The picture above was me and a distant cousin in the ancestral town of my roots. What if Jesus were born in my ancestral village in China? Now in those days, a decree went out to all ABCs (American-born Chinese) that all ABCs need to return to their ancestral village to be registered. Now Joe…

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I was born in 1967. Turning 50 is one of those “never thought it would ever arrive” milestones. I remember when my dad turned 50, in 1985. I always thought it peculiar how my dad could pull Frank Sinatra and Patti Page songs into his head from 1955 as if it were yesterday. Today, I…

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  “For the joy set out for him he endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb 12:2 (NET) Jesus took on all our shame so that our shame can be ultimately covered. My endless quest for “covering”        …

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Difficulties, illnesses, graduations, moving, a new position, leaving a career…Life is full of transitions. They can often be stressful but also awakening.  Unfortunately, transitions caused by massacres like the Orlando one are increasing in number. Obama’s administration alone  has had to address 15 such massacres. Transitions are happening on every level, from personal to national…

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  “We learned a lot about your faith and we greatly appreciate the discussion we had with your youth”     What a blessing to have a students, parents, and a teacher from the San Francisco First Unitarian Universalist Church (UUC) join our worship service. Not only did they witness our main service, they also participated…

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San Francisco has a unique way of breeding relationships that go beyond the surface. It’s aura of parks, coffee shops, and common living spaces facilities connection and community that are life-giving to me. This reflect God’s beauty, and reflects heaven to me, even with all the brokeness in the City. And especially meaningful to me…

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On a recent Sunday morning, I took my family to church as I do most Sundays. But this Sunday was different. After our worship service, bicyclists began gathering outside my church from San Francisco’s diverse inter-faith community.  I welcomed everyone to my church and began my role of presiding over this first-ever inter-faith service on wheels.…

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