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Faith (In)Forming


Parenting a Child with Disabilities
September 22, 2024

Susan Van Riesen is the lead pastor of Palo Alto Vineyard Church. Susan served on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for 16 years at 6 different college campuses before spending time as a full-time mom of three very energetic, passionate children. She has great love for adoption, children with special needs, and gardening. Check out her blog about parenting a child with special needs

Antiracist Spirituality
October 27, 2024

Dr. Tobin Schearer is the Professor of History at the University of Montana and the African-American Studies Director at UM. Alongside Regina Stoltzfus, he co-authored, Been in the Struggle: Pursuing an Antiracist Spirituality. He holds a dual PhD in History and Religious Studies from Northwestern University.

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The Gospel of J. Edgar Hoover: How the FBI Aided and Abetted the Rise of White Christian Nationalism

Our speaker is Lerone A. Martin, Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor and Associate Professor of Religious Studies. April 21, 2024

Faith and Art: A Faith (In)Forming Lecture featuring Melynda Van Zee

Our speaker is Melynda Van Zee is an acrylic painter, author, art educator and art coach. She is the author of an art technique book published by Lark Books and enjoys coaching artists and creating art journals. March 10, 2024

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Faith and Work | October 22, 2023 

Paul Taylor has been a Teaching Pastor at Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto since 2007. After graduating from Stanford with a degree in Industrial Engineering, he worked for 7 years as a Product Manager for Oracle Corporation. He founded a blog and podcast called which focuses on the intersection of theology and technology. Currently he is pursuing his Doctor of Ministry in Faith, Work, Economics and Vocation at Fuller Seminary. 

The Science of Forgiveness September 17, 2023 

Frederic Luskin is the author of Forgive for Good and Forgive for Love and one of the world's leading researchers and teachers on the subject of forgiveness.

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Religion, Race, and American History 

May 21, 2023

Professor Kathryn Gin Lum's lecture showed us how the religious idea of the heathen in need of salvation undergirds American conceptions of race.

Healing, Hope, and Justice: From Racial Trauma to Restorative Justice | Jan 22, 2023 

Russell Jeung, PhD, is a Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, a coalition that addresses anti-Asian racism.

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Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley | Sep 18, 2022 

Carolyn Chen is an Associate Professor at the University of California Berkley with a focus on the Asian American experience.


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