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A color I am thankful for

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It should come as no surprise that purple is the color. Thanks to the saints of First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone for a purple birthday party.

Traci Smith, author of Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home has provided a gift of the November 2018 Gratitude Every Day calendar. I am using it as an opportuity to revisit photos and post them as they speak to gratitude.

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Removing the Burden of Shame: Sexual Assault in Asian-American Communities

” Just because we do not share our experiences publicly does not mean that Asian Americans are immune to sexual violence. Just because we carry the burden for decades doesn’t make our experiences untrue. Just because we do not share our stories doesn’t mean that we need to continue to live in shame.” Read the Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim’s post on responding to sexual assault in Asian-American communities.

Grace Ji-Sun Kim

This is my latest for Sojourners on sexual assault and the Asian American community.

Removing the Burden of Shame: Sexual Assault in Asian-American Communities

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No matter who

No matter who you are:
It is not OK to mock a person who has reported a sexual assault.
It is reprehensible to mock a person who has reported a sexual assault.
It is sin to mock a person who has reported a sexual assault.
No matter who you are or who the speaker is: 
It is not OK to laugh and cheer when someone mocks a person who has reported a sexual assault.
It is reprehensible to laugh and cheer when someone mocks a person who has reported a sexual assault.
It is sin to laugh and cheer when someone mocks a person who has reported a sexual assault.
No matter who!

2 October 2018
Manhattan, New York

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Purple flowers, Skagway 6

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12 July 2018
Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park
Skagway, Alaska

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Walk in the Light

Thanks to the Rev. Marci Auld Glass, pastor of Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, ID for this sermon about bodies, the 223rd General Assembly (2018) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the separation of families on the border, and justice, love, peace, and hope.
“Our faith calls us to care for these children, being housed in cages, as if they were our very own. Because they are. Our faith calls us to also recognize our connection to the people putting children in cages. Because they are our own too.”

Glass Overflowing

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho

June 24, 2018

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Who, exactly, was Jesus?

Was he a teacher who said some cool stuff, a healer who healed some folk, but was pretty much just like you and me—maybe a wiser version of the best of humanity?

Was he God, himself, come down from the clouds of heaven on a lightning bolt to walk among us, but not really be like us? Did he just appear to be human, a divine hologram, but was actually all divine, angel, glory filled awesomeness?

Was he somehow both? Fully human. Fully God.

There is a struggle in the books of the Bible, contending for the nature of Jesus’ identity. It’s why we claim that the whole of scripture is God’s word to us, because it takes a lot of different voices for us to get a…

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Seeing myself in the eyes of a North Korean

Grace Ji-Sun Kim on pursuing peace on the Korean Peninsula.
“But peace won’t come if we remain afraid. It’s hard to overcome the kind of prejudice and cultural bigotry that perpetuates a vicious cycle of fear and hatred across generations. I experienced how hard it can be as I prepared to meet with Ambassador Jang. But when I saw myself in him, I was able to see both of us as reflections of God’s love for the world. This moment was the beginning of a fruitful conversation. Embracing our neighbors is not a voluntary act but something that God requires of us. Why are we afraid?”

Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Read my new piece, “Seeing myself in the eyes of a North Korean” for The Christian Century. Please do share!

picture of Korean border fence Fence of the military demarcation line, South Korea (Getty images).

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Purple flowers, Whitestone 3

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9 May 2018
Whitestone, New York

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