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By Diana Gee

Of all of Aristole’s 12 virtues, liberality was one I had to look up to understand. It’s not a word that is used anymore, at least not in the way it originally meant. Perhaps a more familiar term would be generosity, which is practiced faithfully by many followers of Jesus. However there is a component of wisdom in liberality that is not captured by the use of “generosity.” Continue Reading »

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By Ajung Sojwal

The word “temperance” for me, connects most strongly to The Temperance Movement in history against alcohol consumption. Being in a place to hear life stories of many parishioners, I am deeply aware of the destruction alcoholism brings into the lives of individuals, families and communities. Continue Reading »

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By Angela Ryo

Growing up, my mom used to always say, “Everything in moderation!” She became Presbyterian because she loved doing everything “decently and in order.” Although I was raised in a Presbyterian church, our youth group worshiped like Pentecostals. We cared about the movement of the Holy Spirit and sometimes that movement seemed to defy order. Continue Reading »

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By Sarah D. Park

When I meet someone for the first time, I find that I am struck by their collective narrative first before giving their individual narrative a chance. I’ll take in what they’re wearing, how they’re standing, the color of their skin, the range of vocabulary, you name it, and by default, my brain will come to certain categorical conclusions that will help me better navigate how to know this person standing before me. Continue Reading »

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By Diana Kim

“Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.”
-Proverbs 10:19
“Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.” -Proverbs 21:23

“Why are you so abrasive?” “You should present yourself in a calmer demeanor.” Continue Reading »

Courage: To Mourn

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By Wendy Choy-Chan

I got the news of the sudden passing of my cousin. He was just a few years older than me, but his children are still very young, the littlest twins are only around two years old. He always posted pictures of his four children on Facebook, of family outings or just them hanging out in the house. It’s hard to believe that he’s gone, just like that. Continue Reading »

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By Tina Teng-Henson

I never set out to be a pastor. It has simply been the next step of obedience in my following after Christ. My motherhood has felt similar. It was the general hope but the specific plan was not hashed out in great detail. Buying a house last month also happened with that same blend of hope, intentionality, openness yet epistemological uncertainty about how, when, if, why and whether it would actually occur. Continue Reading »

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