GCU Events Fall 2019

Welcome to Information on GCU Events or to be added to the GCU listserv

contact Gord    gcarkner@shaw.ca

Ute for Prayer  and Spiritual Direction    ucarkner@shaw.ca 

Welcome to GCU Fall Term 2019

A Home for Adventuresome and Reflective People

looking for something deeply relevant to life

RSVP gcarkner@shaw.ca


co-sponsored with CSCA, the  Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation


GCU Staff Mentors

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Gordon Carkner (Gord):  gcarkner@shaw.ca.

and Ute Carkner  ucarkner@shaw.ca

Welcome to UBC, a Great Opportunity to Expand Your Horizons

 Welcome to UBC! We are all on a journey academically and personally. We hope that GCU can add fun, spice and colour to that adventure. Our updates are on the GCU Blog Site www.ubcgcu.org We post important lectures, social events and study group information, places to intersect with others who can build your imagination. It is a great network of creative minds and you add much with your background experiences, academic passion and searching questions. We hope that you will find it a home away from home in a community of mutual support. You can also ask questions or get information at gcarkner@shaw.ca or gord.carkner@gmail.com


 GCU Study Group Begins Thursday, September 12, 7:00 pm @ Regent College Atrium. Romans Disarmed.  Investigative-discursive in style. Focus: Discovering our calling and the way home, with a counter-cultural faith.

Weekly Prayer: Meet Ute for Prayer on Wednesdays  Text Ute at 778.840.3549; Email: ucarkner@shaw.ca


GCU is here to help you enhance your UBC grad experience

  • Building a Christian Voice within in Academia: faith and reason in collaboration.
  • Discover Great Resources to support your thinking, research and broaden your horizons: theological, philosophical, historical, justice, etc.
  • Hospitality, meals, celebrations, friendship, collaboration.
  • Scripture Study Plus on theme of  Investigating the Power of Agape Love (Tuesdays at 7:00 pm). Starts with tea and dessert at 277 West 16th We add in TED talks, documentary clips, music, your creative input and questions.
  • Support, problem-solving and mentorship from UBC faculty members.
  • GCU Blog (ubcgcu.org) reaching students in 92 countries. Join UBC faculty, students, international writers, and GCU staff: spark a conversation and promote creative writing.
  • New 2018 Book for the GCU/GFCF Vision: Mapping the Future: Arenas od Discipleship and Spiritual Formation. 2016: The Great Escape from Nihilism: rediscovering our passion in late modernity by Gordon E. Carkner, Ph.D. It gives you some history of our dialogue and debates over the years.
  • Apologetics Training/Resources: Learn about constructive dialogue with a friend.
  • Join our Listserv for GCU weekly updates: Gord Carkner, GCU Staffgcarkner@shaw.ca

We Provide Opportunities to Expand Your Horizons

GCU begins its  program in September with a Dinner Reception on Wednesday, September 12 at 6:00 pm at the home of Professor Ed and Anne Jull, 1828 Western Parkway, at UBC. We sponsor discussion groups, retreats, films, speakers and fun outdoor hikes in the local mountains. We like international food and fun. GCU is a little bit like the UN with friends from around the globe. Write to gcarkner@shaw.ca to RSVP for the dinner reception or 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. You have so much to offer to UBC and to other students, things from the heart of your passion. The group loves to explore important questions that lead to curious investigation and discovery. We have just released a book last fall written by our staff support worker Gordon Carkner which gives the spirit of GCU. We think you will benefit from it as a personal resource for inspiration. The book is called The Great Escape from Nihilism: rediscovering our passion in late modernity.


Saturday Hikes September 8 North Shore Mountains: contact Ute ucarkner@shaw.ca T: 778.840.3549


Regular Thursday Study Group Join us for dessert and study at 277 west 16th ave. starting on September 18 at 7:00 p.m. This fall we are working on the theme: Investigating the Power of Agape Love. The questions from academic life can be brought to the Scriptures and the study of the Bible can inform our academic work in surprising and life-giving ways.

Finally, Ute offers opportunities for reflective prayer and spiritual direction Wednesday mornings on campus. These are often quite transformative: ucarkner@shaw.ca Join her to make space for God in your busy life.

Because GCU is interdisciplinary, interdenominational and international, it creates a lively conversation as people bring their wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise to the table. We look forward to hearing about your research passion and the questions you are exploring.

Have a super fall at UBC,

Gord & Ute Carkner, Your GCU Mentors and Support

Gordon holds a Ph.D. Philosophical Theology (also trained in Human Physiology at Queen’s University, and theology in TEDS Deerfield, Illinois)

Ute has a Masters in Spiritual Direction, Regent College (also Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education)

Contact us for prayer, coffee or to be added to the GCU Listerv



Let us know if we can assist you in settling into UBC grad student life.

Here to Help You Soar

Find that Work-Life-Fun Balance at GCU

Previous Fall Retreat Photos

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We’d be happy to meet you for coffee or lunch to get to know each other.

Feel free to browse the rich variety of information on this blog


Ask us about faculty mentors

Let us know if we can assist you in settling into UBC grad student life.








 “Carve Out Space for God” 

Ute ucarkner@shaw.ca


More information/or to be added to regular listserv:  gcarkner@shaw.ca


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