FPU, seminary represented at Mennonite Health Services assembly

Faculty, students and alumni participated in the 2016 Mennonite Health Services Annual Assembly “Finding Abundance in Scarcity,” March 31-April 1 in Sacramento.

Randy White, D.Min., associate professor of community transformation and executive director of the Center for Community Transformation at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary, gave the keynote address at the opening general session. His title was “Finding Abundance in Scarcity Through Faith Tradition and an Assets-based Approach.”

Dina Gonzalez-Piña, Jose Eduardo Chaves, Patricia Vazquez and Jennifer Lehman presented the second general session: “Finding Abundance in Scarcity Through New Generations and Cultures.” Gonzalez-Piña is assistant dean of multicultural affairs at FPU, Chavez is a current FPU student, Vasquez graduated from FPU in 2015 and is now an admissions counselor and Lehman is director of development at Swiss Village in Berne, IN.

Valerie Rempel, Ph.D., dean of the seminary, associate professor, J.B. Toews Chair of History and Theology and MHS board member served as assembly master of ceremonies. Angela Hernandez, student in the Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy program, presented the workshop “Holistic Healing: Conceptualizing Mental Health Using Systems Theory.” She was also student representative to the planning committee.


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