The Korean Caucus had a family winter retreat with the title of “The Landscape of the Call and Love for Being Pastor” from December 25 – 27 at the AmericInn hotel in the Wisconsin Dells. Around seventy people from twenty-four families gathered from all five districts and had fellowship each other. It was the annual gathering for those in the Korean Caucus who don’t have extended families nearby. We were grateful we could be connected one another in Jesus Christ. In addition, a few Korean pastors’ families in Minnesota Conference joined us. It was also wonderful to have the chance for many to present their talents and to get to know each other in love of Jesus Christ.

For this event, Bishop Jung participated in and led this retreat with three sessions of lectures during the retreat. By reflecting on a thoughtful book written by a Korean artist and journalist which he gave us as a Christmas gift, Bishop Jung challenged and encouraged us with questions of “Why did you become a pastor?” “How do we answer the call to be inspired in the pastoral life?" and “What are our challenges and how do we love the UMC now?” It was insightful and helpful for us to be good and responsible ministers for the Wisconsin Annual Conference and God’s kingdom as well. Thanks.

Pastor Inwha Shon at Clarno/Staver UMC, Chairperson of the Korean Caucus