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The Pathways to Military Chaplaincy undertaking continues to make progress. The November 2017 leadership team  conference held in Boston furthered the agenda. We are pleased to provide a report of the meeting.

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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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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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The House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee will be holding a hearing on September 19, 2014 to address the current status of religious liberty and accommodation within the military. The Forum was asked to make comments to be included in the record. The Forum provided a letter  to the committee which addressed two separate issues.  The first […]

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A group of distinquished law professors has written the President requesting no religious exemption be included in an executive order he will be issuing on nondiscrimination for LGBT employees for government contractors. This letter was prompted by a letter written, after the Hobby Lobby decision, by a group of conservative religious leaders requesting such an exemption. […]

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In what is likely an unconstitutional and illegal decision, the Chief of Navy Chaplains rejected the application of Jason Heap. This hard hitting article  in the Huffington Post written by Forum co-chair, Tom Carpenter, sets forth both the legal and moral grounds for this conclusion.    

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In its amicus brief in U.S. v. Windsor, the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty (“CARL”) makes several disingenuous arguments as to why repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) would undermine religious liberty in the armed forces.  Below is a summary of CARL’s four main arguments, with the Forum on the Military Chaplaincy’s rebuttal: […]

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Most have heard of the tragic death of SSgt Donna Johnson last year in Afghanistan. The situation her widow finds herself in is an example of why the Defense of Marriage Act(DOMA) is so onerous. In this piece you will see how Tracy was treated by the Army. Equally significant is her mother-in-law’s  comments about […]

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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 report from that very successful consultation.

After Action Report on NCMAF and COMISS meetings January 2018

After Action Report on NCMAF and COMISS meetings January 2018

Interim Forum co-chair, retired Army Chaplain Mike Curd, represented the Forum at the very important annual meetings of the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces(NCMAF) and The Network on Ministry in Specialized Setting )formerly known as the Coalition on Ministry in Specialized Settings). We are pleased to provide Mike’s After Action Report.

Report on November 2017 Pathways Leadership team conference

Report on November 2017 Pathways Leadership team conference

The Pathways to Military Chaplaincy undertaking continues to make progress. The November 2017 leadership team  conference held in Boston furthered the agenda. We are pleased to provide a report of the meeting.

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