EP Reflections

Advocating for the People of the Land and the City

Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the...

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News from the Family

I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. Genesis 22:17 Lent is a season when we are reminded of our mortality. Many of us started the season at an Ash Wednesday service where...

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The Laughter of Grace

In your book were writtenall the days that were formed for me,when none of them as yet existed. Psalm 139:16b We are in the middle of the Lenten season. As I have mentioned, there are many different ways to understand and practice Lent, but personally, I tend to use...

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Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” Matthew 13:33 Many people have asked me about my trip to Israel and Palestine, and even asked that I speak...

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Living Stones

Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1...

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Winterfest 2023

“Teach the wise, and they will become wiser;inform the righteous, and their learning will increase.” Proverbs 9:9 (CEB) According to USC Annenberg’s Center for Third Space Thinking, intellectual curiosity is one of five core attributes – along with adaptability,...

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New Beginnings

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven. Eccl. 3:1 I’ve been working with San Gabriel Presbytery (SGP) for over 17 years as the Mission Advocate for Hunger, Poverty, and Peacemaking Issues, so you might ask why I titled this column New...

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Remembering the Dream

Every year on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, I reflect on his legacy and impact. It can be daunting when you look at King's legacy and the social ills we continue to face today. I always state that we desperately need a leader like King today. And I am sure...

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The Season of Epiphany

We are now in the liturgical season of Epiphany having entered it last Friday on what some traditions call Three Kings Day. It marks the visit of the "magi from the east" and the presentation of the three gifts to baby Jesus. It is a story that I have come to...

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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.