Monday Morning Reflections

Foreigners in Our Own Land

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God. Ephesians 2:19 I did have the opportunity to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico, for a few days last week.  I have often gone there, and at different...

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God Isn’t Fair

The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the foremost. . 1 Timothy 1:15 Yesterday I had the opportunity to preach at Community Presbyterian Church in West Covina.  I asked to come that day...

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Simple Faith

We Presbyterians have always valued education as a gift from God, and a source of empowerment and freedom from poverty.  We have also been rather prideful of being better educated than the general population, and we have held to rather strict education requirements for…

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Kindom Building for the 21st Century

This scripture verse was the guiding scripture for the 223rd General Assembly in St. Louis, which concluded this last Saturday. It's hard to describe the experience of this past week. But strive first for the kingdom of God and His righteousness. - Matthew 6:33 It is...

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A Brave, New, Non-Binary World

I am writing from the 223rd General Assembly in St. Louis, Missouri.  Here’s a photo of our representatives, in their first plenary session:  Young Adult Advisory Delegate Sophia Alecci (who has become one of the leaders among the YAADs), Ruling Elder Commissioner...

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Pivot Points for God’s Beloved

This week there are so many pivot points in the histories of everything: from the global geopolitical drama in the West and in the Korean peninsula, to the start of the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the start of the tenure of Diane...

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2nd Annual Day of Service

We had our 2nd Annual All-Presbytery Day of Service this last Saturday, and it was enlightening in many ways. We had a short business meeting which was highlighted by the presence of Mission Co-Workers Ryan and Alethia White, who pastor the Farsi-speaking Iranian...

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Blessed to be a Blessing

This Sunday is not only Memorial Day weekend, it is the first of many "ordinary" Sundays in the season after Pentecost. This season lasts from Pentecost to the end of the liturgical year, right before Advent-so that's around 27 weeks. It's always struck me as a little...

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The Language of Service

For some reason, it felt like Pentecost came very early this year. Yesterday I heard a pastor friend saying that things are so busy there wasn't time to really think about Pentecost, and it reminded me how sometimes we try to fit God into our very-busy lives (even...

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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.