Monday Morning Reflections

Two Churches and Their Road to Recovery

Those who try to make their life secure will lose it, but those who lose their life will keep it. Luke 17:33   This last weekend I attended milestone events in the life of two different churches. On Saturday, Union Church of Los Angeles celebrated their 100th...

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In Praise of ACs

The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6 I continue to receive positive feedback on our January 20th Presbytery meeting. One person noted...

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New Perspective

But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knitted together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body's growth in...

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Communion

In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus...

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God’s Appearance to Us

This last Saturday was Epiphany. This holiday celebrates the revelation of God to us in the birth of Jesus Christ. This is dramatically represented with the arrival of foreign, Gentile leaders who searched for the new king of the Jews, following a star. The Western...

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Connecting

I am writing this column from Chicago O'Hare Airport, on the way back from several days in Louisville, so let's give thanks to the miracle of technology that keeps us connected wherever we are. I am half-joking, but actually I have wanted to share something that's...

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Out of Chaos, Hope

It's been said that one can judge the quality of a society by the way they treat their children and the elderly. In the midst of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, the strength and the love of the people of Southeast Texas shone brightly, especially as they...

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When God Intervenes

    I know this is proof texting (digging around the Bible to find a quote to fit your purposes, even if it doesn't reflect the meaning of the Scripture), but I couldn't resist thinking about the attention put to this morning's solar eclipse. Certainly such an event...

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Two Major Crisis

Hello everybody! Yes, I'm back, after taking some time off and helping to lead a seminar in Florida.  No need to go into detail on the last few weeks, but I enjoyed a little travel, some concerts, better sleep, too much food, and a wonderful conference with immigrant...

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Wendy S. Tajima
Executive Presbyter

Wendy has a creative, spiritual and prophetic way of seeing the world that offers deep insights for practical living. She believes the Church is renewed from the edges, not the center, when those who’ve been marginalized are embraced.