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CaptUSMC On May - 14 - 2014
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 in this journey toward truth and justice for all of America’s service members.  This is not a final product, by any means, but rather a “true bearing and reliable heading,” in so far as we can discern, as we navigate toward a more diverse, representative and inclusive military chaplaincy.
We are indebted to Dr. Ed Waggoner, who provided skilled and insightful leadership to the team of 20 scholars and military veterans who contributed to this document.  We are also indebted to Dr. Stephen Sprinkle, the Forum’s academic consultant, whose vision and initiative provided the spark for this seminary initiative, and to the hospitality and support of the faculty and staff at Brite Divinity School.
You will find most, though not all of the biographies of the team members at the conclusion of the report.  Some names were not included in respect of their request and need for privacy, but to all we are grateful beyond measure.
Much work remains to be done. This is the first step in a long process of reshaping the Military Chaplaincy to reflect the values of our nation.
Forum Co-Chairs

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