A pastoral strategy: in search of community welfare service through the Korean-American senior citizens culture center

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Korean 
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2008 
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The present study was motivated by the awareness that Korean immigrants encounter many problems of communication in the US society. A survey revealed that 53.12% of Korean reported limited communication as the most difficulty life problem in the US. These restrictions arising from communicating difficulty are expected to confine older people within withdrawn lifestyle. In an attempt to find pastoral strategies to address these problems, the present study sought to examine how culture centers for Korean-American senior citizens would enhance the welfare of the community. Chapter Two identified problems, particularly how older Korean-American people are withdrawn from their Korean communities due to their limited proficiency in English. Chapter Three described research questions that address the foundation of biblical education required for the local community in several domains: (a) biblical, (b) theological, (c) social justice, and (d) social welfare. Chapter 4 reported results from a survey, which was conducted to examine people's perceived need for (a) church's participation of services for the local community, and (b) culture center for older people in church. Chapter 5 addressed a site team for the present study. This thesis provides a pastoral diagnosis of the first-generation Korean-American for their acculturation difficulty, through a survey study, with the suggestion that churches should focus on engaging in local community service more actively and establishing cultural centers for older people.  
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