Posted by: gcarkner | January 4, 2018

GCU Winter-Spring 2018

 Grad Christian Union, Winter/Spring Term 2018

We exist to help you reach high as a graduate student and to find your truest self. GCU is a network of believers and seekers, a friendly learning community providing mutual support and dialogue. We include those pursuing the deeper life, meaningful character formation, those who want to grow in personal/emotional intelligence as well as in academic skill. We would be excited to meet you and hear about your journey, your passion and your areas of curiosity and joie de vivre. Join us at upcoming activities which include social outings, study group and special lectures. I’d be happy to meet personally over coffee as well. ~Gord

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Welcome to New Opportunities to Expand Your Horizons

 Welcome to UBC if you have just started your program.  We begin January with our study group on Tuesday, January 16 at 7 pm at our home 277 West 16th Ave., Vancouver (just east of Cambie), in the book of II Corinthians, continuing our theme of Incarnation and the New Covenant. We start with an introduction to Paul’s invention of Christian theology with top scholar N.T. (Tom) Wright. GCU sponsors discussion groups, retreats, films, speakers and fun outdoor hikes, some ski trips, in the local mountains. We like international food and fun. GCU is like a little UN with friends from around the globe. Write to if you want to be regularly informed about our activities and resources to enhance your experience at UBC. All of us are on a journey both academically and spiritually. We hope that GCU can add fun, wisdom and colour to that adventure as you travel with new companions. Success in grad school is aided by a good support group–walking through your challenges with others. You have much to offer to UBC and to other students, things from the centre of your passion, questions that lead into curious investigation. We have just released a book written by our staff support worker Gordon Carkner which gives the spirit of GCU, and we think that you will benefit from it as a resource. It is called The Great Escape from Nihilism: rediscovering our passion in late modernity

GCU helps you navigate 

Joined by his wife Ute, and a number of UBC faculty interested in supporting graduate students, Gord loves to hear stories from around the world and he enjoys the wonder of engaging our Christian faith with culture and with science. In one sense, we drill down into the ancient Christian heritage of the university.  Ute has expertise in spiritual formation and intercession. Contact her for prayer about your issues. We work hard for you! GCU is all about dialogue, discussion, probing good question and personal growth, keeping us on the cutting edge.

First Lecture of 2018

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