EP Reflections

Guides through Transformation

I am appealing to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become during my imprisonment. Philemon v. 10 During the height of the COVID pandemic, we all felt like we were living the phrase “building the plane while flying it.” Because of the uncertainty and...

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Walls and Bridges

“How can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye?” Matthew 7:4 Last weekend, thirteen members of the Synod of Southern California and Hawai‘i traveled to Chula Vista Presbyterian Church on the way to walking...

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Happy to Meet you!

Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. 1 Peter 4:10 I’m thankful to Wendy Tajima for giving me the opportunity to introduce myself via this weekly reflection. My name is Amy Marmol, and I’m the...

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Honoring Our Native Hosts

. . . you shall make this response before the Lord your God: “A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous.”                                          ...

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Juneteenth: Bearing the Seed

Those who go out weeping,bearing the seed for sowing,shall come home with shouts of joy,carrying their sheaves. Psalm 126:6 Today is Juneteenth, the commemoration of the order, issued by Major General Gordon Granger on June 19, 1865, proclaiming freedom from slavery...

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God Who Never Changes

Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth,     and the heavens are the work of your hands.They will perish, but you endure;    they will all wear out like a garment.You change them like clothing, and they pass away,     but you are the same, and your years have no...

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God’s Work in Progress

The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good Genesis 1:12 There are many ways that we can glimpse God’s reign in the life of the Presbytery. The week...

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Pentecost People

[Jesus said,] “The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8 I know I’ve mentioned before that we seem to be living in fluid times,...

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In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Acts 2:17 Welcome to the first MMU in the post-Ally...

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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.