The January/February 2021 Christian Leader (the U.S. Mennonite Brethren magazine) includes contributions from several authors with connections to FPU in an issue on racism in the MB church and its institutions.
- Dina Gonzalez-Pina, former FPU assistant dean of multicultural ministries and now director of West Coast Mennonite Central Committee (MCC): “An Invitation to Understand Racism.”
- Mike Rea, (BA ’03), intercultural studies alumnus and now learning coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee: “A Mennonite Tesserae.” The subject is the growing diversity of the U.S. MB church and the challenges of being an MB person of color in the midst of a white MB church (and FPU) culture.
- Mark Isaac, former vice president at advancement at FPU and senior staff member at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary and now pastor at New Life Community Church (Dinuba MB): “She’s Difficult.” The article is about coming to terms with the part he played in a situation at FPU that perpetuated systemic racism.
- Jamie Mack, FPBS student and associate pastor of worship and discipleship at North Fresno Church (MB): “The Power of a Good Story.” She explores the importance of using books in teaching our children to be anti-racist.
- Darren Duerksen, Ph.D., associate professor of intercultural and religious studies: “God’s Blessing or White Privilege?” He looks at his ongoing journey learning about his and his white MB church’s privilege.
See the entire magazine at christianleadermag.com/