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Explore images and videos from Fernando’s story and career.

Preaching Humanism

The Humanist Identity

Video presentation of Fernando’s powerful opening talk for the Secular Student Alliance Con, July 2016.

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Images from To the Cross and Back

  • From Chapter 3: The Body of Christ.

    From Chapter 3: The Body of Christ.

    Taking the wafer on his First Communion at the beginning of his journey to the cross and back.
  • From Chapter 3: The Body of Christ.

    From Chapter 3: The Body of Christ.

    Fernando sitting with his godfather at during mass at his First Communion ceremony.
  • From Chapter 5: The Good News.

    From Chapter 5: The Good News.

    Easter of ’94, taken after a day of ministry in Mexicali, Mexico. In the picture are Fernando, David, Joel, Scott, Eben and Matt.
  • From Chapter 10: To the Ends of the Earth.

    From Chapter 10: To the Ends of the Earth.

    At Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying in Phnom Penh, Cambodia working with children in the AIDS ward. Watay on the right.
  • From Chapter 10: To the Ends of the Earth.

    From Chapter 10: To the Ends of the Earth.

    Playing guitar for “grandpa” at Mother Theresa’s Home for the Dying in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia. Erin doing the signs for the song.
  • From Chapter 9: More Than Words.

    From Chapter 9: More Than Words.

    Mano Hermana press conference at the Mexicali Zoo with government officials and APU administrators in front of U.S. and Mexico media.
  • From Chapter 11: Crack on the Windshield.

    From Chapter 11: Crack on the Windshield.

    The APU van after the rollover accident after a missionary training trip in Ensenada, Mexico.
  • From Chapter 12: When Death Paid a Visit.

    From Chapter 12: When Death Paid a Visit.

    Picture taken on that hike to the waterfall, right before falling off that boulder.
  • From Chapter 12: When Death Paid a Visit.

    From Chapter 12: When Death Paid a Visit.

    Second week at the hospital. A lot of surgery still had to be done, not to mention months of painful recovery.
  • From Chapter 13: Churching the World

    From Chapter 13: Churching the World

    During Youth Service at the UMC’s Annual Conference in Redlands, California.
  • From Chapter 13: Churching the World

    From Chapter 13: Churching the World

    Lighting up Bishop Swenson’s candle during Youth Service at UMC’s Annual Conference in Redlands, California. From Chapter 13: Churching the World.
  • From Chapter 15: Friends No More

    From Chapter 15: Friends No More

    Ricky (left), Fernando (center), and Danny (right) with the cruise in the background, before going on that fateful climb up the hill.

Tolerance, Compassion & Understanding

Sensibly Speaking Podcast

As a guest on the podcast, Fernando discusses tolerance and activism in the atheist and religious community and how this should best be done.

Adventure Calls

  • Grand Canyon

    Grand Canyon

    Hiking down and up the Grand Canyon. Just nine months after losing control of his legs (when they said he wouldn’t ever do it again).
  • Godfather

    Godfather

    Sky Diving in Oahu’s North Shore, during a break from a UMC Conference.
  • Missionarized

    Missionarized

    Right before starting the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Two years after his fall off the boulder; first time running since.
  • Does Whatever a Spider Can

    Does Whatever a Spider Can

    Climbing trees in Ramona Falls, CA–first time visiting before the accident.
  • TB Ward Fun Times

    TB Ward Fun Times

    Bouldering in Joshua Tree National Park, CA–one of his favorite spots in the world.
  • Colorful Colorado

    Colorful Colorado

    Climbing at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO.
  • Dark History

    Dark History

    Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and Memorial, Oranienburg, Germany
  • Paris

    Paris

    Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

Running with the Bulls

La Fiesta Más Grande

Fernando’s experience Running with the Bulls during “Festival de San Fermin” in Pamplona, Spain–which they call “La Fiesta Más Grande (The Greatest Party).

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