My Current Projects as of February 2015

How am I doing these days? I have no idea why I feel so busy all the time, so I decided to list all my current (faith-based) projects.

1.Intellectual Faith Movement

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The intellectual faith movement (#intellectualfaith) is the focus of just about everything I do. The three big areas of my life are faith, music, and technology/academia. #intellectualfaith is a bridge between the areas of the intellectual communities and faith communities. I made a presentation about this a couple weeks ago (will post it eventually). In any case, of all my projects the first and most inclusive is #intellectualfaith. Updates can be found at this blog (www.intellectualfaith.com). This project involves a lot of networking, connecting, and planning.

2. Passion Talks

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Passion Talks (passiontalks.org) is an academic-style conference that is meeting ground for the #intellectualfaith movement. I’ve been pushing for this for about five years now. In (probably August of) 2015, we will be having our third official conference at Stanford University. I would say this is my biggest contribution to the world so far in life. We are currently locking down the keynote and finalizing the vision/mission statement.

3. Google ✝alks and Worship

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I just randomly made this logo, so I’d have an image to share. This is a quarterly talks and worship large gathering. We had the first one a couple weeks ago. It’s blogged about here. Before that, while I was still an intern, we also had a worship night. There’s a lot of enthusiasm for these micro-talks and gatherings.

4. #GDCpray

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This has been an ongoing thing for about 4 or 5 years. It’s a prayer meeting for the video game industry and the Game Developers Conference every year. The updates can be found via the #GDCpray hashtag, and a website (gdcpray.wordpress.com). This one is coming up again next week for GDC 2015.

5. Stanford InterVarsity Grad and Worship Nights

ivgrad_logo_compact_2 I’ve been on volunteer staff for InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries at Stanford University for this school year. I’ve been helping to plan things, mostly Passion Talks and #intellectualfaith related, but also meeting with students and going to small groups. I’ve also been working with students to get together to do worship jams. We have a facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/stanfordworship/

6. Other Worship, Gatherings, and Upcoming

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I’ve been playing a lot of church music. Mostly, bass for Convergence House of Prayer. I was also part of the Stanford Gospel Choir, but I got too busy with family stuff in the last few weeks. My friend, Greg, started a blog and ministry aggregate called, Revival Valley, where you will also find some of intellectualfaith.com. I went to a prayer meeting for Silicon Valley with him and his wife this past weekend.

In addition to all that, I decided to go with a group of Stanford PhD students to the Q Commons meeting in San Francisco. I’m going to a prayer meeting tomorrow morning at Google, and possibly a prayer breakfast in some hotel, for the tech industry in March. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-silicon-valley-prayer-breakfast-featuring-google-exec-kirk-perry-tickets-14142228787. #GDCpray (and GDC) is the following week in San Francisco. Oh, and just to throw this out there, I’m giving a talk about my research at Stanford on Friday as well: http://mediax.stanford.edu/events/Intelligent-Narratives-the-Stories-We-Tell-Ourselves-through-Digital-Media

So, in conclusion, maybe I am doing too much. I’m learning how to say no to things this season, but I also feel like it’s important for me to find some career mentors. If you are still reading this, send up some prayers for that 😛

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