The SJSU Faculty Staff Christian Fellowship is organized for the purpose of honoring and glorifying God. We do this by praying for the well-being of the University community, by setting forth a positive example of the Biblical Christian worldview, by attending to the needs of the campus community, and by sharing the love of God through Jesus Christ.

We welcome all who would like to learn more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus or who desire to glorify God on the SJSU campus.

The Faculty-Staff Christian Fellowship meetings in fall 2019 will be on the first Wednesdays and third Thursdays of the month during the semester, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Central Classroom Building CCB 222. 

Next Meeting

The group will meet at noon on Thursday the 17th of October 2019 in CCB 222 to discuss the Introduction and Chapter 1 from Knowing Christ Today by Dallas Willard. 

Future Meetings

One project for the semester is to read and study the book Knowing Christ Today by Dallas Willard.  The plan is begin discussing Chapter 1 on Thursday the 17th of October.

10/17 Knowing Christ Today book discussion (Chapter 1)
11/6 Barbara Snyder on Thomas
11/21 Knowing Christ Today book discussion (Chapter 2)
12/4 (tentatively) Chaplain Kathey on ministry to SJSU students

The name of the group emphasizes staff and faculty, but students and others are welcome.

Felicia Song to speak Friday, 1 November 2019

Felicia Song will speak at 1 p.m. on Friday the 1st of November in the Campus Village 2 Multipurpose room.    (CV2 MPR)

Exhausted from your Insta-Snap-Tweeting Life? Sociological and Theological Reflections on Technology

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat. While these social media can help us connect with family, friends, and colleagues, they can also exploit the fears and insecurities that shape complex human relationships. How are the commercial interests behind our screens shaping who we are becoming? And how should communities of faith negotiate these contemporary dictates of the digital? Sociological analysis and theological reflection are brought together to address these key questions of our modern-day dilemmas.

Felicia Song is Associate Professor and Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. Having trained in History, Communication Studies and Sociology from Yale, Northwestern, and University of Virginia, and taught at Louisiana State University’s Manship School for Mass Communication, her research is oriented around the rapidly evolving digital technology industry and how the adoption of social media and digital devices fundamentally alters the landscapes of family, community, and organizational life. In addition to her book, Virtual Communities: Bowling Alone, Online Together (Peter Lang 2009), she has conducted research on expectant women’s online information-seeking habits and the evolution of “mommy bloggers” as social media professionals. Currently, she is working on a book project that explores how our contemporary digital habits form us and our imaginations about personhood, time, and place. When she is not working, she enjoys children’s chapter books, searching local consignment shops, and watching “The Great British Baking Show” with her husband and two children.

A poster for her talk is here.


Reasons to Believe

Here are some talks that may be of interest.

Wednesday, Nov 6, 7:00PM, Fazale Rana, "How Should We Think About Evolution?," Dolores Park Church, 455 Dolores Ave, San Francisco, CA (parking nearly impossible; think public transportation)  "How Should We Think About Evolution?"

Thursday, Nov 7, 7:00PM, Fazale Rana and Peter Clarke, "Will Technology End What It Means to be Human?," The Village Forum, West Valley College Campus Center, 14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA (important: see map attached; free tickets at )  West Valley Campus Map  The Village Forum 

Friday, Nov 8, 7:00PM, Fazale Rana, "Creating Life in the Lab," Bridges Community Church Worship Center, 625 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos, CA (note: Worship Center venue, NOT Family Center)  "Creating Life in the Lab"


A Common Call conference

A Common Call conference for faculty and grad students will be on Saturday the 18th of January 2020 at the Hyatt Regency, San Francisco Airport.  Speakers will include Dr. Charles Lee (Stanford University), Dr. Susan Siaw (Cal Poly Pomona), and Renee Begay (Nations: Cru's ministry among Native Americans), and emcee'd by Dr. Buff Furman (San Jose State University).  Registration is at



Ratio Christi, the Campus Apologetics Alliance, has a page for faculty:


 The Lunch Bunch

The Lunch Bunch meets at noon on Thursdays in MLK 392 (King Library).  The group is reading through the New Testament (about 30 minutes per week), and coming together to discuss what they've read.

Paperback Bibles are available at the meeting.  

Email for more information.


For more information contact:

Buff Furman

Department of Mechanical Engineering



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