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Tina’s children, Beatrice and Peter, with her maternal grandparents

By Tina Teng-Henson

As I reflected on what the Lord might want me to write about, one word kept coming to mind — this Hebrew word ‘toledot’ — which means “generations.”

I recall learning about this word in a class I took on the Pentateuch years ago with Dr. Gordon Hugenberger (who recently retired as senior minister of historic Park Street Church in Boston).  (more…)

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Photo by Frank de Kleine

Photo by Frank de Kleine

By Joy Wong

In the last few months, our family has been going through a lot of transition, including buying our first home and moving while expecting our next baby, due in July. On top of all this, I’m still finishing up my spiritual direction certification, continuing  – albeit, very slowly – in the ordination process, and staying home to care for my daughter who is now close to the age of 2. (more…)

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Photo by  Jonathan Kos-Read

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 Robb North

Photo by Robb North

By Joy Wong

Despite the fact that I’ve been getting my ducks lined up to start the ordination process and I’m enrolled in a spiritual direction certification program, the day-to-day reality of my life right now is that of a stay-at-home mom.  I’ve certainly had my ups and downs, good days and bad days, but on the whole, it’s been a great joy.

One of my greatest struggles, however, is watching those around me accomplish much and do impressive things with their passions and vocations.  I find myself thinking, I have gifts and can do good work too! but the reality is that no, I really can’t do very much right now as a mom of a 1-year-old.   (more…)

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By Joy Wong

In the beginning of September, I felt like I was finally on my way.  After years of undecidedness after completing an MDiv, I finally knew, deep down, that I wanted to be in pastoral ministry.   Then, after months of investigating and deliberating over various ordination tracks, I landed on the PCUSA track.  (more…)

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By Tina Teng-Henson

Is that how you become a pastor?

Your pastor calls you up and
asks for your take on being called
the outreach pastor,
not just the outreach director.
“Well, because you’re not just a lay person, Tina… you’re on the road to becoming a pastor…”
“But I’m not done with seminary yet…”

Deciding on a short phone call…
to take on a title I am working towards,
but never really wanted?
“Never thought I’d be a US pastor…”
Never thought I’d be a pastor, period! (more…)

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Photo by Andreanna Moya Photography

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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