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Community 2017-10-13T16:31:00+00:00

IVGrad began in 1986 with a few Stanford grad students venturing to start a Bible study for their fellow grad students.  We’ve grown and changed a lot since then, but students continue to value the close community of small groups as they walk with God throughout their grad school journeys.  IVGrad features weekly small groups (more details below!), large group events, off-campus retreats, and a variety of social and service activities throughout the year.  We look forward to welcoming you into the IVGrad fellowship!

Large Groups

IVGrad gathers as a whole fellowship every two weeks on Friday night at 7pm on the 3rd floor of Old Union.  Each Large Group is different – some nights feature a guest speaker or a panel discussion, while other times will are set aside for worship and prayer.  Often people meet beforehand to grab dinner, and afterward plans often emerge to hunt for frozen yogurt or bubble tea, to hang out at the Treehouse, or whatever people are keen to do!  Sign up to the email list to hear about the exciting, upcoming Large Groups, as well as pre/post Large Group socializing!

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Small Groups

IVGrad students gather at various spots across campus on weeknights.  Some small groups will share a meal, and there will be time to pray for each other, along with Bible study or a group discussion about a book or topic.  Find more info below!   Small groups meet throughout the academic year and are open to new members to join in at any time.  This week is a great time to visit!

Small Groups 2017-18

Get in touch with the listed leader to confirm the location and to join the small group mailing list.  Small groups meet most weeks of the quarter, but not every week.

The Mark Intensive – CIRCLE Seminar Room (Old Union, Room 301)  Mondays, 6:30pm

Whether you’ve heard about Jesus your whole life or the name is totally new to you, come dive into his story, as told through the book of Mark from the Bible. We will be using the manuscript method of study, which invites us to leave our preconceptions at the door and analyze what the text says for itself. Using observations, questions, and discussions generated by everyone in the group, we will try to get to the heart of what the author was trying to communicate to his audience, and why it matters to us.

Contact: Jonathan Love (jonlove@stanford.edu)

Loving Justice – Old Union Room 216, Wednesdays, 7:30pm

The Bible calls us to love justice and care for the oppressed, yet the culture of abundance and success at graduate school often distracts us. Come explore – through bible study and acts of service – how to love, seek, and promote justice at Stanford.

Contact: Marcus Pan (mpanj@stanford.edu)

International Bible Study  CIRCLE Common Room (Old Union, Room 302) Thursdays, 6:30pm

International Bible Study (IBS) seeks to create Christ- centered community through fellowship, prayer and study of the Bible. As an international community, we gather weekly to pray for the world, study God’s word, and support each other as a family living in a “home away from home”. All nationalities are welcome! Contact: Roy Ang (rang@stanford.edu)

Other Opportunities

These are just some of the other exciting things happening in IVGrad.

Don’t miss out – sign up to our email lists!

Especially for First-Years, First-Year Fellowship is a series of outings, meals, and other events to help you get connected to your classmates and share the joys and challenges of getting settled in as a first year graduate student.  Sign up to the email lists to stay up to date, and feel free to contact Joel at joelschn[at]stanford.edu for more info!

∫    Integral meets once per quarter to explore how we can serve God in our research & teaching – that is, the ‘integration’ of faith & learning.  In the past we’ve discussed articles of interest, interviewed each other on our motivations for our work, and prayed for each others’ research and professional relationships.  Watch the ivgrad-announce email list for upcoming opportunities!

IVGrad has sponsored several Veritas Forums on the Stanford campus.  Veritas Forums are events that seek to encourage discussion of big questions of purpose, meaning, and ethics in the university community.  Now that Veritas is its own student organization on the Stanford campus (with IVGrad folks participating!), look out for announcements about an exciting forum this coming academic year.

Past events included:

  • The Well-Lived Life, with Kenneth Taylor (Stanford) and N.T.Wright (St. Andrews) – 2014
  • “Making Money, Spending Money”: a forum on wealth and the public good – 2012

IVGrad Elders is an informal, roughly once-per-month gathering of senior students (years 4 and above).  We meet over lunch or coffee to catch-up, share prayer requests, and mutually encourage each other in these latter days of our graduate careers.  It’s a fun time with good friends, so you should definitely join us!  (Sadly, no discounts have been negotiated at Coupa for us…) Contact jaredh[at]stanford.edu for more info.

Using resources from the Developing a Christian Mind programme at Oxford University, we’ve gathered on a Saturday for a day-long workshop to discuss core theological concepts of the Christian faith.   Using these theological tools, we explored the implications for the work we do in the varied settings of the university, business & industry, government, and public advocacy.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10.24-25

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

Colossians 1.17

There is no end to books,
and too much study
will wear you out.

Ecclesiastes 12.12 - possibly written by a wise grad student