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   NCMAF and COMISS Conference After Action Report January 23, 2015   Location: Mark Center Hilton, Arlington, VA Dates: January 11-15, 2015 Participants: Tom Carpenter Mike Curd Paul Dodd In January, the Forum’s co-chairs, Paul and Tom, along with Mike Curd, chair of the membership committee, attended two major conferences in Washington, D.C. The first […]

An Open Letter to Endorser Rabbi Yosef Todd Dear Rabbi Yosef Todd, I so appreciate your taking the time and energy to attempt to rally our fellow endorsers. Unfortunately, I cannot agree with your stance and that of a number of our colleagues. Please allow me to explain. Getting directly to the point, the military […]

“Why We Have Taken the Position We Have” Endorser David Plummer I write today to respond to some of the comments on the blog of the Forum on the Military Chaplaincy. Until recent contact from one of The Coalition of Spirit-filled Churches’ own chaplains (who happens to be a graduate of Liberty University’s 93-hour M.Div. […]

  The backgound information regarding this newly filed lawsuit was published in the Huffington Post in an article written by Forum co-chair Tom Carpenter in June of this year. Many members of the Forum joined over one hundred national religious leaders in signing a Statement of Principle supporting the appointment of humanist military chaplains. In […]

A leading, Christian conservative endorsing agency for military chaplains has issued educational standards for their chaplain candidates rendering Master of Divinity degrees from Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University ineligible for endorsement. This bold and uncompromising action highlights the critical need for all military chaplains to possess solid graduate education, cultural competency, and clinical training. http://spirit-filled.org/hints.html Liberty […]

The House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee will be holding a hearing on September 19, 2014 to address the current status of religious liberty and accommodation within the military. The Forum was asked to make comments to be included in the record. The Forum provided a letter  to the committee which addressed two separate issues.  The first […]

A group of distinquished law professors has written the President requesting no religious exemption be included in an executive order he will be issuing on nondiscrimination for LGBT employees for government contractors. This letter was prompted by a letter written, after the Hobby Lobby decision, by a group of conservative religious leaders requesting such an exemption. […]

In what is likely an unconstitutional and illegal decision, the Chief of Navy Chaplains rejected the application of Jason Heap. This hard hitting article  in the Huffington Post written by Forum co-chair, Tom Carpenter, sets forth both the legal and moral grounds for this conclusion.    

We are pleased to publish our report on the “Pathways to Military Chaplaincy” Conference, held March 20-21, 2014 at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas and sponsored by the Forum. This  paper is reflective of the values and vision of the Forum, and is the  outcome of the many years Forum members have invested […]

The Forum wrote the Secretary of Defense in support of the establishment of a Humanist endorser as well as the creation of humanist chaplain positions within the Military Chaplaincy. The Forum was supported by both religious and humanist leaders from around the world and provided the SECDEF with a statement of principle signed by these leaders. The […]

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NCMAF and COMISS Conference After Action Report

NCMAF and COMISS Conference After Action Report

   NCMAF and COMISS Conference After Action Report January 23, 2015   Location: Mark Center Hilton, Arlington, VA Dates: January 11-15, 2015 Participants: Tom Carpenter Mike Curd Paul Dodd In January, the Forum’s co-chairs, Paul and Tom, along with Mike Curd, chair of the membership committee, attended two major conferences in Washington, D.C. The first […]

Endorser’s Response to proposal for “Guide to the Rights of the Military Chaplain”

Endorser’s Response to proposal for “Guide to the Rights of the Military Chaplain”

An Open Letter to Endorser Rabbi Yosef Todd Dear Rabbi Yosef Todd, I so appreciate your taking the time and energy to attempt to rally our fellow endorsers. Unfortunately, I cannot agree with your stance and that of a number of our colleagues. Please allow me to explain. Getting directly to the point, the military […]

Endorser’s Concerns About Liberty University Chaplain Candidates

Endorser’s Concerns About Liberty University Chaplain Candidates

“Why We Have Taken the Position We Have” Endorser David Plummer I write today to respond to some of the comments on the blog of the Forum on the Military Chaplaincy. Until recent contact from one of The Coalition of Spirit-filled Churches’ own chaplains (who happens to be a graduate of Liberty University’s 93-hour M.Div. […]