This page lists upcoming and recent events that may be of interest to UNC Christian Faculty.

Upcoming events

Past events

Regional InterVarsity Faculty Conference

From June 29-July 2, 2017, InterVarsity will be hosting the first-ever Blue Ridge Faculty Conference. They are also offering a day-ahead arrival (June 28) for a small, extra fee. This is a great opportunity to enjoy additional unstructured time before the conference officially begins.
You (and your family) can enjoy a retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina with other Christian faculty members from universities across the southeast. We will explore together the unique opportunities and challenges of following Christ in the university. Step away from the daily work of the academy and enjoy time with family, friends, and new acquaintances in the beautiful mountain confines of the Ridge Haven Conference and Retreat Center.
The keynote speaker, Dr. John Inazu, will share how we can survive and thrive through deep differences. A Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University in St. Louis, John is the author of the book Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference. Dr. Inazu will speak from the content of this book with particular attention to how it relates to the college and university context.
More details and registration coming in December 2016. For now, learn more about the conference online.

Ratio Christi Annual Symposium

Held in Charlotte on Oct 17-18, 2015 (immediately after the National Conference on Christian Apologetics), this event seeks A Renaissance of Christian Thinking in the University. We want to re-establish a strong and reasoned presence of Christian thinking in academia. Our goal is to place apologetics clubs at all major universities. Situating Ratio Christi chapters at universities around the world is an important step in reversing the skepticism that permeates most educational institutions. We desire to partner in taking back the mind of the University for Christ. By equipping Christian students we believe many students will not only hold onto a faith that they might otherwise abandon, but they will also begin to stand up for Christianity when it comes under fire in the classroom. Furthermore, we want to train students to be conversational evangelists that can in turn train others to defend and proclaim the Gospel. Ratio Christi also provides a safe and charitable venue for atheists, agnostics, skeptics, and adherents to any religion to investigate the claims of Christianity, discuss religious beliefs, and seek truth without fearing reprisal. While this is a distinctly Christian organization, any student is able to become a member and learn, debate, and explore the connection of faith and reason.

UNC Veritas Forum

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Monday, Nov. 10 at 2pm in Gerrard Hall. featured Dr. N.T. Wright, former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and current Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Dr. Molly Worthen of the UNC History Department will conduct a public interview with Dr. Wright. No doubt N.T. Wright is well known to many of you given his outstanding scholarship in New Testament and his important voice for Christian faith worldwide. Here is the website for this event:  http://veritas.org/campuses/university-north-carolina/ and for those of you on Facebook, here is the page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1476511842623566/?notif_t=plan_user_invited.

The Contemplation of Nature as a Source of Joy

On Oct. 3, 2014 UNC IVCF GFM co-sponsored an event with the Center for Christianity and Scholarship called Night at the Planetarium followed by a lecture on the UNC campus by Dr. Chris Clemens, chair of the UNC Physics Dept. Many of you know Chris and know that he is a thoughtful Christian scholar and lecturer. His lecture, “The Contemplation of Nature as a Source of Joy,” drew open his experience as a Christian in astronomy.

Center for Christianity and Scholarship Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schiciano Auditorium on
Duke University’s West Campus.  Duke alumnus Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. is Kenan Professor in the Department of Computer Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, a department which he founded in 1964 and chaired for twenty years. Prior to coming to UNC, Dr. Brooks worked for nine years with IBM. He was an architect of the IBM Stretch and Harvest supercomputers. He then served as Corporate Project Manager for the IBM System/360, including the development of the System/360 computer family hardware and the Operating System/360 software. At UNC, Dr. Brooks has conducted research in computer architecture, software engineering, and interactive 3-D computer graphics (“virtual reality”). His best-known books are The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering(1975, 1995), Computer Architecture: Concepts and Evolution (with G.A. Blaauw, 1997), and The Design of Design (2010). Dr. Brooks has received the U.S. National Medal of Technology and the A.M. Turing Award of the Association for Computing Machinery, among others. Besides his career as a computer scientist, Dr. Brooks has cultivated an active Christian presence in the university community. Since 1965, he has advised Focus, the graduate chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at UNC.

UNC Science Expos

We presented our posters and handed out books and materials at a table-top exhibit at the fifth UNC Science Expo on April 11, 2015 on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill.  This was the second busiest of the expos we’ve done.  We had lots of good conversations with a visitors from a variety of backgrounds: Christians, agnostics, atheists, scientists, seekers.  For the first time, we ran out of the “Can a Scientist be a Christian?” handouts.

We hosted a table at the 4th UNC Science Expo on April 12, 2014 on UNC Campus.  We presented materials from the What is the Evidence site on how it is possible to be a committed scientist and a committed Christian, and how  both science and Christianity seek truth based on evidence.

We hosted a table at the 3rd UNC Science Expo on April 13, 2013 on UNC Campus.  We presented materials from the What is the Evidence site on how it is possible to be a committed scientist and a committed Christian, and how  both science and Christianity seek truth based on evidence.

Why Business Matters to God

The UNC Christian Faculty Association hosted its third annual CFA dessert lecture on March 29, 2012 at 7PM. Dr. Jeff Van Duzer, Dean for the School of Business at Seattle Pacific University lectured on issues discussed in his book, Why Business Matters to God (and What Still Needs to be Fixed).  The topic was be “God at Work in Our Business: Meaningful Work & Helping Communities Flourish”.

The Cultural Consequences of Loving God and our Neighbor

The UNC Christian Faculty Association hosted its second annual CFA dessert lecture on October 13, 2011 at 7PM in the faculty lounge and seminar room in the UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business’ BcColl building.  Ken Myers, directory of Mars Hill Audio Journal, spoke on the topic of “The Cultural Consequences of Loving God and our Neighbor.”

“Is There Evidence For God?” Debate

Campus Crusade for Christ at neighboring college NCSU hosted The Great Debate: Is There Evidence For God? on March 30, 2011 at 7PM at the McKimmon Center on the NC State campus.  Dr. Lawrence M. Krauss debated Dr. William Lane Craig.  A recorded video of the event can be watched online by clicking on “Watch Live” on the page at the above link (or you can try the direct link).

How Christian Faculty might Influence the University

The UNC Christian Faculty Association hosted its first annual CFA dessert lecture on March 24, 2011. Dr. Sam Wells, Dean of Duke Chapel, spoke on “How Christian Faculty might Influence the University.”