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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? (more…)

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Singing a New Song

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By Eun Joo Angela Ryo

Last October marked my one year anniversary of completing the work required by my denomination to seek my first call for ordination.  After discernment meeting after another, after interview after interview, after four grueling ordination exams, and after three long years of full-time seminary, I was finally deemed worthy to be ordained in the PCUSA provided that I find a church or organization that would ordain me into ministry.  (more…)

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By Wendy Choy-Chan

When I first considered going into seminary, a church friend asked if I had a calling to full-time ministry.  My answer was, “not really…  I just love to study the Bible and what I am getting at church and elsewhere is not enough.”  She then said, quite bluntly, that I shouldn’t go because I didn’t have a calling. (more…)

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By Tina Teng-Henson

After 9 months of being my daughter’s main care-provider, I was finally ready to find and pay for consistent childcare so I could focus anew on schoolwork — which then led me further down a path I needed to take: one of more fully integrating this new identity of mine as a new mom with the other parts of who I was before my daughter arrived – daughter, grad student, minister, friend, wife. (more…)

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By Tina Teng-Henson

these days I think a lot about my family

I don’t think I would have done this before I had a child (more…)

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By Jerrica Ching

In March of 2011, I hopped on a plane from Honolulu to Portland to attend an interview for George Fox University’s Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling graduate program.  After being born and raised on the island of Oahu in Hawaii for twenty-two years, I felt that the next chapter of my life needed to take place off of the island in order to thrive and grow.  During the final hour of the interview, the chair of the department asked me, “Why are you applying to George Fox now?”  I remember proudly announcing that I felt that becoming a counselor was my calling, and that I wanted to “help people help themselves.”  (more…)

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By Eun Joo Angela Ryo

I was only a sophomore in high school, and preaching was one of the activities we had to do during a twelve-week discipleship class at church. I took the assignment quite seriously.  Sure, the sermon wasn’t even mine since the requirement was to take one of my youth pastor’s sermons and preach from it, but I was the one up on the “pulpit”–a holy place where only the ordained ministers and laity could go up.  (more…)

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By Eun Joo Angela Ryo

The idea of a labyrinth was a rather foreign concept to me. I had briefly been introduced to it when I was in my first year in seminary, but it never occurred to me that it could be used as a powerful spiritual practice and tool for self-reflection. (more…)

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By Debbie Gin

Perhaps it’s because I’m a Sci-Fi nut, but I’ve always dreamed of how the future will look. Some call people who think like that “Futurists.” Okay, I’ll own that. Perhaps the most fascinating topic-to-date for me is the so-called “Singularity.” (more…)

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By Elizabeth Chang

“I was born to do this,” is what the brother said to me after I thanked him for doing the sound system stuff for Sunday worship service. I’m not sure what kind of response I was expecting from him, but I was impressed by his unusual and profound reply. I didn’t think fast enough to get to say, “I’m glad you’re alive.”

Now, more than ever before, I have had opportunities to meet women and men who are fully immersed in their callings, with years of experience, living out their dreams and fulfilling their purpose with passion. They have gone through a long journey of soul-searching and God’s-plan-for-their-life-discovery. (more…)

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