This is probably another one of those things that I shouldn’t joke about, as I tend to get pigeon holed as being anti-authority. Albeit, the retreat was indeed hijacked, but just not by me. What retreat am I talking about? … Continue reading Winter Retreat: Hijacked
I was nervous, but I didn’t know why. Two of my dear friends were leading worship for the IV Grad Winter Retreat. The one where PhD students from the bay area get together once a year around Valentine’s Day. So, what does it feel like to worship God with people getting PhD’s? We’ll often it feels like worshipping with people who are passionate about music, sometimes it feels like worshipping with people who just want to sound good for the things that need to happen when Christians gather, and rarely has it ever felt like worshipping with people, passionately in love with God.
What retreat am I talking about? The one where PhD and Masters students (and those who have received those degrees) gather at Camp Hammer in the Santa Cruz mountains to have a retreat. These students and researchers come from Berkeley, … Continue reading Why Henry Should Come to the Retreat
On October 16th, over 30 students (and some who’d already received their degrees) from Stanford, Berkeley, UC San Francisco, and UC Santa Cruz gathered at Stanford’s Old Union building for a “jam session.” These are people studying at the best research and trade schools in the world, getting medical, dental, PhD, and masters degrees. Types of research and professions was anywhere from medicine, computer science, philosophy, to chemical engineering. I’m certain that I shared an evening with the most well educated, if not some of the most talented and intelligent people in the world.
If you want to know a bit of the history, here’s a general introduction. Logistically, this started coming together at the InterVarsity Graduate Student Winter Retreat where I met Ethan and heard about his Multi-Faith Forum at Stanford. I went to that, and there, the thought occurs to me that UC San Francisco wasn’t at the last two retreats (which consisted of grad students fom Stanford, Berkeley, and UCSC). I asked the Grad Fellowship leader at Stanford why UCSF has never been, and the rest of story can be found here:
My last post was about chillin’ with my Stanford friends, and while we were there, I realized that we have no contact with those at UCSF. I asked the Stanford InterVarsity grad director, Pete, why UCSF never comes to our grad retreat (over the winter). He says that they’re invited every year, but never come. Invitations don’t make things happen though, relationships do, and that’s where this story begins.
My last post was about chillin’ with my Stanford friends, and while we were there, I realized that we have no contact with those at UCSF. I asked the Stanford InterVarsity grad director, Peter, why UCSF never comes to our grad retreat (over the winter). He says that they’re invited every year, but never come. Invitations don’t make things happen though, relationships do, and that’s where this story begins.
Tess was, at the time, looking at going into med school, and well, it makes sense for her to visit UCSF (since it is one of the best). I know, I know, I don’t go to UCSF, and I don’t know anyone at UCSF. I mean, why would it make any sense for me to go hang out with them?… Hahaha, since when did making sense ever matter to me?
On the internet, I googled for UCSF Christian groups and got a couple leads. I find, what seems to be, a unity group (holler!) which leads me to contact David Young. I spoke with him once on the phone, but from what I could gather, this guy’s got a heart for unity, and from how he’s organized his ministry endeavors, he’s quite (web) technologically savvy. David tells me that Sonrise Fellowship is the way to go and to contact Daphne and Irene.
Now, UCSF is all grad students, so building ties with any of the groups would be appropriate, so I browse their website, and contact Daphne. I then get Tess (from UCSC), and, from Stanford, Ethan, Felix, Ashley, and Kimmy in an email exchange with the UCSF leaders. This whole time I’m thinking, “Who does this? This makes no sense, but I’m going to pretend like they’d be crazy not to go along with it.”