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Photo by Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho

Photo by Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho

By Maria Liu Wong

It is a gift to be able to say “no.” And it is a gift also to be able to say “yes.”

No matter who I talk to — whether women leaders in Christian theological education in Africa, Asia and North America, a collaborative mentoring group of female colleagues who are alumnae from my doctoral program at Columbia, or the local church women’s fellowship group I host and lead — the pressure, internal and external, to achieve holds our lives in sway. The world tells us it is normative to be known and valued by our actions and achievements. (more…)

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Photo by Jonathan Kos-Read

By Tina Teng-Henson

Dear Reader,

I realize, I don’t really know you. I read your little bios at the bottom of your blog posts, and I remember bits and pieces of things you’ve shared over the years… but who are you really? And who the heck am I? 🙂 Our words take us a long way on this journey to know and be known – yet at their best, they are still an approximation.

It’s mid-January, 2015. I don’t have any formal ministry responsibilities lined up ahead of me. I have one class this quarter then one class next quarter — then I’m done with my MDiv. I am, Lord willing, going to give birth to our second baby this summer, but that’s about it. (more…)

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Photo by jenny downing

By Ann Chen

I’ve always been somebody who’s rushing from one thing to the next.

In my grade school days, I often would be the first one done, often forgoing neatness to finish faster. At home, my mom always commented that I didn’t seem to want to stay still and rarely just sat down and rested, going from youth group to movies with friends to working on the paper at school. (more…)

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By Wendy Choy-Chan

Having prepared for nearly two years for our Holy Land trip, my heart was full of excitement and expectation as we set foot upon the soil of Israel.  And the first destination being the stations of the cross – via Dolorosa, inside the old city of Jerusalem – how profound and transforming this walk would be!

I had walked the stations of the cross in other monasteries before, stopping at each station to ponder the heart of Jesus as he took his last steps towards his death, completing His mission on earth, fulfilling the purpose of God.  So imagine how great it was for me to walk the actual path that Jesus took two thousand years ago.  But then…

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Photo by MiRea

By Wendy Choy-Chan

Recently, I have succumbed to “checklist praying.” It all started out in the summer when several mishaps came about in my family.  I named them one by one, handing them over to God.  And then, another mishap.  I still remember saying to God, “There are so many little things in life that could happen that I don’t even think much about. Thank you for watching over us.  What would I do without You?” (more…)

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Photo by Malkav

By Wendy Choy-Chan

A small incident happened a few days ago, so small that in the grand scheme of things, it was like finding one weed out of a whole football field of green grass. But you know how it goes sometimes — you start to wonder if there are more weeds sprouting around, if you have not been taking good care of things, or even, if you are losing control over life. And the dominos start to fall down one by one. (more…)

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By Wendy Choy-Chan

These few weeks have been quite hectic.  The start of a new school year means new schedules for everyone.  Who to pick up whom at what time from where to where is the question I ask everyday, many times a day.  The priority has been to get all the tasks done, on time, taking care of life as defined by my calendar. (more…)

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