Senior Professionals Announcement 3/26

The Senior Professionals seminar for next week Tuesday, March 26 (2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the British Columbia Lounge), features Randy White on "Community Transformation: Is it for People of Faith?"  Faculty and staff are invited to attend as guests of the Senior Professionals group.


Community transformation has a long history in the United States, going all the way back to the Settlement House Movement begun by Jane Addams in the late 19th century. It believed that society cannot be healthy if part of it is sick; that economic and environmental conditions, as well as individual character, determine a person’s station and welfare in society; and that poverty must be treated systemically—its causes, not just its symptoms, be addressed—if it is to be alleviated. 


Although it has taken different forms over time, today community transformation remains a significant social movement that embodies a wide range of efforts that endeavor to transform the lives of people and the communities in which they live. But is this a movement in which people of faith should be involved—as participants and as leaders?  Fresno Pacific University thinks so, and its Center for Community Transformation not only encourages people of faith to participate in transforming their community, but to provide leadership in doing so. 


Dr. Randy White is the dynamic Executive Director of FPU’s Center for Community Transformation. He will be introducing the Center to us, describing its origins, explaining its purpose and how it is motivated by faith, and painting a portrait of how it carries out its purpose and the kind of impacts it has already had.