My name, Kimiko, means child of joy and beauty. Ki ~ 喜 = joy; Mi ~ 美 = beauty; Ko ~ 子 = child.
This inspires me to bring joy and beauty to what I do.
I am a writer, photographer and energy healing practitioner with a background in communications and community ministry. I am also an diaconal minister in the United Church of Canada.
I am particularly drawn to the intersection of story, community and healing.
Find me online:
Caretaking and Caregiving
The Canadian Journal of Theology Mental Health and Disability
Caretaking and caregiving took on heightened meanings when Paul was sick. Shortly after this was written Paul went into palliative care and then hospice. Throughout this I stayed with him, sleeping in a cot beside his hospital bed. He died January 26, 2017. Three years later the world went into pandemic lock-down. I became caregiver once again, moving in with Paul’s father, Bill, through drawn-out days of pandemic and dementia.
Finding peace and hope through the holidays: a conversation with Kathy Wagner
Kimiko and Kathy talk about the particular experience of grief during the winter holiday season, how to find peace and hope, plus Kimiko shares a guided meditation. (video)
Easter will still come
I’ve been waking up to snow falling this past week. This is not normal.
It’s such a strange and eerily beautiful sight to see snow falling on the cherry blossom trees. This strikes me as an apt weather event for this Holy Monday.
This reflection was part of a Holy Week series published by Broadview magazine in the midst of the
What is Precious in Life
"Joy and sorrow are not opposites. They invite me to drink in both the gladness and anguish because both speak to what is precious."
A reflection two-years after Paul's death.
Published in Broadview magazine.
Illustration by Tallulah Fontaine
Through hardship and joy the story of Vancouver's Japanese United Church
Interviews with congregation members and former ministers about their memories before, after and during WWII.
Times and Tides
My family's story, my story, became the focal point for discussing the history of ethnic and intercultural ministry in BC Conference. Read an excerpt from the chapter in Times and Tides.
The Kinder Morgan protest in photos and song
Faith leaders answered the call to stand with the Tsleil-Waututh Water Protectors in opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. I was there with camera and pen. Read my reflection in Broadview (formerly the United Church Observer.)
Moments of beauty amid B.C. wildfires
Wildfires and moments of uncanny beauty. Photos in Broadview
(formerly the United Church Observer.)
Red sun, purple sky
Photo of the smoke reddened sun was in the Royal City Record
The Calendar Revs
Real Women - Real Ministers 2015 Calendar
Stories, reflection & photos
Centre for Christian Studies, Winnipeg
Above photo of Kimiko by Frank Tyrrell
to the left by Scott Douglas
All materials on this site are copyright Kimiko Karpoff. I am happy to share for non-commercial use, attributable to Kimiko Karpoff.
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