Back then, like so many of us, Angel had zeal for religion, for God, for Jesus, and for living it all out authentically in the world. But like all of us, she too went through the deconstruction process and forced to find her own voice and opinion in a field cluttered with opinionated voices. Not always the easiest thing to do when you are the youngest sibling in a Chinese immigrant home.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Angle studied systems architecture. Despite her “liberal” birthplace and her “systematic” profession, she still struggles to find the balance in her life as she works on her doctorate degree. She continues to work at Fuller and is still seeking answers to her deep, theological questions.
Angel and I had many classes together, and we even had a small group that met once a week which offered a safe space to share our struggles and offer spiritual care to one another. It was in those hours, over all those lunch tables, that our friendship was forged.
After graduation, I moved away. And like it was with Earl (last year) we didn’t communicate as much as friends should. (But I still blame her because she never really embraced texting.) When we moved back and I started my church, Angle came to show support. But that was nearly three years ago. And so, we made it a point to get together.
That’s when I noticed Angel was new again. A new sense of Spirit, a new sense of wonderment with new sets of questions and, more importantly, new perspectives. It didn’t take long for our conversation to move from light-hearted chit-chat to that safe space we had once created for each other. As we sat at the table, sharing our lunches, we talked about vulnerability and hurt, love and inclusion, God and church.
Just as it was nine years ago, my heart felt a kind of peace that often came from discussions with her. This is something that seemed to be missing in my life. This is something I have sought to find in the other’s whom I have met this month so far. It made me feel new.
Judging by the quality of our time together, and the many years that have pasted, I couldn’t help but to make Angel my KNOWvember choice! Looking back to my time with Earl (Day 25, 2018) I recalled why it is so important to that I do. I still stand by these words:
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”