Laughing My Way to a Better Me

Early in my professional journey I was told by more than one person it would be advantageous to have a mentor. I remember being told that this mentor should be, “7-10 years older than myself,” somebody who “I admired” and a person that could “relate to my passions.” I still believe this to be sound […]

“Making Scholarship Effective for Good”

As Fresno Pacific prepares to celebrate our 75th Anniversary year, we would like to take a moment to reflect on Alpha Chi Interdisciplinary Honor Society, which is also our longest-standing honor society. Fresno Pacific’s chapter began in 1985, and it has received “Star Chapter” recognition for 15 consecutive years. Alpha Chi is made up of […]

75 Years of Possible Happens Here

This year Fresno Pacific University will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding in the Central Valley of California. It was started as Pacific Bible Institute by the Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches and has grown to become a Christian multicultural university with campuses in Fresno, Bakersfield, Visalia and Merced as well as […]

Reaching the “Nones” by Addressing Big Issues Together

 “’Nones’ now as big as evangelicals, Catholics in the US” read the headlines a few weeks ago in media as varied as CNN, The Christian Post and the National Catholic Reporter, announcing that there are more people in the United States who claim no religious affiliation (23 percent) than either evangelical Christians or Catholics (both […]

Learning the Ministry of Presence

One day in 2001 I got a phone call from my sister. “Our mom died this morning,” she said. It was shocking to me and I didn’t know what to do. I was taking a break from my college after two years. I ran to the hospital and I saw the body of my mom. […]

Betwixt and Between

My favorite part of the day is from the first light of dawn until the sun breaks into its fullness. It is God’s daily invitation to join in his redeeming work. It is in this liminal space, “betwixt and between” darkness and light, that hope rises. Every single day. And it is to this hope-filled […]

Music Lessons with a Socially Conscious Beat

A cursory glance at the business section of The New York Times would tell you that our economy is doing quite well, and Americans are enjoying a level of economic prosperity we have not seen in a long time. Yet this economic growth has not benefited everyone. For me, this reality is no more apparent […]

Thriving Without Striving

 “You’re like a knife when you enter the room,” said my acting professor after my first grad school audition. “The way you dress, the way you present your audition material—it’s a perfectly wrapped package. There’s a completeness and slickness to your work that makes you untouchable. Where is the human part of you?” “What’s he […]