EP Reflections

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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New Year, New Light

And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road. Matthew 2:12 Happy New Year! This year, I am feeling more hope than I have for several years now. But New Year’s Day turned into a weekend, which was just...

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Light in the Darkness

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined. Isaiah 9:2 It’s been a little chilly lately, and the chill makes me think about that holy night when the baby Jesus was born, unprotected...

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Update on Monte Vista Grove Homes’ Renovation:

Monte Vista Grove Homes, a retirement center in Pasadena, primarily for Presbyterian pastors and their spouses, has certainly been impacted by the Covid 19 virus pandemic since early 2020, but it has used this COVID time as a learning experience for the future of its...

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Walking Paths

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. His delight...

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Latchkey Stew

So then, you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God Ephesians 2:19 As you may know for the November Presbytery meeting, I was quarantined at home due to both of my family members testing...

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Giving Thanks

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 This is Thanksgiving week, and while it’s good to give thanks—at all times and in all circumstances— it’s nice to be...

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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.