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.

Articles include:

  • 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.

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Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations