The 2021 BCA National Council Meeting – Part 2

Steve Terusaki and Michiko Inanaga presented a report on the Dharma Forward Campaign. This is a $15 million fundraising effort that will benefit Buddhist education, maintaining our BCA properties, repaying our loan to the Endowment Foundation, and investing in more technology for the Jodo Shinshu Center and temples. Funds will also be used for scholarships and grants for IBS students, ministerial aspirants, and ministers. So far, more than $3 million has been raised.

Judy Kono, Chair of the BCA Communications Committee, informed the National Council that the additional funds that were added to the BCA budget last year were used to hire Alex Tsukahara as a part-time digital content assistant. The Technology Outreach Subcommittee redesigned the BCA website. This subcommittee is eligible to receive funds from the Dharma Forward Campaign so that temples will be able to obtain assistance from the BCA in addressing their technology needs.

At the end of the first day of the National Council Meeting, Michael Endo was recognized for his 25 years of service to the BCA. He received a special plaque and gifts from Bishop Harada.

The second day of the meeting started with the Cal YABA report. Over the summer of 2020, Cal YABA merged with the Young Buddhist Editorial and took the latter name as the new name of the organization. This organization was intended to include people from the ages of 18 to 40. The National Council voted to approve giving the Young Buddhist Editorial “Candidate” status as a BCA affiliated organization. Although Cal YABA remains in the BCA Bylaws as an official affiliated organization, this will most likely change at next year’s National Council Meeting.

Kemi Nakabayashi, Chair of the BCA