today, August 2009 (Vol 53, No 8), pp. 22-28, True love waits. Or should it? Mark Regnerus, a sociology professor at the University of Texas-Austin, makes a case for Christians to marry early.

September 1, 2009 -- Prayer Luncheon - It Could Happen Here
Kathryn Proctor-Duax, Professor Emerita of the Department of Music and Theatre Arts

April 30, 2009 -- Jennie Morvak and Elizabeth Schrader
Jennie and Elizabeth reported on their six months in Cambodia ministering to girls rescued from sex trafficking.

April 23, 2009 -- Are Mormons Christians?
Tom Hilton, Chair of the Department of Information Systems and bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Eau Claire
Tom spoke generally from the perspective of the book Are Mormons Christians?, by Stephen E. Robinson. He also answered questions regarding:

  • The Trinity, the nature of God, etc.
  • The Fall, the moral nature of humans, the problem of evil, etc.
  • Jesus’ roles as Teacher, Savior, Redeemer, etc.
  • Scripture, the Holy Bible, Book of Mormon, etc.
  • Revelation, inspiration, etc.
  • Millennialism, the future of the world, the Second Coming, etc.

April 9, 2009 -- The Power Base of Christian Living
Dave Johnson, Campus Crusade for Christ & Graduate of Stanford University in Economics
Is the Christian life difficult....or....impossible? The way you approach your walk with Christ can make all the difference.

April 2, 2009 -- Prayer

March 26, 2009 -- God at War and Satan and the Problem of Evil
Jay Anderson, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
     In the book God at War, and its companion volume, Satan and The Problem of Evil, author Greg Boyd lays out his rationale for a position that has come to be known as open theism.  In short, the theory is an expansion of the traditional Arminian position.  Boyd argues that not only does God not predetermine the future choices of humans, but that he does not exhaustively know them until they occur, a view that some hold is heretical. 

March 12, 2009 -- The Case for Faith
Tom Hilton, Chair of the Department of Information Systems and bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Eau Claire
Tom led a discussion of The Case for Faith, by Lee Strobel. Strobel, who turned from atheism to Christianity, wrote the book in the style of his vocation of investigative journalism to reply to what he believes are the eight most serious potential objections to believing in the Christian God:

  • Since Evil and Suffering Exist, a Loving God Cannot
  • Since Miracles Contradict Science, They Cannot Be True
  • Evolution Explains Life, So God Isn’t Needed
  • God Isn’t Worthy of Worship if He Kills Innocent Children
  • It’s Offensive to Claim Jesus Is the Only Way to God
  • A Loving God Would Never Torture People in Hell
  • Church History Is Littered with Oppression and Violence
  • I Still Have Doubts, So I Can’t Be a Christian
Naturally, Strobel does not give the final answer on any of these huge questions, but he does offer many touching insights and helpful perspectives.

February 26 and March 5, 2009 -- Life in Saudi Arabia, slide show
We watched a slide show by Dr. Birney Dibble depicting the life of an American surgeon at a Saudi Arabian military hospital in the land of Midian. Dr. Birney Dibble answered questions the second week.

February 19, 2009 -- The loss of right of conscience, the loss of a free country. Is Wisconsin the testing grounds for the Freedom of Choice Act?
Karen Mueller, Attorney at Law and ally of the Alliance Defense Fund

Karen spoke on the UW-Madison plan to begin performing second-trimester abortions.  The issue in this case is not pro-life vs. pro-choice but rather the right of healthcare workers to conscientiously object to participating in abortions based upon religious or moral grounds.  Related to that issue is the right of Wisconsin taxpayer's to not have their tax dollars pay for abortions.  She will also speak about the Freedom of Choice Act which is expected to be reintroduced in Congress soon and the repeal of the Hyde amendment.  FOCA, if passed and Hyde if repealed, will make these issues at UW-Madison moot, since federal law would then require all healthcare facilities to perform abortions, and would deny the right to conscientiously object by healthcare workers everywhere in the country.  This proposed law would reinstate the barbaric third-trimester partial-birth abortion and would end all restrictive parental consent laws.

February 12, 2009 -- Prisoners of Hope
Lee Anna Rasar presented a video of ten veterans who were in prison camps in Vietnam. They shared how their faith helped them survive and how their faith was stretched through torture.

February 5, 2009 -- The Biblical Model of Leadership
We listened to recording of a talk by Kenneth Elzinga, Professor of Economics, University of Virginia, given at the National Faculty Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C. in June, 2008.

January 29, 2009 -- Discerning Christian Versus Secular Principles in the Academy
Kathy Duax presented a recording of a talk by Mary Poplin, Professor of Education at Claremont Graduate University, given at the National Faculty Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C. in June, 2008.

December 11, 2008 -- We Sang Christmas Carols

December 4, 2008 -- A Visit to The Shack
Chuck Hanson

Without a doubt, the publishing surprise of 2008 has been the phenomenal success of a work of Christian fiction, a 256-page self-published novel, titled The Shack.   According to a review published in Christianity Today, as of July 9 the novel was listed by The New York Times and Publishers Weekly as the top seller in paperback fiction; it ranked #5 in Web sales at Amazon and #6 in sales at Barnes and Noble; it had spent 22 weeks on USA Today's Top 150 bestsellers list and was ranked at that midsummer date in the #5 position.  The review also reported that a feature-length film based on the novel was possibly in the works.  While many were astonished that a work of Christian fiction could enjoy such remarkable success, the book has not met with approval in all Christian circles.  The Shack has been attacked vigorously, even vehemently, by some Christian readers, who charge that it is guilty of theological heresy.  Other Christian readers, however, have defended the book, describing it as inspiring, encouraging, and spiritually uplifting.  Clearly, the novel has been the basis for much discussion and controversy.

Dr. Chuck Hanson presented an informal analysis and critique of The Shack.  We, first of all, looked at  the book from a literary point of view, to see it as a fictional narrative, a story; and considered it in relation to other Christian stories of its kind, such stories as John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress and C.S. Lewis's The Great Divorce.  Secondly, we started to examine the conflict that has arisen concerning the theological implications of the book.  Chuck's aim was not to take sides but to consider both sides, weighing the arguments for and against the book as a theological text.  We started to discuss human suffering and the problem of evil.

November 20, 2008 -- Mission Trip Report, Poland
Mandy Adams, senior Kinesiology major, reported on her 3 1/2 weeks at a Christian camp in Poland this past summer.

November 13, 2008 -- God is Faithful – My Personal, Scripture-based Christian Testimony Kent Syverson, Department of Geology
Kent presented his personal, Scripture-based Christian testimony.  He took us "into the wilderness" and brought us back out again!

November 6, 2008 -- Learning from a Suffering Savior
Warren Henderson, aerospace engineer, author, evangelist, church planter
A devotional study at the foot of the cross. We explored the various Gospel accounts of the crucifixion scene to understand the Lord’s powerful testimony of patiently suffering in the will of God.

October 30, 2008 -- Mission Trip Report, Russia
Katie Beeson, a junior Psychology and Spanish major, and Ben Colbenson, a junior Geography major reported on their month-long trip to Russia this past summer with the Navigators.

October 23, 2008 -- Prayer Meeting

October 16, 2008 -- World Hope Project
Elizabeth Schrader was in town before leaving for six months in Cambodia with Jenny Morvak. Elizabeth gave a report and we prayed for her, Jenny, and the girls they will be ministering to. See also September 6, 2007.

October 2 & 9 2008 -- Yoga Uncoiled, Parts 1 & 2
Lee Anna Rasar, Music Therapy
This DVD includes a discussion of yoga by Westerners who have incorporated yoga in their church programming as well as by Hindi yogis who have been yoga teachers for decades. The divergent perspectives of people from Western cultures, Eastern cultures, and people who have taught yoga to relatively small classes for a few years compared to the perspectives of people who have taught yoga to thousands of people for over 50 years raises many questions for consideration.

September 25, 2008 -- The Same God? Comparing the Bible with the Koran
J. Birney Dibble, MD
Dr. Dibble, spent his career in general surgery in the Eau Claire area. A devout Christian, Dr. Dibble has sought to inform his medical practice with the gospel of Christ, spending 12 of his 15 years since retirement doing charity medical work in some of the poorest regions of the world. Dr. Dibble presented a summary of his book, The Same God?, in which he seeks to illuminate similarities and differences in the Christian and Muslim concepts of God by comparing relevant passages from the Bible and Koran. To find out more about Dr. Dibble and the book, go to click on "About the author" and "The Same God?"

September 18, 2008 -- Hymns of Faith
Tom Hilton, Information Systems
A professor of information systems by trade, Tom Hilton has enjoyed sacred music of his own and others’ composition most of his life. In this presentation, Tom shared Mormon hymns as well as spiritual experiences associated with the music that has enriched his Christian faith.

September 11, 2008 -- Discussion on An Evangelical Manifesto
Steve Ratering, Learning and Technology Services
The manifesto introduction: An Evangelical Manifesto is an open declaration of who Evangelicals are and what they stand for. It has been drafted and published by a representative group of Evangelical leaders who do not claim to speak for all Evangelicals, but who invite all other Evangelicals to stand with them and help clarify what Evangelical means in light of "confusions within and the consternation without" the movement. As the Manifesto states, the signers are not out to attack or exclude anyone, but to rally and to call for reform.

As an open declaration, An Evangelical Manifesto addresses not only Evangelicals and other Christians but other American citizens and people of all other faiths in America, including those who say they have no faith. It therefore stands as an example of how different faith communities may address each other in public life, without any compromise of their own faith but with a clear commitment to the common good of the societies in which we all live together.

For those who are Evangelicals, the deepest purpose of the Manifesto is a serious call to reform—an urgent challenge to reaffirm Evangelical identity, to reform Evangelical behavior, to reposition Evangelicals in public life, and so rededicate ourselves to the high calling of being Evangelical followers of Jesus Christ.

September 4, 2008 -- Jungle Missionary Steve Saint
Lee Anna Rasar, Music Therapy
This video interview with Steve Saint updates us on his work with the Waodani, including stories about Mincaye’s visit to the U.S. Mincaye was among the men who killed Steve’s father, and he treated Steve like a son when Steve was young and living in Amazon country. When Steve later brought his own family to live with the Waodani, his children called Mincaye grandfather. For his high school graduation present, one of Steve’s sons asked Grandfather Mincaye to attend his graduation. Steve tells of Mincaye’s visit and overviews his own early years with his father in Waodani country through his present work for them. This video challenges us to examine the two cultures and evaluate our perspectives.

August 26, 2008 -- Fall Prayer Luncheon -- Prayer on Fire
Bill Mellien, Professor Emeritis of the Department of Music and Theatre Arts

How's your prayer life? You routinely connect with God is prayer but do you long for something more? Prayer on Fire is what happens when your initiative to meet God in prayer connects with His initiative to meet you with His passionate presence.

Bill retired from UWEC in 2001 to take a Worship Arts position at Valleybrook Church. In 2004, he co-founded Chippewa Valley Partners in Prayer which is an inter-denominational prayer ministry that meets regularly at various churches arounmd the Valley to pray for them, their pastors, and the Chippewa Valley.

In 2005, God called Bill and his wife Mollie onto the mission field - the local mission field - so Bill left his position at Valleybrook as they founded Boots 'n Bibles, an inter-denominational country music ministry. The nine-piece Boots 'n Bibles Band plays contemporary and classic country music as well as your favorite old Gospel songs. In a concert atmosphere, Bill shares the Gospel by "unwrapping" a favorite country song. They have presented concerts at numerous churches, Owen Park, Chippewa Falls Middle School, the Northern Center, and at "their home" - Trinity Equestrian Center. Over 50 folks have come to Christ through the Boots 'n Bibles Outreach and thousands have been entertained as well.

May 1, 2008 -- Eric Liddell
Lee Anna Rasar, Music Therapy
We watched a 35-minute video of Eric Liddell's biography. Eric was featured in the Chariots of Fire movie. He refused to run his best race in the Olympics because he went to church on Sundays and wouldn't run on a Sunday. He did enter in two other races and won the gold for Scotland in both. He then went back to China as a missionary and died in an internment camp there when the Japanese invaded.

April 17 & 24, 2008 -- What Would Jesus Do At Your University?
Dave Johnson, Student Impact
We discussed the WWJDAYU pamphlet by Dr. Mellichamp.

April 3, 2008 -- "How Do You Know?"
Epistemological Thoughts on Empiricism, Logic, and Faith

Tom Hilton, Information Systems
Continuing the discussion started by Doc Reid last February, Tom Hilton led a discussion of how people "know" things, be they scientific or religious. As bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Eau Claire and professor/chair of the UWEC Department of Information Systems, Tom has spent his whole life grappling with questions of truth, knowledge, information, faith, etc.

He picked up where Doc left off (with his presentation of knowledge as mental model-building) and provided the following links (at Doc’s request) as advance reading for those who wished to prepare beforehand:

"The Correspondence Theory of Truth", (Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
"Epistemology", especially the section on knowledge (Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
"Information", (Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia)

Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians, chapter 13 (Holy Bible, King James Version)
The Gospel of John, chapter 8 (Holy Bible, King James Version)

"Gaining Knowledge of Eternal Truths", (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith)
The Book of Moroni, chapter 10 (Book of Mormon)
Section 93 of the Doctrine and Covenants, especially verses 1, 8-17, 24-40
Book of Alma, Chapter 32 (Book of Mormon)

Note that the links are not listed in order of priority and are grouped for convenience as secular, Biblical Christian, and Mormon Christian.

March 27, 2008 -- Warriors and Rugburns: Romania and Missional Ecclesiology
Pastor Matt Ohime, Eau Claire Wesleyan Church
Matt went to Romania hoping to make a difference.  He was rewarded with an even greater blessing and a steep education.  In reflection of his 5+ years in Romania, he believes God has given him a new way of looking at how we "do" church!  This is not a one size fits all variety, this is simply making the goal of world evangelization the main God always directed.

March 13, 2008 -- Emerging Church, Second Reformation, and Interfaith Spirituality
Lee Anna Rasar, Music Therapy
Quotes from emerging church leaders, new age leaders, and traditional Christian church leaders who promote interfaith spirituality will be compared and contrasted among these philosophical/theological groups and with scripture.

March 6, 2008 -- 70 x 7: Forgiveness to the Extreme
Lee Anna Rasar, Music Therapy
This DVD portrayed the true story of a young drug dealer who is stopped by a policeman who actually shares the gospel with him instead of arresting him. The young man and his wife end up taking their 3 children to the policeman's home for a Bible study. After becoming Christians, the young man and his family minister to and take in 22 homeless people to live with them in a one-bedroom apartment. They get evicted for doing so. When they go to the policeman to see if he knows of any place they can live, the policeman and his wife open up their own home. They do not have enough money to feed all these people, but God supplies the cooked food through community members ringing the doorbell with food. As the community involvement increases, a pastor and church pay for an apartment for the homeless and secure this young man to run that ministry. The policeman and his wife work with the family to start a program that ultimately feeds over 1000 people weekly. The young man is found to be in the last stages of throat cancer. The doctor recommends intensive radiation, and taking out his tongue and larynx. He agrees to the radition, but wanted to keep his tongue and larynx so he could continue ministering with his voice. Many people pray and he receives radiation and is healed of the cancer.

February 28, 2008 -- We met for Prayer
We also heard from Caleb Gerdes ( and the launch of Human Trafficking Abolitionists.

February 21, 2008 -- Heidi Gajda and her trip to Romania
We heard Heidi talk about her two summers in Romania and her work with orphans through Livada.

February 14, 2008 -- Science as Model, Part 2
Walter (Doc) Reid, Mathematics
We discussed the String/M Theory video Doc presented last week as well as models and multiverses.

February 7, 2008 -- Science as Model
Walter (Doc) Reid, Mathematics
We watched a NOVA film on String Theory. The issue of multiverses was introduced at the end of that film. The film demonstrates the playfullness and seriousness with which some physicists take their models.

January 31, 2008 -- Geology, Part 2
Kent Syverson, Geology
We looked at more pictures from Devils Lake State Park and continued the discussion.

January 24, 2008 -- Christian Geologist Examines Evidence for an Old Earth
Kent Syverson, Geology
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1
This is a foundational concept of the Christian faith. Kent Syverson argued that the AGE of the earth, however, is not a salvation issue, even though it is becoming such in some evangelical Christian circles.
Syverson, a Christian who is also a geologist, will begin a two-part series exploring geological evidence for an old earth. Syverson will show slides of rocks and structures in Devils Lake State Park to illustrate how a geologist "reads" the rock record.

December 13, 2007 -- We Sang Christmas Carols

December 6, 2007 -- Ending Extreme Poverty and Hunger, What will it take to achieve the Millennium Development Goals?
Mike Batell, Bread for the World
Do you want to learn more about the issues of extreme poverty, malaria and HIV/AIDS? Do you want to find out how you can get involved in the fight against hunger and poverty? Bread for the World is coming to campus. Come learn more about these issues and how you can get involved in advocacy for change. Bread for the World’s Field Organizer will be presenting on the current state of global poverty and the practical solutions that have proven effective. Ideas and materials for raising awareness and effectively advocating as a voice for poor and hungry people will be provided.

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Bread for the World is a collective Christian (though open to all) voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.

Every three seconds, a child dies of completely preventable and treatable diseases. In fact, just in the short time since you started reading this announcement, at least 9 children have died simply because they cannot afford the medicines or vaccines that would save their lives. It doesn't have to be this way. Our generation is the first in history that holds all of the tools necessary to change so much of this. Through simple investments in education, basic health care, and clean water that have proven to produce results, our world now knows how to empower people to lift themselves up out of extreme poverty. Bednets that cost as little as $2 have been shown to reduce malaria cases by over 50%. Life-saving AIDS medicines from generic manufacturers now cost just $1/day. Studies conducted by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health estimate that the lives of over 6 million children could be saved each year if each US and EU citizen spent $7 on behalf of these children for basic health care and clean water.

November 29, 2007 -- Jennie Morvak Reported on her Trip to Cambodia where she visited shelters for children rescued from the sex trade

November 15, 2007 -- Prayer

November 8, 2007 -- Forgiveness: The Tanya Faye Tucker Story
Lee Anna Rasar, Music Therapy
Lee Ann showed a video documentary in which the husband and the brother of a woman who was murdered by Tanya Faye Tucker present two differing views about forgiveness. Tanya Faye Tucker, who had brutally killed two people, was executed by lethal injection. She is interviewed prior to her execution, and the brother of the woman she killed is interviewed at different points in his life. This brother later become friends with Tanya Faye and visited her in prison. The husband of the woman who was murdered is interviewed at the prison with the crowd that gathered at the time of the actual execution. Arguments for both views on forgiveness were presented.

November 1, 2007 -- We Continued our Discussion of Christianity and Evolution

October 25, 2007 -- Dr. Francis Collins and The Language of God, Part 2
Chuck Hanson, English Professor Emeritus
Although science and religion are often at odds in contemporary American thought, Dr. Francis Collins, in a best-selling book titled The Language of God, first tells how he became a Christian and then addresses a number of issues related to science and faith. An eminent scientist, Dr. Collins is the head of the Human Genome Project, working "at the cutting edge of the study of DNA, the code of life. Yet he is also a man of unshakable faith in God and scripture." According to the description appearing on the inside-front bookflap, "Dr. Collins provides a satisfying solution for the dilemma that haunts everyone who believes in God and respects science." The presentation by Dr. Chuck Hanson continued the descriptive review of The Language of God and a reflection on some of the issues that it addressed.

October 18, 2007 -- How is God Speaking Through Today's Country Music?
Bill Mellien, missionary and cofounder of Boots 'n Bibles Outreach and Professor Emeritus of Theatre
Many popular country music songs address spiritual issues. Bill shared Brooks and Dunn's hit song Believe and a three-point sermon based on the video.

October 11, 2007 -- Spiritual Techniques - Holy and Unholy Spirits, Part 2
Lee Anna Rasar, Music Therapy
According to Thomas Keating, the father of the modern day centering (contemplative) prayer movement that is sweeping widely within evangelical circles, the silence or sacred space that is reached during contemplative prayer/centering prayer is the same state that is reached during what is called kundalini, the serpent force of yoga within a Hindu belief system. Kundalini involves activation through a chakra system in which a universal energy flows through a human being and through all of creation, uniting all and acknowledging divinity in all things and all people. Keating explains that the reason spiritual directors are needed is to help guide the Christian contemplative because of the powerful and dangerous nature of kundalini. He says that these "spiritual directors" may need to consult with Eastern teachers in order to get a fuller understanding.

October 4, 2007 -- We met for prayer

September 27, 2007 -- Dr. Francis Collins and The Language of God, Part 1
Chuck Hanson, English Professor Emeritus
Although science and religion are often at odds in contemporary American thought, Dr. Francis Collins, in a best-selling book titled The Language of God, first tells how he became a Christian and then addresses a number of issues related to science and faith. An eminent scientist, Dr. Collins is the head of the Human Genome Project, working "at the cutting edge of the study of DNA, the code of life. Yet he is also a man of unshakable faith in God and scripture." According to the description appearing on the inside-front bookflap, "Dr. Collins provides a satisfying solution for the dilemma that haunts everyone who believes in God and respects science." The presentation by Dr. Chuck Hanson started descriptive review of The Language of God and a reflection on some of the issues that it addresses, including Dr. Collins's responses to what he regards as the four most common objections to Christianity. Dr. Hanson agreed to do part 2 in a few weeks.

September 20, 2007 -- How Christianity Informs My Information Systems Scholarship and Practice
Tom Hilton, Information Systems
In this presentation, Dr. Hilton shared ways in which his Christian faith in doctrines such as inspiration, the golden rule, repentance, forgiveness, and the injunction to witness for Christ affect his professional practice of teaching, research, and service in the information systems field. Dr. Hilton has been active in his field for 30 years, both in the private and public sectors.

September 13, 2007 -- Spiritual Techniques - Holy and Unholy Spirits, Part 1
Lee Anna Rasar, Music Therapy
We watched part of a video of a Russian hypnotist and then Benny Hinn using the same techniques, Rodney Howard Browne and the Laughing Revival with the Toronto Blessing. Lee Anna will continue the presentation October 11.

September 6, 2007 -- Ministering to Children Rescued from the Sex Trade in Asia (country name withheld for security reasons)
Elizabeth Schrader and Jennie Morvak, UWEC Students
Elizabeth and Jennie shared their plans to be in Asia from November 10-19 with a group of about ten people visiting shelters for children rescued from the sex trade. They will be travelling with World Hope International which requires short visits like this before being accepted in a six-month internship. Pray for their safety and the well-being of the children in the shelters. Pray for International Justice Mission which works to end human trafficking.

August 30, 2007 -- Fall Luncheon
The Incarnation -- and Academics with Courage
Terry Morrison, Ph.D., Syracuse University, formerly a professor of chemistry at Butler University
Joined the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in 1974 and has held a number of different leadership roles within the organization, the most recent one as the Director of Faculty Ministries since 1990. As of January, 2004, Terry became the Director of Faculty Ministries Emeritus. He is an active member of the American Scientific Affiliation, formerly a Board member of the Au Sable Environmental Institute, a Wilberforce Fellow and a participant in many conferences and seminars. Dr. Morrison has offered courses and talks on various aspects of the university curriculum and life, specializing in science and Christian faith discussions. He lives in Madison, WI with his wife, Shirley. They are the parents of three adult children and two grandchildren. We celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on this day.

May 10, 2007 -- A Musical Testimony: Spirituality in Bach's B-minor Mass
Alan Rieck, Department of Music and Theatre Arts
Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most influential figures in the history of music, if not the most, yet his life and passion was not first and foremost for music. He knew quite well that his created purpose was to glorify God (Is. 43:7) in whatever he did. He followed this passion throughout his life and represented it intentionally within his music. We were encouraged by Bach's faith and his witness as we examined some of the ways that he communicated his love for his Lord.

May 3, 2007 -- A Discussion About Duty: Personal, Philosophical, and Biblical Perspectives
Cheryl Brandt, Department of Adult Health Nursing
An essay by William J. Stuntz, Doing Your Duty, served as the springboard for our discussion about doing one's duty in the midst of a messy painful world.

April 26, 2007 -- New Age and the Church
Justin Bender, Religious Studies Major
Justin compared and contrasted New Age and Christian principles and concepts related to theological belief. A DVD example showed connections between the New Age and Christianity. Justin's topical minor for the past three years has been to research Spirituality and Music.

April 19, 2007 -- Amazing Grace in the Lives of William Wilberforce and Olaudah Equiano: The Rest of the Story
Chuck Hanson, Department of English
Radio journalist Paul Harvey is known for his colorful vignettes telling "the rest of the story." At this week's Thursday Forum, Dr. Hanson told "the rest of the story" concerning William Wilberforce and Olaudah Equiano, Christian heroes in the British anti-slavery movement that began to campaign vigorously in the late eighteenth century against the British slave trade. The anti-slavery movement eventually succeeded in its effort not only to outlaw the practice of transporting and selling African slaves but also to ban the practice of slavery entirely within the boundaries of the British Empire. The "rest of the story" that Chuck focused on was the conversion experiences of Wilberforce and Equiano, whose opposition to slavery was directly linked to deeply personal spiritual experiences.

April 5, 2007 -- Boots & Bibles
Bill Mellien, missionary and cofounder of Boots 'n Bibles Outreach, UWEC Professor Emeritus of Theatre
Sometimes the Lord calls us out of our comfort zone - WAY OUT!!! We heard how God moved in country music and Bill's life and how that led to the creation of the Boots 'n Bibles ministry.

March 29, 2007 -- We met for prayer

March 15, 2007 -- DVD: In the End, Sovereignty Wins
Sue Harrison, University Senate Chair, Department of Computer Science and Richard Swenson, M.D.

March 8, 2007 -- DVD: The Universe Sings His Praise
Sue Harrison, University Senate Chair, Department of Computer Science and Richard Swenson, M.D.

March 1, 2007 -- DVD: The New Physics: Relativity, Time, Space, Light
Sue Harrison, University Senate Chair, Department of Computer Science and Richard Swenson, M.D.

February 22, 2007 -- DVD: God's Human Body Project: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Sue Harrison, University Senate Chair, Department of Computer Science and Richard Swenson, M.D.
God’s power is undeniable; His precision is impressive; His sovereignty is on display. How can such power fail to dominate our every thought and action, to rescue us from our everyday insecurities? It is not that God has failed to demonstrate His nature. It is just that we are slow to understand. Our eyesight is dim. What we need is a new vision of God. The real God. Not some vague image we fold up and stuff in the back drawer of life, but the kind of God who parts the Red Sea and shakes Mount Sinai. The kind of God who stuns the physicists with symmetry, the mathematicians with precision, the engineers with design, the politicians with power, and the poets with beauty. More than Meets the Eye is a four-part series demonstrating a God who is brilliant and wise, powerful and precise, intimate and personal. The more we understand about God's power, the less we worry about our weakness. The more we trust in God's sovereignty, the less we fret about our future. To know Him is to trust Him; to trust Him is to rest in Him. The material in this DVD series is often scientifically profound but presented to be accessible to the non-scientist. It is specifically intended to inform and encourage people in their faith even if their personal scientific depth is not sophisticated.

February 15, 2007 -- Prayer and Transformation in the Chippewa Valley
Bill Mellien, coordinator, Chippewa Valley Partners in Prayer, Professor Emeritus of Theatre
Bill talked about prayer and transformation and we looked at the question, Can God transform the Chippewa Valley? Bill showed a video of what God has done in Elk River, Minnesota where business and political leaders gather for prayer and act as ministers/elders of the city in places of work. One change in Elk River has been the dramatic decrease in the suicide rate. Chippewa Valley Partners in Prayer has been meeting for about two and a half years. They meet the second and fourth Mondays of each month. For more information write or call Bill at 830-9838.

February 8, 2007 -- Biblical References: Forbidden Techniques
Lee Anna Rasar, Music Therapy Program
This presentation examined spiritual techniques referenced in scripture and compared them to techniques used in various cultures and in various settings today.

February 1, 2007 -- God Does Things HIS Way: Lessons from the Book of Joshua
Kent Syverson, Department of Geology
How do you prepare to meet challenges in your life? How did the Israelites prepare to meet challenges as they entered the Promised Land? The book of Joshua is a rich narrative about the people of Israel claiming the land they had been promised, and it is clear that God does things HIS way! Joshua also offers many lessons that are applicable to our lives. Please join Kent Syverson as he leads us through lessons from Joshua and issues a challenge to us at the start of this new semester.

January 25, 2007 -- Perspectives on the Problem of Evil
Tom Hilton, Department of Information Systems
In this presentation Tom reviewed the basic argument often used by agnostics, atheists, and others that the existence of evil in our world precludes the existence of the Judeo-Christian God. He then led a discussion of how Christians answer this argument, and he shared his own experience in coming to grips with the problem of evil.

December 14, 2006 -- Christmas Carols
Lee Anna Rasar & Kathy Proctor-Duax, Department of Music and Theatre Arts

December 7, 2006 -- Developing 'A Mind for God'
Jay Anderson, Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship
Leaning heavily on James Emery White's new book (from InterVarsity Press), Jay Anderson led us in a discussion of what exactly 'a mind for God' is and how we can develop one, and what barriers we will face as we seek to do so in the midst of our culture and the environment on campus.

November 30, 2006 -- Drumming: Christian and Non-Christian Forms and Uses that Led to a Conversion
Hana Dehtiar, student in Music Therapy
This presentation included a paper on shamanism that was developed by Hana who became a Christian due to the influence of her roommate and the content presented at a workshop comparing New Age and Christian philosophies. She presented information about the use of drumming in healing and described New Age healing claims related to spiritual power and contrasted them with medical and Christian uses of percussion.

November 16, 2006 -- Prayer

November 9, 2006 -- Is the Existence of Student Religious Groups in Danger on University Campuses?
Kent Syverson, Department of Geology
The University of Wisconsin at Superior has stated that it intends to derecognize its InterVarsity Christian Fellowship [IVCF] Chapter. Why? Dr. Ralph Seelke, faculty advisor for IVCF at UWS, is paraphrased in the following Associated Press report from August 9, 2006: "They [UW-Superior] said the [IVCF] group, which hosts social events and Bible studies, could not be recognized because its leaders must sign a statement they believe in the Bible and that Jesus is the son of God, among other things, he said. The requirement amounts to discrimination because non-Christian students can't be leaders, they told him." Campuses are frequently using "anti-discrimination" language to discriminate and limit student religious activities. This should be of great concern for students in university religious groups. In a slightly different twist, UWEC’s service-learning requirement has an anti-discrimination clause that prohibits devotional religious teaching from meeting the service-learning requirement (i.e. teaching Sunday school) even though all other forms of teaching (including partisan political teaching) are allowed. Kent Syverson has been involved in university First Amendment issues for the last couple of years. In his talk he addressed university efforts to limit student religious activities. His talk focused on UW-Superior and UW-Madison, but also addressed the UWEC service-learning issue.

November 2, 2006 -- Prayer

October 26, 2006 -- The PAPA Prayer
Steve Ratering, Learning and Technology Services
Larry Crabb preached over 1000 sermons, but for most of his life, he didn't preach much at all on prayer. Recently he came to view prayer very differently. We talked about his model of prayer, the Papa Prayer, and contrasted it with other models including "ACTS", the Lord's Prayer, and the Prayer of the Publican.

October 19, 2006 -- "Pursuing 'The Mind of Christ' in the Academy."
We listend to a CD of Dr. Katherine Bassard, Associate Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. Bassard teaches African American and American Literature. She has written two books and she is currently working on a third project, "Race, Region and Religion in African American Narrative."

October 12, 2006 -- Influencing Policy at a Public University
Tom Hilton, Department of Information Systems
Tom recounted his experiences at a prior university in attempting to influence campus policy on access to pornography. He reviewed both successes and failures in his effort, and then led our discussion after that.

October 5, 2006 -- Redeeming the Soul, Redeeming the Mind
Lee Anna Rasar, Department of Music and Theatre Arts
The use of music for healing today includes various techniques, philosophies, and viewpoints. Lee Anna attended the recent "Redeeming the Soul, Redeeming the Mind" conference and reviewed highlights of it.

September 28, 2006 -- Redeeming the Soul, Redeeming the Mind
Kathryn Proctor-Duax, Department of Music and Theatre Arts
At a recent Redeeming the Soul, Redeeming the Mind Conference in Washington, D.C. over 400 Christian faculty discussed ways to serve and witness to students based on Charles Malik's book "A Christian Critique of the University." Kathryn attended the conference and led a discussion of conference highlights.

September 21, 2006 -- The Da Vinci Code: A Postmodern Theological Thriller
Chuck Hanson, Department of English
Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code is a hugely popular "thriller." However, suspense alone did not perch the novel atop best-seller lists. Claiming to be fiction based on fact, the novel raises profoundly disturbing historical and spiritual questions. Were Jesus and Mary Magdalene married? Did Mary give birth to a child whose lineage continues today? Did Emperor Constantine suppress gospel texts chronicling their union in order to falsely eliminate the "divine feminine" from Christianity and raise a masculine Jesus to the realm of divinity? Chuck led a discussion of The Da Vinci Code and these questions.

September 7 & 14, 2006 -- To the Left of Inspiration: Adventures in Living with Disabilities
Katherine Schneider, Counseling Services
People of faith want to be welcoming of people with disabilities, but sometimes don't know what to do or say. We'll examine architecture, attitudes and theologies that welcome. The struggles of people with disabilities to be included and to have their faith experiences and gifts used by church communities will be described. Group discussion of how our own illnesses and disabilities and those of our family and friends have impacted our faith will follow.

August 31, 2006 -- Reflections of a Christian Teacher and a Green Worm
Terry Balding, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology
Terry was our guest speaker for the fall prayer luncheon.