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Archive for January, 2014

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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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, […]

Categories: LGBT Rights
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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.

Categories: LGBT Rights
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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.

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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.

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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 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.

Answering the Question of Transgender Showering

Answering the Question of Transgender Showering

This issue of what shower transgender service members should use to respect privacy was considered by a distinguished commission before the policy was changed. Transgender Shower Guidelines provide this information and should prove helpful to a chaplain or commander who may have to deal with this issue