EP Reflections

A Star in the Night

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 In this last week before Christmas, the conflict in Jesus’ homeland throws shade over the holiday celebrations. As we see the...

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God Shows Up

Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. John 1:14 There’s a hidden gift of the PC(USA), an online journal on justice called Unbound which is Presbyterian in its roots but ecumenical in its approach. The editors pulled together a Womanist...

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Keep Alert

“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.” Mark 13:32-33 As we begin the season of Advent, I have been overwhelmed with the sense that...

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Looking towards Lent

The gifts Christ gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of...

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Giving Thanks for this Presbytery

You have multiplied, O Lord my God,    your wondrous deeds and your thoughts towards us;    none can compare with you.Were I to proclaim and tell of them,they would be more than can be counted. Psalm 40:5 This last Saturday was a wonderful day for San Gabriel...

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Giving Thanks for the Secret Kingdom

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” John 18:36 I don’t know about you, but sometimes I want to...

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Giving Thanks for the Saints

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. 2 Timothy 1:5 I expect that sometime this last week, many of you gave thanks for loved ones who have gone before us —family...

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Giving Thanks for Art

Awake, my soul!Awake, O harp and lyre!I will awake the dawn. I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is as high as the heavens;your faithfulness extends to the clouds. Be exalted, O...

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Giving Thanks for Stories

We give thanks to you, O God;we give thanks; your name is near.People tell of your wondrous deeds. At the set time that I appoint,I will judge with equity.When the earth totters, with all its inhabitants,it is I who keep its pillars...

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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.