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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.

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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.

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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

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UPR002353-15-REPORT TO CONGRESS

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The Forum on the Military Chaplaincy flied a brief on May 28, 2015 in support of the lawsuit filed by plaintiffs Jason Daniel Heap and the Humanist Society, which seeks to act as his endorser. This brief is in response to the government’s motion to dismiss the suit. In our brief,  The Forum supports plaintiffs’ […]

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   NCMAF and COMISS Conference After Action Report January 23, 2015   Location: Mark Center Hilton, Arlington, VA Dates: January 11-15, 2015 Participants: Tom Carpenter Mike Curd Paul Dodd In January, the Forum’s co-chairs, Paul and Tom, along with Mike Curd, chair of the membership committee, attended two major conferences in Washington, D.C. The first […]

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An Open Letter to Endorser Rabbi Yosef Todd Dear Rabbi Yosef Todd, I so appreciate your taking the time and energy to attempt to rally our fellow endorsers. Unfortunately, I cannot agree with your stance and that of a number of our colleagues. Please allow me to explain. Getting directly to the point, the military […]

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“Why We Have Taken the Position We Have” Endorser David Plummer I write today to respond to some of the comments on the blog of the Forum on the Military Chaplaincy. Until recent contact from one of The Coalition of Spirit-filled Churches’ own chaplains (who happens to be a graduate of Liberty University’s 93-hour M.Div. […]

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  The backgound information regarding this newly filed lawsuit was published in the Huffington Post in an article written by Forum co-chair Tom Carpenter in June of this year. Many members of the Forum joined over one hundred national religious leaders in signing a Statement of Principle supporting the appointment of humanist military chaplains. In […]

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A leading, Christian conservative endorsing agency for military chaplains has issued educational standards for their chaplain candidates rendering Master of Divinity degrees from Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University ineligible for endorsement. This bold and uncompromising action highlights the critical need for all military chaplains to possess solid graduate education, cultural competency, and clinical training. http://spirit-filled.org/hints.html Liberty […]

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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.