The Christian Faculty Forum annual kickoff dinner is set for August 18, 2018, in the Fellowship Hall of Alps Rd. Presbyterian Church (380 Alps Rd., Athens, GA 30606). This dinner and fellowship is designed to get a chance to meet or get to know better those affiliated with the CFF, share a meal together, and hear a little about what is planned for the fall. If you have a spouse or significant other, they are encouraged to attend as well. The meal is a potluck. The CFF will provide chicken and drinks. We ask that everyone who attends brings a vegetable, salad, or dessert to share. In order to plan for everyone, please let us know you are coming by filling out the form below. We look forward to seeing you there!
The monthly meetings for the Christian Faculty Forum for the 2017-18 school year are completed. No regular meetings will be scheduled for the summer, but we will get things started again in the fall with our annual kickoff dinner. Check back here later in the summer when some of the plans are finalized for fall semester. If you are new to UGA this fall (or just finding us even though you have been here a while) and would like more information, please click the “Contact” link at the top and email us.
Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018
Location: Tate 473
The speaker for the CFF monthly meeting will be Dr. Hugo Méndez. Hugo earned his M.A. and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Ancient Mediterranean Religions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He specializes in the New Testament and its reception within late antique Christian communities, with special attention to the Johannine Literature, Luke, and Acts. From 2014–2016, he was a lecturer at Yale Divinity School, and fellow in Sacred Music, Worship, and the Related Arts within Yale University’s interdisciplinary Institute of Sacred Music. The title of his talk is “Ancient Christian House Churches: Separating Myth from Reality.” An abstract of his talk is below.
Abstract: Worshipping in an ancient Christian house church – The talk is a reflection on how and why Christian worship changes, and what is gained/lost in its various transformation. In it, we’ll look at the evolution of the eucharist/Lord’s supper from a banquet-style meal in a house churches to the more formalized worship of today, incorporating the latest research on this question
Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Location: Tate 473
The speaker for the CFF monthly meeting will be Mr. Tony Kitchens. Tony is a field director for Prison Fellowship in Georgia and North Florida. Prior to coming to the Prison Fellowship, he worked with the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support and Reentry, the Department of Community Supervision, and was one of the founding team members of the Georgia Prisoner Reentry Initiative. He is the architect of the Restorative Reentry/Reintegration methodology and a Charles W. Colson scholar. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Argosy University and received his graduate certificate in reentry leadership from the Institute of Prison Ministries at Wheaton College. Mr. Kitchens will address what Christian ministries and churches, and specifically Prison Fellowship, are doing in helping former prisoners transition back into society after being released from incarceration. The title of his talk is “Unlocking Second Chances for Returning Citizens.” An abstract of his talk is below.
Abstract: All people are created in God’s image and no life is beyond God’s reach. As believers who have experienced the ultimate second chance through Christ’s sacrifice, we have unparalleled capacity to welcome former prisoners and to advocate for reforms that promote full restoration. We continue the process of spiritual restoration many people experience in prison when we provide second chances for them to participate as valued members of churches and communities on the outside.
We will provide a light complimentary lunch if your RSVP by Tuesday, March 6, by 5 pm. You can RSVP by filling out the form below.
Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018
Location: Tate 473
The speaker for the CFF monthly meeting will be Dr. Phil Bishop. Phil is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, James Madison University, and the University of Georgia where he earned a Doctor of Education. He began as a professor at the University of Alabama in 1984, became a full professor in 1994, and in 2006 was named the first Paul W. Bryant Professor of Education before retiring in 2017 to work with Faculty Commons. He is married to his wife, Brenda, and they have five children. His talk is titled “Mentoring/Discipling in the Academe.” An abstract is below.
Abstract: Luke 6:40b tells us that “every student, when he/she is fully trained, will be JUST like her/his teacher”. If we think about this, it ought to grab our attention. We are mentoring/discipling whether intentional or not, for good or for ill. Professors impact the world and the influencers of the world. In this brief presentation, Dr. Bishop will speak about his own failures and successes, provide some general guidelines for mentorship, and highlight a menu of opportunities to use in deliberately discipling for eternal results.
Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Location: Tate 473
The speaker for the CFF monthly meeting will be Dr. Merle Strangway. After doing theological studies in both England and Canada, Merle completed his Masters of Divinity degree from Canadian Theological Seminary in Calgary, Canada. He began his career as a pastor in Canada, before moving to Athens in 1991 to pursue his doctorate in Leadership Development at UGA. He is the founder and president of The Learning Edge, Inc., a consulting firm that focuses on helping managers develop critical leadership skills. And he is also the pastor of Windborne Church here in Athens. He is married to Carol and they have 2 adult children. His topic is “What Difference Does the Teaching of Jesus Make?” A brief abstract is below.
Abstract: What was the essential core of the teaching of Jesus? Most Christians have a sense of the basics of the Christian message. However, if asked to explain the meaning of Christianity in a few sentences, the average American Christian would focus on the death and resurrection of Jesus and largely leave out the life and teachings of Jesus. What was the essence of the message that Jesus taught and what impact should that have on our understanding of the death and resurrection of Jesus? This presentation will explore the essential message of Jesus as recorded in the Four Gospels and its implications for the life of a Christian in the Academy.
Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Location: Tate 473
The speaker for the CFF monthly meeting will be Dr. Tom Rizzo. Dr. Rizzo is the head of the laboratory of molecular physical chemistry, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland and will be at UGA to deliver a lecture for the chemistry department. At the CFF meeting he will be sharing about his spiritual journey and his interaction and ministry with students.
We will provide a light complimentary lunch if your RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 28, by 5 pm. You can RSVP by filling out the form below.
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Location: Tate 480 (Note: this is a different room that where we normally meet, but it is just down the hallway)
The speaker for the CFF monthly meeting will be Dr. Jefrey Breshears, Director of The Areopagus Christian Study Center. His topic is “What Every Christian Should Know About the Reformation.” (Note: This year is the 500th anniversary of what is referred to as the Protestant Reformation.)
Abstract: In this historical Powerpoint presentation, Dr. Breshears focuses on the essential and salient points related to the Reformation:
We will provide a light complimentary lunch if your RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 1, by 5 pm. You can RSVP by filling out the form below.
Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Location: Tate 473 (room above food court)
The speaker for the CFF monthly meeting will be Dr. Tom Lessl, UGA professor of Communication Studies. His topic is “Rhetorical Darwinism: Religion, Evolution, and Scientific Identity”.
Abstract: The thesis of Rhetorical Darwinism is that the idea of evolution has dual meanings within scientific culture, one meaning that is professional and technical, and another that is political and ideological. Evolution’s technical meaning is the more familiar one, the standard view of biological history. Its older ideological meaning, which gained currency during the prior centuries of the Enlightenment, was conflated with biological evolution in Darwin’s time. This second pattern is often called “evolutionism,” and it is an idea closely related to progress, the idea that the passage of history marks the gradual improvement, not only of living things, but of human beings and society as well. In my book I call this “rhetorical Darwinism” because I am mainly concerned with the persuasive appeal that evolutionism has for modern science. I show this by examining the messages of rhetorical Darwinism’s foremost 19th-century practitioner, Thomas Huxley, the British scientist who spent much of his life fighting to win public support for science.
You can also click here to be taken to a Baylor University Press summary of Tom’s book from which the content of the talk will be taken.
We will provide a light complimentary lunch if your RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 3, by 5 pm. You can RSVP by filling out the form below.
Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Location: Tate Room 473 (room above the food court)
Speaker: Dr. Crawford Loritts, Senior Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Roswell, GA
Topic: Social Justice and the Gospel
Abstract: The issue of social justice has been with us for centuries. The current events in our country related to law enforcement shootings of African-Americans, the disproportionate incarceration of African-American males, and marches by white nationalists only magnify our country’s struggle with this issue. As followers of Christ, how can we be committed to stand firm against evil and be peacemakers in a turbulent society? Dr. Loritts will speak biblically on how the gospel makes a difference in how we view this issue of justice.
A light lunch will be provided to all who RSVP using the form below by Wednesday, August 30, at 5:00 pm.