BCA Honors Four Ministers Who Retired in 2020

Four ministers who retired in 2020 — with a combined total of more than 120 years of service — were honored during a special virtual Dharmathon at the BCA’s National Council meeting.

The Dharmathon, which proved to be one of the highlights of the NCM, featured the following ministers on Feb. 27: Revs. Fumiaki Usuki of the West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple; Yukiko Motoyoshi of the Buddhist Church of Stockton; Patricia Usuki of the San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple; and Ronald Kobata of the Buddhist Church of San Francisco.

“It occurred to me what a unique group of people that I’ve been associated with who decided to retire in 2020,” Rev. Kobata said at the start of his address. “In some respects, we were a very diverse group. Even though we shared a common ethnic ancestry individually, I see that each of us were unique individuals who managed to take the bumpy road, the twists and turns, the slips and slides of the journey on our individual paths of the Nembutsu.”

What follows is a description of each of the four ministers, in order of appearance.

Rev. Fumiaki Usuki