“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy. How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels? While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
— 1997 Apple Ad

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Our daily lives are filled with news of economic troubles and worry. Shrinking wages, student loans, mortgage defaults, and disappearing retirement funds are sending people into the streets in protest, and causing many to question the viability of the current world economy. Whether we are…

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Easy peasy scones modified from this recipe from King Arthur Flour.

A fail-proof salted caramel recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker.
I may or may not have licked the pot clean… A fail-proof salted caramel recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker.
I may or may not have licked the pot clean… A fail-proof salted caramel recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker.
I may or may not have licked the pot clean… A fail-proof salted caramel recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker.
I may or may not have licked the pot clean… A fail-proof salted caramel recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker.
I may or may not have licked the pot clean… A fail-proof salted caramel recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker.
I may or may not have licked the pot clean…

A fail-proof salted caramel recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker.

I may or may not have licked the pot clean…

“The leaders of the future will be those who dare to claim their irrelevance in the contemporary world as a divine vocation.”
— Henri J.M. Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus

In about 30 minutes, my plane lands at LAX. I’ll pick up my rental car and so begins my reunion of sorts. I can’t think of my childhood without memories of Southern California. Of driving with dad and my sisters to Rancho Cucamonga to accompany dad as he helped start a new church, visits to Uncle Romy to play in their pool and water slide, of piling in the car late at night in our pajamas to pick up mom from her evening shift at Cigna.

I return this week, not as a child in tow, the daughter of Pastor Fred Agtarap, but as a young adult and United Methodist agency resource to the Filipino American United Methodists gathered for worship, celebration and a time of learning at the National Association of Filipino American United Methodist gathering in Redondo Beach.

I can probably speak for my sisters in saying that it’s a little strange attending these events without mom and dad to shuffle us around and introduce us to the people who knew us when we were running around in nothing but t-shirts and diapers. But here I am.

With as much travel as I’ve done since working at UMCOM, this trip is probably the one I’m most nervous about. Why? Because I’ll be speaking in front of and connecting with my people. My family. Hundreds of them.

What I hope most for this time is to see our connectional church at work and at play. To see people coming from all over the world, speaking different dialects, united in love and in service to God and to one another. To be reminded that we are a body, re-membered every time we gather.

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Plant
so that your own heart
will grow.

Love
so God will think,

"Ahhhhh,
I got kin in that body!
I should start inviting that soul over
for coffee and
rolls.”

Sing
because this is a food
our starving world
needs.

Laugh
because that is the purest
sound.

— Hafiz
“Praying is no easy matter. It demands a relationship in which you allow someone other than yourself to enter into the very center of your person, to see there what you would rather leave in darkness, and to touch there what you would rather leave untouched.”
— Henri Nouwen

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Happy Friday, friends! As you head into the weekend, here’s something to think about: 

In an attention deficit world, how will you show generosity by giving of your time or presence? How will you show your care for someone else by sharing a valuable part of yourself: your attention?

“For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been given to us, the ultimate, the final problem and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation.


― Rainer Maria Rilke