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By Melanie Mar Chow

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The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself. ― C. JoyBell C.

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By Ajung Sojwal

By choice, for the last few years I have been involved in interim ministry. After a particularly difficult call to a church as a newly ordained clergy, I was at a point where I was ready to renounce my ordination vows. Church ministry was nothing like I had imagined it to be.

I found myself asking what it meant for Jesus to say, “Feed my sheep.” (more…)

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By Diana Gee

Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:4-5
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By Debbie Gin

“I want to go back home.  I want to go back HOME!” I remember screaming through sobs, while my mom—half bewildered, half understanding my deep sorrow—tried to console me.  It had only been a couple weeks since our move from the comforts of a burgeoning Koreatown, Los Angeles, to the then predominantly White Hacienda Heights.  (more…)

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By Ajung Sojwal

One of the greatest tests that I face as a pastor is empathy. Not only for my parishioners, which is a natural expectation, but also for the one-legged homeless woman who parks her wheelchair right around the corner from our apartment building, shaking the few coins in her paper cup for all who care to hear, and the dust-covered 5-year-old Syrian boy against the brilliant red seat of the ambulance as he is readied to be taken from his bombed home to the hospital. (more…)

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8058650110_38e0ba2138_zBy Diana Gee

By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.

–Gal 5:22-23

 

This past week I was in an ordination workshop. The class was made up of people in the process of being recognized as set apart for the ministry of shepherding God’s flock. What this all means is still being worked out both for me and for my church. For the record, I have no actual agricultural experience. The closest is of the gardening variety and pet-sitting. I feel unqualified and doubtful most of the time. Nonetheless, it’s a journey worth travelling, even if it is rather daunting and lonely. (more…)

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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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