UPCOMING EVENTS

Joint event with Graduate Catholic Student Association: Building Houses and Home with Joseph (in place of Large Group 4)

When: Friday, March 19, 7-8:30pm PDT
Where: Zoom (signup link below)
Join IVGrad and GCSA to celebrate the feast day of Joseph: stepfather, carpenter, and home-builder. We will be decorating bird houses, to either keep or donate to your choice of Common Roots Farm (https://commonrootsfarm.org) or the Jesuit Retreat Center (https://www.jrclosaltos.org). For those who are unable to get a birdhouse kit in time (or who just want to do something extra), there will also be an alternative craft option (origami). See the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/855170235044394/
This will be a fun and low-key opportunity to get to connect with members of another religious organization on campus, and to hear each other’s thoughts on what the person of Joseph means to us. We acknowledge that right now is a time where it’s hard to make a lot of connections, and hard to make deep connections; with this event, we are hopeful that there may be an opportunity to establish the formwork of relationships that may be able to be built upon with more depth down the road.
RSVP here to get the Zoom link & get a free birdhouse kit: https://forms.gle/6Wq2YDXc6s3ic7nd7

PAST EVENTS

Grad Winter Conference: The Gospel in a Changing World

When: Fri, 2/5- Sun, 2/7
Where: Register at bit.ly/gfmpacwinter20
The global pandemic has shaken many complacent expectations for what is normal. On one hand it challenges us to grapple with a reality that things do change. But the other side of the coin is the opportunity of viewing this through the hopeful refrain that things can change. We invite you to come consider with us how, as Christians, called to be salt and light in the world, we can be among the agents of change through the gospel of Jesus Christ. The GFM Pacific Area’s Grad Winter Conference will spend time diving into the topic led by four esteemed speakers while facilitating fun opportunities to have community virtually! Graduate students and postdocs are welcome to join. Register by January 21, 2021 in order to receive mailed materials in time for the conference. Registration fee is $40. There are a limited amount of scholarships available for this conference, so if you would like to inquire about this, contact Michele Turek at michele.turek@intervarsity.org.

Winter Large Group I

When: Friday, January 22, 7:00-8:30pm PST
Where: TBA
Our first Large Group will be an interactive study of a passage from the book of Mark. Through this passage, we will introduce and discuss some of the themes that we will be exploring this quarter at future Large Groups and at Winter Conference. The study will be done in the classic InterVarsity “manuscript style” technique, which we’ll be introducing from scratch; so regardless of how much experience you have with reading the Bible, you should be able to contribute to and learn from this session. Stay tuned for the Zoom link!

Community Game Night

When: Friday, January 15, 6:30pm PST
Where: Online (Registration form: https://forms.gle/9Pp2x6rwEjYyJRVBA)
Since our official Large Groups don’t start until next week, we’re kicking off winter quarter with a virtual game night this Friday!  Join us for fan favorites like Skribblio/Fishbowl/Jackbox, try your hand at a virtual scavenger hunt, or suggest some new games for us to try.
Bonus: if you bring a friend who hasn’t come to an IVGrad event before, you’ll get a free treat!

Stanford IVGrad Advent Service

When: Friday, December 18, 6pm PST
Where: Online (Registration form: https://forms.gle/UjV57wghwu7Cbven6)
 
Join us on Friday, Dec. 18th at 6-7:30pm PST for a (virtual) night of worship, prayer, scriptural reading, and sharing, followed by some fun social activities.

“In Search of Shalom: Race, Justice, and Mass Incarceration”

When: Sunday, December 13, 4pm PST (7pm EST)
Where: Online (Registration form: https://tinyurl.com/isos-session-4)
 
“In Search of Shalom” is a book discussion series held on Zoom. Every month, we will read, watch, and listen to materials on Health, Education, Incarceration, Economic Inequality, and Immigration, then meet to discuss them. This is a space for honest, open education and discussion of injustice, allowing Christians to view social justice in light of the Gospel and to investigate the role God wants us to play in social justice movements. All are welcome to engage in this conversation.  Sponsored by InterVarsity’s Black Scholars and Professionals Ministry (BSAP) and Graduate and Faculty Ministries of the Pacific Area (GFM Pacific).

First Year Fellowship hangout

When: TBD
Where: TBD
We are hoping to hang out as a first-year group, where we could support each other, keep each other accountable in faith, and have fun (in a COVID-safe way). Please fill out this form so we can brainstorm ideas and gauge interest in meeting together (virtually and/or in-person)!

Large Group 4 (“Bridging Beyond Barriers: God’s Love in Christian Unity”)

When: Friday, November 6, 7-8:30pm PST
Where: Online (Registration form: https://forms.gle/VXrn3rmfSmkibZvb9)
 
In our Large Group gatherings this quarter so far, we’ve aimed to explore how following Jesus could look different in specific contexts: depending on one’s field of study (LG1), one’s location in the world (LG2), or one’s political philosophy (LG3). But even among people with a shared faith in Christ, some of these differences may occasionally seem like impenetrable walls (especially as we find ourselves in the middle of a tense and uncertain election week with many significant issues at stake). Is this brokenness inevitable, or is it possible to celebrate the diversity of our experiences without them causing harm and alienation? This Friday, Paul Taylor (Teaching Pastor at Peninsula Bible Church) will guide us through a time of teaching, silent reflection, and discussion on the topic of experiencing God’s love through Christian unity.

“In Search of Shalom: Race, Justice, and Education”

When: Sunday, November 15, 7pm EST
Where: Online (Registration form: https://tinyurl.com/isos-session-3)
 
“In Search of Shalom” is a book discussion series held on Zoom. Every month, we will read, watch, and listen to materials on Health, Education, Incarceration, Economic Inequality, and Immigration, then meet to discuss them. This is a space for honest, open education and discussion of injustice, allowing Christians to view social justice in light of the Gospel and to investigate the role God wants us to play in social justice movements. All are welcome to engage in this conversation.  Sponsored by InterVarsity’s Black Scholars and Professionals Ministry (BSAP) and Graduate and Faculty Ministries of the Pacific Area (GFM Pacific).

Large Group 3: Christianity and Politics: An Uneasy Partnership

When: Friday, October 23, 6:30-8pm PDT
Where: Online (RSVP here to get the Zoom link: https://forms.gle/NSyivfCaxjL51uVm9)
 
Speaker: Ron Sider, Founder & President Emeritus, Christians for Social Action
With the imminence of a US election that is being regarded as one of the most divisive and most important in recent memory, it can be challenging to understand where we fit into the conversation as Christians and as academics. Dr. Ron Sider, who has decades of experience in connecting biblical faith and social policy, will speak to this as he helps us explore the kind of voice Christian academics can have within the realm of politics while also addressing the need for Christian unity among the polarization and dehumanization that infiltrates the broader political climate.

The Amazing (G)Race: Scavenger Hunt

When: Saturday, October 24, at 2:30pm PDT (until ~6pm)
Where: Stanford campus (RSVP here by Sunday, Oct. 18th: https://forms.gle/7oMY7T9Bjvwx4PnA7)
 

Are you tired of Zoom events and missing the real world? Are you getting bored of seeing the same few parts of campus going back and forth to lab every day, and wish you had an excuse to see the rest of campus? Are you in the mood for some socially-distanced socializing, and maybe even a little friendly competition?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should sign up for this event! Similar to the show The Amazing Race, you will follow clues and solve puzzles at various outdoor locations around Stanford’s campus (many of them the more “hidden gems” that are off the beaten path), and the winning team will be the one which finishes first (or which reaches the most locations in the designated amount of time). In order to cover more of campus without making travel time between locations too long, we’ve broken up the campus into four “zones” (different from the officially designated campus zones), and will be sending one or multiple people from each team to each zone. In order to avoid participants from multiple teams all crowding around a single location, we will be having each participant/team start at a different location in the sequence.  Once people have signed up, we will finalize teams and then email participants with more details. Hope to see many of you there!

Contacts: Kristel Tjandra (ktjandra@stanford.edu), Katie Antilla (kantilla@stanford.edu), Katie Ferrick (kferrick@stanford.edu)

Large Group 2: IVGrad in/and the World

When: Friday, October 9 at 7:00pm
Where: Online (RSVP here to get the Zoom link: https://forms.gle/n2991MEp9PLhqSbN6)
 

Speakers: Denise-Margaret Thompson and Andre Cooper.  In this large group, we are going to learn and reflect on the place of IVGrad within the student movements across the globe. IVGrad is a graduate ministry within InterVarsity/USA & International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) North America, which constitutes one major regional student movement (https://ifesworld.org/en/). In this session, Denise and Andre will share their experiences with IFES. Come ready to hear about different movements around the world and to share about your own experiences. We will also be praying for some other movements.

IFES World Student Day

When: Friday, October 16
Where: Online
 

World Student Day is an annual day that unites our global movement to celebrate all that God is doing through the International Fellowship of Evangelical students (IFES) and to pray for one another and the needs and opportunities for the coming year. Each year, we take an offering for our sister movements. Would you consider making a gift this year? And on 16 October, join us in praying for students adapting to education in the pandemic, and for students and staff sharing Christ in these rapidly shifting circumstances. Visit https://ifesworld.org/en/wsd/ to find out how you can participate.

First Large Group (Square Inch Story Exchange, Part 2)

When: Friday, September 25 at 7:00pm
Where: Online (Zoom link to be sent out closer to the date)
 
We are excited for you to join us as we kick off the new academic year by hearing from grad students at Stanford about how they see God working in every “square inch” of their lives and how their faith and work interact. The name draws inspiration from the declaration of Dutch theologian Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920): “No single piece of our mental world is to be hermetically sealed off from the rest, and there is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, ‘Mine!’” This will be a joint event with other GFM (Graduate and Faculty Ministries) chapters at schools around the Bay Area, so come meet new folks from both Stanford and beyond!

NSO Hangouts 2020

The Zoom links for all New Grad Student Orientation (NGSO) Welcome Events can be found in this Google Doc: https://tinyurl.com/ivgradnso2020  (Note that you will need to be signed into your Stanford account to access the Doc. If you’re not able to access it, email the Steering committee at ivgrad-steering@lists.stanford.edu.)

Zoom Lunch Hour
Buy or heat up your own lunch and then join us as we eat and chat together!
When: Thursday, September 17 at 12-1pm
Where: Online (see Google Doc for Zoom link)
Hosted by: Andrea (achaikov@stanford.edu)
Virtual Tea Time
Hit up your nearby Coupa or other cafe for some coffee/tea/beverage of choice, then join for a casual chat and get to know new and old faces at Stanford!
When: Friday, September 18 at 3-4pm
Where: Online (see Google Doc for Zoom link)
Hosted by: Kristel (ktjandra@stanford.edu)
Virtual Worship Night
Join us as we sing/play worship songs from different cultures around the world!
When: Friday, September 18 at 6:30pm
Where: Online (see Google Doc for Zoom link)
Hosted by: Evan (elaksono@stanford.edu)
Zoom Chat
If you’re an incoming student (or any student, really) wondering about life as a Christian in grad school, come chat!
When: Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30pm
Where: Online (see Google Doc for Zoom link)
Hosted by: Nathan (njwei@stanford.edu)
Virtual Game Night
Drop by at any point during this time to play a short round of Skribbl.io, Jackbox Fibbage, or any other game people might be interested in, or stay for the whole time!
When: Saturday, September 26 at 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Online (see Google Doc for Zoom link)
Hosted by: Katie (kantilla@stanford.edu)

IVGRAD EVENT CALENDAR

Check back here for welcome events and other activities for this September and October as we kick off the new academic year.  You can subscribe to this Google calendar: just click the + icon at the bottom right corner and follow the prompts.