Prep

In anticipation of this excellent and engaging symposium, we recommend that you read Fool’s Talk by Os Guinness, or begin by reading the book review by Bob Trube.

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Also, take 15 minutes to reflect on how you might engage as a Christian in your context, using the following questions. You are encouraged to bring your noted thoughts to the symposium to refine throughout the day together.*

  1. Your work at the university (this could be your research, teaching or the admin work you do.)
  2. Why your work matters to you 
  3. How you see your work connecting to your faith

 

    To gain the most value from this symposium, Dr. Lundberg encourages you to come with something on paper. Please come to the symposium with a rough draft of a 5 minute (500-750 word) TED-style talk. Aim your talk at one of two audiences–preferably whichever is the more challenging for you 1) Secular colleagues at the university or 2) Christian friends, perhaps fellow church members

    Additionally, you may find it helpful to work through this scripture study of creation, fall, and redemption as it relates to your vocation:  integration-questions

     

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    *Examples of other grad & faculty reflections:

    “Teresa”, an electrical engineer, works on cell-phone signaling technology.  Her talk was about her internship in [an Asian country]. She made good friends with a few people there who were not students.  One was her cleaning lady who was poor, but had a cell-phone.  The technology that “Teresa” works on enables her to continue to have a relationship with her friend half-way around the world. She explained how cell-phone technology connects people and how she sees God working through that and thus how her faith motivates her research.
    “Gregory,” an African, works in bio-technology.  He developed a low-cost diagnostic tool that is based on the model of a music-box.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has picked up on his invention and they are developing it.  His talk was explaining his music-box diagnostic tool and how all of his work is motivated by his Christian faith.
    “Kelly” is an astrophysicist. She works on cosmic microwave background research and thus on the Big Bang.  Her talk was on the Big Bang and Genesis Chapter One. 
    A mathematics grad student from California did his talk on how the Christian framework makes math possible.  
    “Evan”, a computer science student,did his talk on computability theory.  In computer science there is the question: How far can we go in our programming?  What are the limits to our programming?  This question is called computability theory.  He talked about how he is seeing truths about God, people and human limits through computability theory.