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By Diana Kim

I text you randomly, sometimes late in the evening, asking if you are available to meet.
We rally at a local diner and order a few items off their menu to justify our taking up space.
An appetizer. A cup of coffee. A dessert item.
Once we have been situated, I let out my frustrations from the day and the week.
I let out my frustrations that made me so upset I could not hold it in any longer, that I needed to call you that I might share with someone.
I complain about work and how I find the workplace so toxic. I complain about the messed up family situation I am in. I complain about life. Continue Reading »

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By Wendy Choy-Chan

Aristotle named “Friendship” as one of the virtues that we should strive to have. He described three levels of friendship – friendship for the sake of utility, friendship for the sake of pleasure, and friendship for the sake of the pursuit of good.

In life, we have all three levels of friendship, and sometimes we advance from one level to the next when circumstances allow. Continue Reading »

Friendship: In Haikus

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By Tina Teng-Henson

I. Friendship Haikus

Grace:
Scant years of overlap
Wistful regret for moving
Always in my heart

Diana:
Earliest friendship
Very different lives these days
Pen pals from the start Continue Reading »

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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. Continue Reading »

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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. Continue Reading »

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. Continue Reading »

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