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2020 Faith in Practice

Dialogical Conference

February 21, 2020

Ontario, California

Conference applications due January 29, 2020.

Just a Closer Walk with Thee

Luke 4: 18-19 and Isaiah 61:1-2a


The Christian Business Faculty Association Faith in Practice 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.

Conference Preparation

Before the conference, participants will prepare by reading two or three commentaries and/or theological perspectives on the conference passages listed below (Luke 4:18-19 and Isaiah 61:1-2a) and will spend time reflecting and writing about how their own discipline relates to these verses.  Conference preparation time should not exceed five hours.

Luke 4:18-19

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. 

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,

to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

Isaiah 61:1-2a

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me

to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor

Brief Timeline and Schedule of Events

January 29     Application due (earlier is preferred/expedited; prior participants welcome)

February 7     Acceptance notifications (expedited for early submissions)

February 12   Registration fees due (reading materials sent when registration is received)          

February 20   Pre-conference dinner (optional, no host)

February 21   Dialogical conference (required 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. attendance)

February 21   Next steps and networking dinner (included in registration fee for participants; guests are welcome - no host)

Application Process

To participate in this unique dialogical conference experience, complete and submit the online application form by January 29 (earlier is preferred). For additional information on the application process, contact Dr. Becky Havens at (619) 849-2293 (office).




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. 


Write checks to CBFA and include"CBFA Faith in Practice Dialogical Conference" in the memo line.  Checks should be mailed to:

Dr. Margie LaShaw, CBFA Treasurer

24311 E. Rockford Idaho Road

Rockford, WA  99030

For questions about mailing a check, email Dr. LaShaw at



Conference Location/Hotel, Contact and Meals

Location and Hotel

Embassy Suites by Hilton

3663 East Guasti Road

Ontario, CA  91761


Hotel is located minutes from the Ontario airport.  Conference 

sessions will be held in the hotel boardroom.


Breakfast is included in the hotel room charge.  Lunch, dinner and snacks on Friday are included in the conference fee for participants.  

Guest are invited to the Friday evening networking dinner on a no host basis.  Location for this dinner is TBA.

Conference Developers and Facilitators

Dr. Julia Underwood, Co-Director, Developer and Facilitator

Dr. Becky Havens, Co-Director, Developer and Facilitator

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Comparison of Traditional and Dialogical Conferences



Conference Type



Pre-Conference Type


Reading, reflection, thinking


Listening, passive, thinking and reflection

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


Writing, creative work, scholarship, publishing

Publishing, creative work; presentation at a future CBFA conference

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