Past Events2017-09-21T19:12:50+00:00

PAST EVENTS – 2016/17

Our theme this summer is Building & Planting, which we’ll be exploring through studies of passages in the Old Testament.
When/where: Thursdays at 7pm starting July 13 through end of August in the GCC Nairobi room (2nd floor):

You’re welcome to join these small groups at any time over the summer months in 2017:

  • C3:16 worship small group on Mondays at 7 p.m., contact Kat Gonzales (kgonzal[at]
  • Faith and Science discussion group on Wednesdays at 6:15pm starting July 26. Contact Andreas (krischok[at]

We hope you can join us soon!

Wed July 5th 7-9:30pm
Lake Lag BBQ Area

Join us for the IVGrad Summer Kick-off BBQ!  Continuing and new students, summer visitors, etc. are all welcome!

Wednesday, July 5th 7-9:30pm at the Lake Lagunita BBQ area.

Sign up to bring a side dish, drinks or dessert.

Small Groups 2016-17

For reference, these were the IVGrad small groups that met throughout the academic year 2016-17.  During the summer time, new groups form for discussion and fellowship – we’ll announce details about our summer small groups at the kick off BBQ on July 5th!

Walking with Jesus in Grad School – Mondays, 6:30pm
What does it mean to be a grad student and follow Jesus? We especially welcome first year students to join us in a community where together we are learning to navigate grad school with Jesus. Email Joel (joelschn).

Adventures in Corinthians – Tuesdays, 7:00pm

Conflict, money, power, and sex – as well as fellowship, grace, and love – are major themes of Paul’s letters to the Corinthians. We’ll be going through 1 and 2 Corinthians chapter by chapter, following a study guide by NT Wright, one of the world’s most prominent Christian thinkers. Join us to see how Paul’s messages to the early church still impact us today. Email Jeremy (jwitmer) or Peter (pattia).

The Psmall Group – Wednesdays, 7:00pm
We believe God speaks to us through His word and through others. Each week we’ll choose a passage (often a psalm), and spend time with it individually during the week. We’ll share with one another about how we encountered God in the passage, and in our lives more generally, and take time to pray for each other in response. Contact Daniel (dheywood).

International Bible Study – Thursdays, 6:30pm
We aim to be a “home away from home” for international students—a place to find community, encouragement, and nourishment from God’s Word. You don’t need to be international to join us! Email Yang (zhiyangw) or Vivian (vkchen).

End of Year Banquet
Friday May 26, 2017 6:30pm

Our last official event of the 2016-17 academic year will be our End of Year Banquet celebration on Friday, May 26 at 6:30 in the Old Union Clubhouse Ballroom.  This is a chance to celebrate the year we’ve had together, honor those who are graduating, and look forward to next year.  There will be delicious dinner, friends, worship, and festivities.  Wear semi-formal attire for the occasion!

And note the location – The Clubhouse is between Old Union and Tresidder:
Our last large group of winter quarter will be a worship night!
Friday, March 17, 7-8:30pm in the Old Union SANCTUARY (3rd floor).
Join us for a night of musical praise, reflection, and prayer led by the worship team.

Integral Large Group

Friday, March 3rd at 7PM – 3rd Floor Old Union Common Room

Reducing Systemic Injustice by Humans and AI

J. Nathan Matias, MIT Media Lab

Advocates of digital media argue that it has broadened access to diverse voices and opportunities. Yet platform design and AI systems combine with human behavior to create systematic discrimination against women online in many cultures. At the MIT Media Lab and Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Nathan Matias conducts large-scale studies on discrimination online, testing social and design interventions for helping people and AI systems change their behavior. He also designs technologies that communities of millions of people use to carry out their own audits and interventions to pro-socially influence human and AI behavior online.
Nathan’s work on citizen participation in human and algorithmic accountability is inspired by the history and theology of discrimination and equality in early Christianity. In this talk, hear about Nathan’s research and how conflicts over equality in early Christianity produced some of the most beautiful and influential visions of spiritual flourishing in communities.   We’ll spend some time brainstorming how our own academic work and faith might productively interact.


J. Nathan Matias is a Guatemalan-American Ph.D. candidate at the MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media, an affiliate at the Berkman-Klein Center at Harvard, and founder of CivilServant. He conducts independent, public interest research on flourishing, fair, and safe participation online. His recent work includes research on pro-social influence of AI systemsonline harassment preventionharassment reportingvolunteer moderation online (PDF), behavior change toward equality (PDF), and online social movements (PDF).
An evangelical Christian and Harvey fellow, Nathan writes about Christianity and technology for Intervarsity’s Emerging Scholars Network and on the MIT Center for Civic Media blogHe has extensive experience in tech startups, nonprofits, and corporate research, including SwiftKey, Microsoft Research, and the Ministry of Stories. Nathan’s creative work and research have been covered extensively by international press, and he has published data journalism and intellectual history in the Atlantic, Guardian, PBS, and Boston Magazine.

NorCal Winter Conference: Feb 3-5, 2017

with Charles Yu – The Meaning of the Death of Jesus

Camp Redwood Glen  –  Scotts Valley


When: Fri Feb 3 – Sun Feb 5.

The conference starts with dinner on Friday night and finishes at noon on Sunday (2 nights).   

Where: Redwood Glen Conference Center, Scotts Valley CA

(same place as Fall retreat)

WhatMeaning of the Death of Jesus with Dr Charles Yu

Dr. Yu is a theologian and currently the Pastor of Multicultural Ministry and Theology at Blackhawk Church in Madison, WI.  He will be speaking to us about the meaning of the cross, specifically the New Testament understanding of the cross, and how it gives a more complete understanding of Jesus’ death.  Full speaker details below.


You!  And IVGrad students from UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and UC Santa Cruz.

What else: 

Worship, good food, old friends, new friends, rest, Jesus!

Registration is $115, and scholarships are available so contact Wendy ( if you need assistance to attend. And feel free to contact our lovely registrars with any other questions: Florence ( & Marcus (

Series Overview:

The cross sits at the center of Christian theology; yet, there is still quite a bit of controversy about the precise meaning of the cross.  The reason for this is that the Bible itself is not clear about the meaning of the cross.  The Bible uses multiple metaphors to discuss the cross, metaphors that we find difficult to appreciate.  To communicate the cross, we adopt more contemporary metaphors, but they introduce nuances that are not part of the Bible.   
Going back to the texts means confronting the New Testament understanding of the cross: covenant initiation sacrifice, passover sacrifice, day of atonement sacrifice, sin offering, redemption fee in the slave market, destruction of the temple, etc.  Wrestling with these various metaphors provide a more complete and profound understanding of the death of Jesus.

About Dr. Charles Yu

Charles is the Pastor of Multicultural Ministry and Theology at Blackhawk Church in Madison, WI.
He spent his early childhood in Taiwan and immigrated with his family to Southern California when he was ten. At UC Berkeley, he met his wife Serena and received a B.S. in electrical engineering (1990). As they sojourned in Vancouver, British Columbia, Charles got his Master of Divinity at Regent College (1997) and worked as a minister to Chinese-Canadian college students. After moving to Madison in 1997, Charles received his PhD in Hebrew and Semitics (Old Testament/Hebrew Bible) at UW-Madison (2011).
Before coming on staff with Blackhawk Church, Charles enjoyed a teaching ministry with InterVarsity’s Graduate & Faculty Ministries as a Campus Theologian. Serena currently teaches English in the Madison public schools. They have two daughters, Kirstin and Nikki. In his spare time, Charles enjoys reading books on military history and barbecuing in his backyard.

Express your gratitude.

The Corinthians small group will lead us in a encouragement/gratitude night for this week’s large group.  We will spend the evening together writing letters & cards to send to people we are grateful for in our lives.  God calls us to encourage one other, and this is an easy but meaningful way to do that. We’ll provide all the supplies, but do come with some addresses in mind!  Also, please bring a few $$ to contribute towards stamps.

Join us Friday, January 27th from 7-8:30pm at the usual place: CIRCLE Common Room, 3rd floor of Old Union.

Christian writer and political activist Jim Wallis on Engaging Our World 

7pm Sunday, January 29
CIRCLE Common Room, 3rd Floor, Old Union

[To get to the CIRCLE room: take the elevator from the Old Union to the third floor, turn left, and follow the hallway to the end, where the room is on the left]

Hosted by: Progressive Christians at Stanford, Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry, and InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship

How should Christians engage on issues of justice that permeate our society today? Navigating the apparent paradox of the command to be in the world but not of it can be hard, especially as students with busy schedules and many demands on our time who also want to live out our faith.

Join InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship, Progressive Christians at Stanford, and the Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry as we host Christian writer and political activist Jim Wallis for an evening of discussion on this topic with Pastor Kaloma Smith of University AME Zion Church, and Annanda Barclay, Pastoral Intern of First Presbyterian Church.

Jim Wallis is the President and Founder of Sojourners, a magazine at the intersection of faith, politics, and culture with the goal of exposing injustice and transforming the world.

Invite your friends!

Jim Wallis – Jan 29

Fall Retreat 2016:

Meeting with God in Grad School

Join us Saturday Oct 29 – Sunday Oct 30 at Redwood Glen in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains.  The theme will be Meeting With God in Grad School, and we have some great speakers (Diane Lee, Sacramento State and IVGrad alumna; Steve Lee, UC Davis) who will share their personal stories and offer both encouragement and challenges for us.  Fall retreat is a wonderful time to really connect with IVGrad and to have a night away from Stanford and work.  Plus, it’s just one night (returning Sunday afternoon) so there is plenty of time to do homework afterwards.

Registration is closed

Josh Hill and David Mackanic are our registrars this year (thanks!) so contact them directly if you have any questions or concerns about registration or arrival to the retreat.  An email will be sent to attendees on Thursday 10/27 with ride-sharing info and other details for the weekend. 

Though final numbers have been submitted to Camp Redwood Glen, contact Wendy Quay to see if there are any openings to attend.

See you at Camp Redwood Glen!