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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. Continue Reading »

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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. Continue Reading »

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By Wendy Choy-Chan

Dear friend,

I am sorry that we seem to have drifted apart lately. Maybe you are thinking that I have changed — I am no longer always agreeing, always approving, always complying. But it is only because I want to be your truer and better friend. Continue Reading »

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By Tina Teng-Henson

Not gonna lie
Working and mothering
Make me a little less friendly
Than usual Continue Reading »

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By Liz Chang

My cat Benny likes to wake me up in the early hours of the morning by biting me or wailing meows like he hasn’t eaten in days. Sometimes, my mom tries to get a hold of me by calling ten times in a row, assuming that I might be able to pick up if she calls enough times within a 30-minute window. When arriving home after a long day from work, I have tripped over my husband’s shoes in the entry hallway. And, when doing laundry, I have forgotten to remove items that would shrink if thrown in the dryer machine. Continue Reading »

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By Joy Wong

Once upon a time, I was good-tempered. Rarely angry, giving others the benefit of the doubt, I had an almost constant, perhaps uncanny, calm exterior. Even in the most tense of situations, people always said they could never tell if I was upset or riled up. What I showed on the outside wasn’t always what was going on inside of me, but I always withheld showing any anger until I had time to process it on my own. Continue Reading »

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By Sharon Lee Song

What is spiritual formation? This term is thrown around in Christian circles, and yet many Christians don’t know what spiritual formation means, and why it is critical to all of us. A good working definition that I have found is from a book called Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation by Robert Mulholland. Mulholland defines spiritual formation as “the process of being formed in the image of Christ for the sake of others.” Continue Reading »

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