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2016 CBFA Dialogical Conference

Suiting Up with the Armor of God
February 10, 2017 - California Baptist University
Riverside, CA

Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-18

Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of darkness.
Therefore put on the whole armor of God to withstand evil and stand firm.
Fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness.
As shoes for your feet, put on the gospel of peace.
Take the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
(NRSV, excerpts)


The Christian Business Faculty Association Dialogical Conference advances the strategic goals of the CBFA through faculty development in classroom faith integration and scholarship. A dialogical conference turns “upside down” the activities of a traditional professional conference through the organic construction of knowledge and collaboration. A dialogical approach to faith integration achieves a convergence between biblical texts and discipline-specific knowledge using faculty dialogue and contemplation.  High-impact learning and shared meaning is created by a group of faculty who complete required preparation prior to the conference, interact during the conference guided by carefully designed activities around a central biblical passage, and actively engage in a fast, free flowing, “hot” learning environment.  Take-aways from this approach include new classroom exercises deeply bounded in scripture and critically analyzed by other professors, which integrate faith into business disciplinary content and new ideas for faith integration scholarship.

Comparison of Traditional and Dialogical Conference

Type of Conference






Listen, passive, thinking & reflection

Writing, creative work, scholarship, publishing


Reading, reflection, thinking

Active, creative work, collaboration, writing around a specific topic of interest

Publishing creative work; presentation at a future CBFA conference

Conference Preparation

Before the conference, participants will prepare by reading two or three commentaries and/or theological perspectives on this verse and will spend time reflecting and writing about how their own discipline relates to these verses.  Conference preparation time should not exceed five hours.

Optional Research Opportunity

The purpose of the optional research opportunity is to give faculty a way to assess the impact of a dialogical faith integration exercise on students in one of their classes, and then provide a means of sharing the results on a panel at a future CBFA conference.

Faculty members who choose to participate will:

  • Administer a pre-dialogical conference survey to one class of students. This survey will assess the students’ understanding of Ephesians 6:10-18 as it integrates with business disciplines.
  • Come to the dialogical conference and through participation in the conference, faculty will create a dialogical faith integration exercise for their class.
  • Use the dialogical faith integration exercise in their class with students.
  • Administer a post-dialogical faith integration exercise survey. This survey will re-assess the students’ understanding of Ephesians 6:10-18 as it integrates with business disciplines.
  • Reflect on the difference #3 made in students’ understanding of faith integration in business and how it impacted students.
  • Be invited to participate in a panel at the CBFA national conference 2017 (assuming the panel is accepted at the conference).
  • Due to the need to administer a pre and post survey to students in a class, this research opportunity is best suited for early applicants. Early applications will be processed when they are received, and reading materials including the research pre-survey will be sent when the conference registration fee is received.

Brief Timeline and Schedule of Events

            January 9     Application due (earlier is preferred)

            January 12     Acceptance notifications (or within a week of application submission)

            February 1     Registration fees due

            February 9     Pre-conference dinner (optional, no host)

            February 10     Dialogical conference (required 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. attendance)

            February 10     Next steps and networking dinner (included in registration fee)

Application Process

To apply to participate in this unique dialogical conference experience, fill out and submit the application form by January 19 to beckyhavens@pointloma.edu. For additional information on the application process, email or call Dr. Becky Havens at 619-849-2293.

Registration Fee – DUE February 1

Conference registration is $100.00 which covers the application process, conference reading materials, meeting venue, lunch, snacks, and Friday evening networking dinner. Payment may be made by check or credit card via PayPal. 

  • PayPal account is:  Treasurer@CBFA.org
  • Checks payable to CBFA, with “CBFA Dialogical Conference” on the memo line, and send to: CBFA, 901 E. Alosta Avenue, PO Box 7000, Azusa, CA 91702, Attn: Julia Underwood, School of Business. Email: junderwood@apu.edu; phone: (626)-815-3819.
  • Fees are due on February 1.

Conference Location and Meals

Breakfast is included in the hotel room charge. Lunch, dinner and snacks on Friday are included in the conference fee for participants. Guests are invited to the Friday evening dinner on a no host basis. The conference location is California Baptist University, Jabs School of Business conference room #212 (upstairs, assessable via elevator).

  • The Friday evening networking dinner location is TBA.

Conference Hotel

The conference hotel is the Hyatt Place – Riverside Downtown, 3500 Market Street, Riverside, CA; phone: 951-321-3500. We do not have a reserved block of rooms.

  • Hyatt Place – Riverside Downtown
  • 3500 Market Street
  • 951-321-3500

The closest airport is Ontario International Airport (ONT).  It is 17 miles from Riverside.  Parking is $12 per night per vehicle at the hotel.  Parking on campus is free with guest parking pass.


Conference Developers & Facilitators

Dr. Julia Underwood, Developer & Facilitator
Dr. Becky Havens, Developer & Facilitator
Dr. Adele Harrison, Associate Facilitator
Dr. Bruce Schooling, Theologian

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