Dr. Alexander Jun and Reverend Wendy Tajima discuss how living out the Christian faith includes recognizing one’s complicity in anti-black racism alongside showing solidarity for the black community, and invite you to attend the AAPI Christians for Black Lives prayer vigil in Los Angeles on August 1st. (Intro: A Bridge Too Far)
DR. ALEXANDER JUN is a professor of higher education at Azusa Pacific University and an elder at New Life Presbyterian Church of Orange County. He was moderator of the 45th General Assembly for the Presbyterian Church in America. He is the author of the book “White Evolution: The Constant Search for Racial Consciousness.”
REVEREND WENDY TAJIMA was born and raised in Pasadena, earned her bachelor’s degree at Stanford University, and received an MBA from UCLA in 1986. She has worked in social services and the computer industry, including nine years in middle management at Apple Computer, and served in various volunteer capacities, including as a crisis line counselor for victims of domestic violence, a trainer in cultural diversity, and a grant writer and program developer for a nonprofit computer consulting center.
Raised as the niece, granddaughter, and cousin of pastors, she finally accepted her call to ministry and was ordained in 1997 by the Presbyterian Church, which supported her work with the Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ for 10 years. Wendy follows her family’s understanding of living out our faith through seeking the justice and peace of God in this world rather than simply waiting for heaven. She considers it a blessing to have grown up in racially diverse Pasadena and initially focused her efforts on advocating for women and acting as a volunteer trainer in empowering children and confronting racism. As a pastor, she has led retreats in spirituality and served as worship leader in a variety of settings.
Returning to Pasadena in 2007, Wendy first worked as Associate Dean of San Francisco Theological Seminary, then was Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of the Pacific, and has been Executive Presbyter for the San Grabriel Presbytery since April 2014, offering support to 39 Presbyterian churches from Eagle Rock to Claremont and Pomona.