Falling Upward: Wilderness

(Credits: Art installation and portrait credit Bethany L. Herron Photographer ; Photographer Event Photo credit SMG Foto “There is no greater disaster in the spiritual life than to be immersed in unreality.” – Thomas Merton My unreality was thinking that people would accept me more if I knew more, if I did more. Unreality was ultimately…

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Falling Upward: Authenticity

  I’ve spent so much of my life trying to prove myself to others. And a lot of this proving has been done on a stage, as I wrote about in the second paragraph here.  In the picture above the lamps shining on me denote stage lights, to represent how the stage was a place…

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Falling Upward: Work

“Work” is the name of this art installation. This being my first post of 2017, it’s not because my writing has gone dormant. If anything, I’ve done my most significant, painstaking, yet rewarding writing this past year.  I’ve been busily casting my story into words, art, and video that I presented at a dinner and…

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What if Jesus was born in my ancestral village in China?

  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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Embracing my 50th Birthday

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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The Gospel: The Ultimate Covering for our Shame

  “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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Stepping into the Transitions of Others

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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Unitarian Universalists visit my Christian church

  “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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