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About Bruce Reyes-Chow
Bruce is a pastor, author, consultant, and coach. A 3rd Generation Chinese/Filipino, armchair sociologist, and technology enthusiast Bruce speaks and teaches on faith, race, parenting, and technology in a variety of contexts from seminaries to conferences to congregations to pre-schools. While he speaks to both religious and secular audiences and is committed to living and expressing a Christian faith that is beautifully complex, unimaginably just, and excruciatingly gracious.
Bruce has been a Presbyterian pastor for over 23 years and served as the founding pastor of Mission Bay Community Church in San Francisco from 2000-2012, a church of young, multicultural and progressive Presbyterians. He has served congregations that have been diverse in size, socio-economics, and ages in Portola Valley, Daly City, and San Francisco. In 2008 he was the youngest person ever elected as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the highest elected office of the then 1.8 million-member denomination.
Bruce’s main work with organizations has dealt with organizational systems, institutional change, and long-term visioning. With individuals he often addresses understanding authentic leadership styles, maintaining work-life balance, and helping people move from passion to implementation. He has experience working with the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Inventory, The Enneagram, as well as being a Gallup-Certified CliftonStrengths and trained in Organizational Transition Leadership and Pastoral Care and Counseling.
Bruce was born, May 3, 1969 in Stockton, CA and his home church is Trinity Presbyterian Church, a church formed to support Filipino immigrants and farmworkers. After growing up in both Sacramento and Stockton, Bruce received his BA in Asian American Studies, Philosophy and Sociology from San Francisco State University (1991), MA from San Francisco Theological Seminary (1995) and an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Austin College (2010). He was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2009.
He is currently the Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, Senior Consultant with the Center for Progressive Renewal, and a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. He extremely active on social media and can be found via @breyeschow on most social networks.
Bruce and his wife, Robin Pugh, have raised three children along with multiple canines, rats, fish, and the occasional crawdad. He is an avid soccer fan, follows the Oakland Athletics Baseball Club, and photography feeds his soul. You can connect with Bruce via @breyeschow on most social networks visit his blog, www.reyes-chow.com, and/or see what others say about him on wikipedia.
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In 40 Days, 40 Prayers, 40 Words, Reyes-Chow encourages readers to pause in the bustle of their daily lives to reflect, engage, and share during the Lenten season. Forty devotions are each framed around a word inspired by the daily lectionary readings and include a short scriptural passage, inspirational prayer, and reflection. Readers who feel too busy for daily engagement with God will appreciate Reyes-Chow's ability to speak to the blessings and burdens of everyday life in a concise, lively manner. Moreover, readers also have the ability to connect with others through interactive elements like QR codes that link to social media and provide access to additional reflections, graphics, and prayers. This unique resource expands the ways we can connect with God, and with each other, both during Lent and at any time along our journeys of faith. Follow along using the hashtag: #40wordprayer.
Sitting in the sweet spot between lectures in academia and activism on the streets, Bruce invites the reader into a salon type of atmosphere where he directly addresses thoughtless words and diversionary tactics, such as dismissing racial discussions as being impolite or avoiding race conversations altogether. He invites the reader to chuckle, gasp, and perhaps nod in understanding as he lists the kinds of statements often used against persons of color in a predominantly white culture. But rather than stopping there, Bruce asks readers to swap shoes with him and reconsider their assumptions about race.
Useful for individual reading, or as a tool for opening group and community discussions, "But I don't see you as Asian" puts one person’s joys and struggles on the table for dissection and discovery.
This book is not a guaranteed how-to manual, nor is it the end-all, be-all of parenting advice. It is a playful guide highlighting the importance of community, parenting the whole child—body, mind, and soul—helping children explore their world, and laughing at the word "balls." It includes words of wisdom for the expectant parent, and even letters to the authors' former, childless selves. While this book is written to help those raising children, it also contains 101 lessons directed at children, always reminding both groups of their one goal: don't be an asshat.