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By Debbie Gin

What kinds of ministry can women be called to? What kinds of ministry are women called to?

These were questions lurking in my mind as I analyzed data from a recent comprehensive study of women leaders in the world of theological education. (more…)

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By Sharon Lee Song

When I learned that this month’s theme was Wit (one of Aristotle’s 12 virtues), my first thought was, “Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.” If you’re a Harry Potter nerd like I am, you’ll immediately recognize that these words are from one of the co-founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Rowena Ravenclaw. (more…)

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Wit: New Connections

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By Joanne Moon

I have a son who is autistic. He is just past the category of non-verbal into a sort of pre-conversation. He can sound out words, repeat words and at times intentionally use them, usually just one at a time or in a pre-formulated and scripted way. (more…)

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By Melanie Mar Chow

As I pen the final “truthfulness” entry of this month, I’m grateful to AAWOL sister, April! She provided Artistotle’s definition of truthfulness to anchor this offering. How does living life with no deceitful or manipulative actions or verbal responses look for Asian American women in Christian leadership? (more…)

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By April Yamasaki

As I write this, it is the eve of another federal election in Canada. Key issues include climate policy, pipelines, taxes, the economy, pharmacare to cover medication expenses, childcare, Indigenous policy, immigration. But in the midst of all of these, the issue of truthfulness seems to come up again and again.

Did the Prime Minister pressure the Justice Minister and Attorney General to interfere in a criminal prosecution? He said the report was “false,” but on examination of the evidence the ethics commissioner noted several “troubling” attempts to influence the judicial process. (more…)

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By Emi Iwanaga

“I myself am the road,” replied Jesus,
“and the truth and the life.
John 14:6 (Phillips)

I have no greater joy than to hear
that my children are walking in the truth.
3 John 1:4 (NIV) (more…)

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By Ajung Sojwal

The phrase “truth decay” is being used a lot these days, especially on NPR. When I first heard the phrase, it stopped me in my tracks. How did we manage to come to this place where the word decay is used so frequently to qualify truth? (more…)

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By Angela Ryo

I’ve developed a wonderful habit in the last several months: when someone asks me how I’m doing, and I can feel the genuineness of the question, I pause and dig deep inside myself to give an honest reply. Often times I say, “Hmmm how AM I doing? Let me see. Can you hold on a sec?” I love these moments because it gives me an excuse to pause and check where I am and how I’m really feeling. (more…)

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By Sarah D. Park

On an unconscious level, I think that I’ve made it a personal challenge to never be described as friendly. The sound of the word bothers me. The connotation of the word bothers me. “Friendly” is the word I use to describe someone when I don’t have anything better to say. A generic pass that someone is easy to talk to, accessible, deferential. (more…)

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By Diana Kim

When I was a school teacher, I developed a mantra that I carried over into my ministry when I served as a children’s pastor: You can be friendly to your students but you cannot be their friend. When you are a child’s friend, the child may not recognize you as an authority figure and will not listen to you when it is time to do so; this affects the teaching and potential discipline. (more…)

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