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C-SPAN recently covered a panel discussion of 90 minutes that is important for anyone involved in transgender rights in the military. Panelists discussed issues facing LGBT service members in the armed forces. With the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” the military took a step towards LGBT inclusiveness. However, transgender service members continue to be […]

Categories: Gender Identity
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Religious leaders are disagreeing on how involved military chaplains can be in ceremonies for same-sex marriages or civil unions after the Associated Press reported that Air Force colonel Timothy Wagoner attended one on June 23. A chaplain for 20 years, Wagoner did not officiate but was quoted as “supporting the community” by attending the ceremony, which took […]

Categories: Religious Freedom
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In the fall of 2011 I was honored to attend the first ever OutServe Leadership Conference. This was the first time for this organization of LGB persons actively serving in the military to gather publicly, since such public gatherings and recognition was made possible by the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Harass, Don’t Pursue. It […]

Categories: Chaplain Policy, Featured
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The Southern Baptists have been doing their best to attack those who minister to America’s soldiers, and the Forum on the Military Chaplaincy is not happy with the attacks. The group, which is led by retired chaplains, have responded to the Southern Baptist Convention’s press release which “corrects” an AP report regarding a chaplain who […]

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Last year, conservative military chaplains presented a well organized front in opposition to repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The groups argued that lifting the ban would would undermine chaplains’ constitutionally-guaranteed right to freedom of religion and force Orthodox Christian chaplains to exit the military, “leaving an insurmountable void in the fostering of an environment that ensures that the […]

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Unfinished Lives: Reviving the Memories of LGBTQ Hate Crimes Victims, made its debut at the annual meeting of the Forum on the Military Chaplaincy this past Friday. Dr. Stephen Sprinkle will kick off a series of book signing events nationally, beginning with a lecture, panel discussion, book signing and reception at the Interfaith Peace Chapel […]

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Military Chaplains Forum Revealed, Takes on Religious Bigotry By Tom Carpenter For five years an ad hoc group of retired and active duty Chaplains have been working under the radar to assist LGB service members and prepare the way for repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) law. By filing a brief in support of the […]

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“Pathways to Military Chaplaincy” Report

“Pathways to Military Chaplaincy” Report

The Forum on the Military Chaplaincy provided leadership for a consultation entitled “Pathways to Military Chaplaincy” held at Boston University School of Theology April 8-9, 2016. We are pleased to provide the summary and report from that very successful consultation.

DoD publishes new faith and belief codes

DoD publishes new faith and belief codes

This is a very important document for a number of reasons. It now recognizes many additional faith and belief groups including Humanists, Atheists, Agnostics, Pagans, Shamans,  etc.   Faith-and-Belief-Codes-for-Reporting-Personnel-Data-of-Service-Members

DoD Lifts Ban on Transgender Service.

DoD Lifts Ban on Transgender Service.

The Department of Defense has lifted the long standing ban on service by transgender citizens. This has been a thoroughly researched and vetted decision. The Department has issued both a press release and a memo on the new policy.