On October 26, 2012, the Forum on the Military Chaplaincy was privileged to present a panel and workshop on diversity in the Military Chaplaincy at the 2nd OutServe International Leadership Conference held at the military resort Shades of Green in Orlando, Florida.
Forum Co-chairs Chaplain(Col) Paul Dodd and Tom Carpenter, Esq. moderated the panel and workshop. The National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces(NCMAF) was invited to provide participants for this important panel. For the first time in history, endorsers agreed to take part in an undertaking geared towards LGBT service members. Endorsers from NCMAF included David ‘Dave’ Plummer (Chair of the COMISS Network, Chair of the Endorsers Conference for Veterans Affairs Chaplaincy, and ECVAC Liaison to the NCMAF Executive Board), Chris Copeland endorser for the Alliance of Baptist and Minister for Leadership Formation, and Sarah Lammert endorser for the Unitarian Universalist Association and Director of Ministries and Faith Development.
Around 50 active duty service members and veterans participated in the historic workshop. The audio of the panel can be heard here: Diversity in the Military Chaplaincy and What it Means for LGBT Service Members