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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 […]

FinallettertoHagelre-NAMB1.0-6 is a letter sent to Secretary Hagel regarding the “guidelines” promulgated by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention restricting the chaplains it endorsed from providing care to LGB service members and their families. The Assistant SECDEF  responded to the letter on behalf of the SecDef.

This ChaplainsCurriculum1 was presented to the Pentagon’s Comprehensive Review Working Group with at recommendation it be forwarded to the Chiefs of Chaplains for consideration and a recommendation that such a training program be implemented at the Chaplains’ School. To date, the Forum has received no response to this recommendation from any source.

The VeteransPerspective on impact of the repeal of DADT on the force was presented to the Pentagon’s Comprehensive Review Working Group and leaders of Congress. This document answers the concerns of those who were opposed to the repeal of DADT. It provided compelling evidence that repeal could be implemented with little or no impact on unit morale, […]

An very important document that was presented to the Pentagon’s Comprehensive Working Group and leaders of Congress, We Are Family Too23June10, proved significant in the consideration of repeal of DADT.

LGBT101  was provided to the Pentagon Comprehensive Review Working Group during the period it studied the impact of repeal on the Force to educated the team about the preferred language to be used regarding LGBT service members and their families.

This white paper was submitted to the Chiefs of Chaplains by the Forum in 2009 and led to the tightening of regulations on the issue of Chaplain Confidentiality.

New “guidelines” promulgated by the Southern Baptist, Roman Catholic and fundamentalist Christian chaplain endorsers present a real dilemma for many military chaplains. Forum co-chair, Tom Carpenter, discusses the potential negative impact of these “guidelines”  on service members and chaplains in an article entitled ” A “Crisis” Engineered to Subvert Good Order and Discipline.”

Forum member, Jason Torpy, addresses the various policies by military chaplain endorsers which have been promulgated after the United States Supreme Court decision in Windsor vs. United States which found section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

After the recent “guidelines” promulgated by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Forum co-chair, Tom Carpenter, asks a very simple question: How can Southern Baptist military chaplains continue to serve “God and Country”?

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The Forum Supports Humanist Chaplains

The Forum Supports Humanist Chaplains

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 […]

Letter to Secretary of Defense re: Chaplain “Guidelines”

Letter to Secretary of Defense re: Chaplain “Guidelines”

FinallettertoHagelre-NAMB1.0-6 is a letter sent to Secretary Hagel regarding the “guidelines” promulgated by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention restricting the chaplains it endorsed from providing care to LGB service members and their families. The Assistant SECDEF  responded to the letter on behalf of the SecDef.

Chaplain Training Curriculum

Chaplain Training Curriculum

This ChaplainsCurriculum1 was presented to the Pentagon’s Comprehensive Review Working Group with at recommendation it be forwarded to the Chiefs of Chaplains for consideration and a recommendation that such a training program be implemented at the Chaplains’ School. To date, the Forum has received no response to this recommendation from any source.