June 20, 2014

Orozco: Workshop examines religious pluralism

A workshop at Fresno State will examine the importance of religious pluralism.

A workshop at Fresno State will examine the importance of religious pluralism.

The "Religious Pluralism in the Common Core State Standards" workshop is scheduled Aug. 9 at Fresno State. The event is part of a two-year grant project for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The workshop is designed for high school history and English teachers to:

Learn how to prevent hate crimes in the world's most diverse schools.

Learn classroom exercises that reduce prejudices and increase civility.

Learn how religious literacy improves retention and college readiness.

Learn about religion in the novels of John Steinbeck and Rudolfo Anaya.

The workshop is co-sponsored by California State University, Chico, San Diego State and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

The application deadline is June 30.

Details: email, or or call (559) 278-6644.

The Bridge pastor is leaving for new job

The Rev. Scott Hansen, senior pastor of The Bridge on Ashlan Avenue in central Fresno, has announced he is leaving the church to accept a similar job at First Baptist Church of Elk Grove.

Hansen has served at The Bridge since August 2005. He previously was a missionary in Europe with his wife Michelle for 18 years.

The Bridge is planning a church-wide "thank you party" for the Hansen family on Sunday, June 22, which is Scott Hansen's final day in the pulpit.

During the church transition, executive pastor Chris Calvert will lead The Bridge staff.

The church is at 3438 E. Ashlan Ave.

Details: or (559) 226-4100.

Armenian ecclesiastical group meets in Fresno

The Armenian Evangelical Union of North America general assembly will be held Thursday, June 26, through June 29 at University Square Hotel, 4691 N. Cedar Ave.

The theme — "Forging Ahead for Christ" — is based on Philippians 3:14: "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

The AEUNA is an ecclesiastical confederation of 33 churches and one fellowship in the United States, Canada and South America.

The gathering also will include the convention of the Armenian Evangelical Youth Fellowship.

The Rev. Donald Sunukjian, professor of preaching and chairman of the department of Christian Ministry and Leadership at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, is the conference speaker. He also is pastor of the Armenian Christian Fellowship of Orange County, based in Costa Mesa.

Members of the AEUNA general assembly and the youth convention will come together at a celebration banquet on June 28 and a worship service June 29 at Pilgrim Armenian Congregational Church, 3673 N. First St.

Details: or (559) 323-5502.

Ministry hosts program on human trafficking

A program on human trafficking awareness will be presented at the Christian Business Women's Connection-Fresno breakfast meeting at 7 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, at Pardini's, 2257 W. Shaw Ave.

Jessica Pittman of the Central Valley Justice Coalition and Andrea Shabaglian of Made for Them will speak.

CBWC-Fresno seeks to provide a network of opportunities, where Christian businesswomen can expand their impact in the marketplace and community.

Cost is $15 for members or $20 for nonmembers.

Details: or (559) 225-5095.

Gospel event will benefit foster youth

Family Gospel Fest will be presented 1 to 4 p.m. June 28 at the Fresno State Satellite Student Union.

Featured performers are David Haynes & the Gospel Worshipers, Christian David and Friends, and the City of Refuge United Church of Christ Choir of Oakland.

The event is free. An offering will be taken.

Proceeds will benefit the Cultural Broker Family Advocate Program, which works on behalf of foster youths and their families in the child welfare system.

Details: (559) 486-1477.


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