The BCA National Board discussed plans for the upcoming virtual National Council meetings in February, approved a new Music Committee and agreed to lower membership dues to $50 per year for members under the age of 30.
In addition, the board took preliminary steps to consider approving the Young Buddhist Editorial — which merged with the Young Adult Buddhist Association over the summer. It granted YBE Candidate Affiliated Status for the next year while it discusses whether to approve full affiliated status to the organization.
The National Board took these and other actions at a Zoom meeting on Dec. 5, 2020. It marked the second time a National Board meeting was held virtually.
The meeting kicked off with Rev. Marvin Harada, Bishop of the BCA, announcing the BCA theme for 2021 — “Sharing the Dharma Virtually.” Rev. Harada said his theme was taken from the Southern District Jr. Young Buddhist League’s successful September 2020 virtual conference — which also happened to be “Sharing the Dharma Virtually.”
“I’m sure that many ministers would say that they’re spending even more time in their work to prepare video talks and recordings to share the Dharma virtually,” Rev. Harada said. “So I hope that we can take advantage of this time, during this pandemic, just to see if we can reach new people via