Monday Morning Reflections


One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.  - Psalm 145:4 What a joyous Presbytery meeting we had this last Saturday!  We welcomed seven new members, and as they shared their statements of faith and answered questions, we...

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The Healing Church

Just then some men came, carrying a paralyzed man on a bed.  They were trying to bring him in and lay him before Jesus. – Luke 5:18 This weekend has been one of those deep dives into the rich community of Christ’s church.  On Friday, I was blessed to be included in a...

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Welcome to the Family

Nathanael said to Philip, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”  Philip said to him, “Come and see.” John 1:46 It’s September, and we are looking forward to our Presbytery meeting on September 15th at Calvary Presbyterian Church in South Pasadena.  As I have...

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Fair Winds and Following Seas

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of...

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Righteous Indignation

Let them curse, but you will bless. Let my assailants be put to shame; may your servant be glad. – Psalm 109:28 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. – Romans 12:17 Lately it seems I’ve been spending more time with...

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Katie Cannon

But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel. Micah 5:2a Today I intended to write about the Presbyterian Church’s tradition and perspective on civic engagement.  While some...

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Poor People’s Campaign

Every seventh year you shall grant a remission of debts. There will, however, be no one in need among you, because the Lord is sure to bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you as a possession to occupy. – Matthew 6:11 Yesterday I was listening to a...

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What Is a Pastor?

Until I arrive, give attention to the public reading of scripture, to exhorting, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders. –1 Timothy 4:13-14 We are rejoicing in a...

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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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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.