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Photo by Ramon Bacas

By Eun Joo Angela Ryo

I love to walk.  I’m not a runner, but I’ve always considered walking to be a meaningful spiritual practice.  However, when an opportunity to go on a Camino to Santiago de Compostelo by the Portuguese Way was offered to me, I hesitated.  It would be with fifteen church ladies I didn’t know very well for two full weeks.  We would start in Ponte de Lima, Portugal and walk about nine to thirteen miles a day for nine days to Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain.  We would be walking a total of about a hundred miles in two weeks. (more…)

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Photo by Maria Liu Wong

Photo by Maria Liu Wong

By Maria Liu Wong

Last Sunday, on the way to church, my 4-year-old daughter, Immy, and I stopped by a bodega by the subway station. An older African-American woman standing by the door saw Immy and said, “She’s gorgeous! You’d better lock her up when she turns 16!” I smiled in response and said she’d be taking self-defense lessons, starting early. We bantered on a bit more, and then I headed downstairs to the subway with Immy.

As we rode the subway to church, I thought about the conversation and the woman’s advice to protect and hide my daughter away because of what she looks like. (more…)

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Change: The Cost of Resistance

Photo by Carol Ball

Photo by Carol Ball

By Debbie Gin

Last week, I overheard a conversation in a furniture shop in Ohio, in some town that bordered Pennsylvania. What initially piqued my interest was the statement, “Liberalism is a mental disease.” The registered Republican that I am, I naturally had to hear the rest of the comment and inched closer to this group of White individuals. What I heard saddened me to no end. It went something like this: (more…)

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Chloe Mt SinaiBy Chloe Sun

Last month, I had the privilege of going to Israel, Egypt, and Jordan with my students and friends. For me, one of the most dreaded events of the whole trip was the climbing Mount Sinai due to my fear of heights and my fear of riding a camel. (more…)

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Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography

Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography

By Ann Chen

“For your Maker is your husband—the Lord Almighty is his name—the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. Isaiah 54:5

Growing up, I’ve heard God described in many ways. Father, Provider, Healer, Shepherd, Redeemer, Husband. I’ve seen God demonstrate himself in so many ways as the first few, but husband? It’s such a hard concept to grasp. (more…)

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Photo by Evil Erin

By Ann Chen

For most of my life, the thought of going overseas as a missionary was practically non-existent. While I admired those that were “doing God’s work” in foreign lands, it just seemed a little too much out of my comfort zone.

I was a person that liked to play it safe. (more…)

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By Margaret Yu

For the fellow women friends with whom I journey, inspired by I John 4:18-19:  “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.  We love because he first loved us”  and John 8:58:  “’Very truly I tell you,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I AM!’”

Fearful

i am not enough

i am doing it all wrong

i am not good enough

i am not Asian enough

i am not White enough

i am simply not good enough (more…)

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