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Photo by CLAUDIA DEA

Photo by CLAUDIA DEA

By Ajung Sojwal

In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. Mark 1:35

One of the lessons I have had to learn as priest and pastor to a church is the one about the priesthood of being a sacred symbol for the people. Continue Reading »

Photo by Ingrid Taylar

Photo by Ingrid Taylar

By Jerrica KF Ching

The idea of self-regulation is to regulate one’s self without intervention from external factors, and I for one am often influenced by external factors.  It is very easy to respond positively to a positive outcome.  Positive outcomes include: when we find out we received that job we were hoping for, when an event we planned in ministry goes well, or when we are recognized for our efforts by others.  Continue Reading »

Photo by Malcolm Slaney

Photo by Malcolm Slaney

By Melanie Mar Chow

“Self-regulation… [is] the quality of emotional intelligence that liberates us from living like hostages to our impulses.”  — Daniel Goleman, A Star Leader’s Secret Weapon

It must be February! Why?  My recent trips to the gym have thinned, post-New Year’s resolutions. Only thin people persevere to regulate body size.  Where are all of my new friends who were going to lose weight this year with me?  What happened to my own discipline, especially when I got a cold and didn’t go to the gym for a few weeks? Continue Reading »

8058650110_38e0ba2138_zBy Diana Gee

By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.

–Gal 5:22-23

 

This past week I was in an ordination workshop. The class was made up of people in the process of being recognized as set apart for the ministry of shepherding God’s flock. What this all means is still being worked out both for me and for my church. For the record, I have no actual agricultural experience. The closest is of the gardening variety and pet-sitting. I feel unqualified and doubtful most of the time. Nonetheless, it’s a journey worth travelling, even if it is rather daunting and lonely. Continue Reading »

Photo by Michal Ziembicki

Photo by Michal Ziembicki

By Eun Joo Angela Ryo

One of the life-changing experiences I had last year was to walk the Camino from Portugal to Spain to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.  I was part of a group of sixteen women from church, ages ranging anywhere from mid 70s to early 40s.  We walked over hundred miles in two weeks and became sisters for life. Continue Reading »

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Photo by pedro sorrentin

By Ajung Sojwal

After being ordained a priest in the Episcopal church for ten years now, I am just beginning to understand this extraordinary call from Jesus. It has taken a crisis to bring about the crushing of my ego to make room for the real heart of a priest and a prophet from God. Why prophet? Continue Reading »

By Ben Sutherland

By Ben Sutherland

By Sarah D. Park

I was reading Rebecca Solnit’s book The Faraway Near, and she wrote about leprosy as a physical condition and as a social metaphor. Interestingly enough, leprosy “strangles nerves, kills off feeling, and what you cannot feel you cannot take care of: not the disease but the patient does the damage.” Continue Reading »

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