What’s better than a good book, a great cup of coffee and a tasty pastry? How about conversation with the authors?

That’s what happening April 8, 2017, at a book signing for Out of Nazareth: Christ-Centered Civic Transformation in Unlikely Places. Stop by Lanna Coffee, 617 Broadway, Fresno, between 10:00 a.m. and noon and quench your physical and intellectual hunger and thirst. Admission is free; books will be available.

Guests will be book editors Randy White and H Spees and a selection of those who wrote chapters for the February Urban Loft release. White, D. Min., is executive director of Center for Community Transformation and associate professor of Community Transformation at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary (FPBS). Spees, D.Min., is a pastor and community activist involved with organizations including the international leadership development network Leadership Foundations. He is also an instructor at Fresno Pacific University (FPU).

All authors are or have been involved with churches and other organizations in Fresno: Monika Grasley with LifeLine Community Development Corporation; Jacob Chao-Lun Huang, Ph.D., is assistant professor of sociology at FPU; Cathleen Lawler with Clovis Christian Church; Phil and Rici Skei with On Ramps Covenant Church; Yammilette Rodriguez with Youth Leadership Institute; and Bryson White with Faith in Community. In addition to White, Spees and Huang, several other authors have a connection with the university and/or seminary: Lawler is a ministry coach and graduate, Rodriguez is a graduate and former staff member and the Skeis are graduates.

Book profits will be used to send local leaders to the Christian Community Development Association. “All of us offer it in the hopes that it can be useful for those seeking to join together in Christ-centered civic transformation,” White said.

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Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations