The Circle of Life

In our culture we view life’s journey as a circle. There are four stages in our life’s journey, as there are four seasons, four directions. The circle of life is referred to as medicine wheel, in that are many teaching for a good long life.

Fern Cloud speaker:

Fern Cloud is a citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate, on the Lake Traverse Reservation, Agency Village, SD. Since March 2004 Fern has been the pastor of Pejuhutazizi Presbyterian Church on the Upper Sioux Dakota Community, Granite Falls, MN. Currently Fern is the Stated Clerk of Dakota Presbytery and also serves as the Treasurer for Dakota Presbytery.

Older Adults of Hispanic Heritage

Rev. Rosario shared some of the challenges that older adults of Hispanic heritage and others face within the cultural realities of adapting to life in our world. These challenges can arise from the differences between them and their children who have been socialized to the norms of America. They can also face cultural shock, lack resources and encounter difficulties in obtaining the care that is needed, especially as they age.

Rev. Ida Rosario speaker:

Rev. Ida Rosario was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on June 30, 1943. Ida and her mother, moved in with Ida’s maternal grandparents who came to the United States from Cuba in 1900. When she was eleven years old, Ida left their home to follow her mother into a world of poverty and homelessness among the new migrants from Puerto Rico. Today Rev. Ida serves as a minister of a multicultural church who is in partnership with a Hispanic congregation of more recent immigrants.

Korean Milestone Birthdays, Immigrants and Korean-American Church Webinar

Koreans celebrate longevity with throwing big parties for older adults particularly when they meet milestone birthdays like Hwangap (60) – Gohi (70) – Palsoon (80) – Gusoon (90). This session will show how Korean-Americans inherit the tradition in the context of immigrant communities and what the immigrant churches contribute to empowering older adults spiritually in their life stage.

Rev. Jae Kim speaker:

Rev. Jae Kim was born and raised in Korea and immigrated to the USA in 2003. After graduating from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2008, he ministered to older adults of Korean Community Presbyterian Church in Duluth, GA until 2018. Now he serves as senior pastor at New Blessing Church in Duluth, GA.