Forum on the Military Chaplaincy

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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.

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.

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.

New “guidelines” promulgated by the Southern Baptist, Roman Catholic and fundamentalist Christian chaplain endorsers present a real dilemma for many military chaplains. Forum co-chair, Tom Carpenter, discusses the potential negative impact of these “guidelines”  on service members and chaplains in an article entitled ” A “Crisis” Engineered to Subvert Good Order and Discipline.”

Forum member, Jason Torpy, addresses the various policies by military chaplain endorsers which have been promulgated after the United States Supreme Court decision in Windsor vs. United States which found section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

After the recent “guidelines” promulgated by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Forum co-chair, Tom Carpenter, asks a very simple question: How can Southern Baptist military chaplains continue to serve “God and Country”?

America continues to move forward toward equality and inclusion.   Within the last four years, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed, the Supreme Court ruled DOMA unconstitutional, and a growing number of states have marriage equality as a matter of law.  As ultra-conservative groups such as the Family Research Council, American Family Association, ADF and CARL […]

Major General Dennis Laich, USAR(Ret) addresses pending legislation in Congress that allegedly advances  the religious liberty of chaplains and service members but in reality is a license to bully and a threat to the very existence of the military chaplaincy.

The finding of portion of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States, has some military chaplains claiming that their religious freedom is being abridged. Attorney and Forum co-chair,  Tom Carpenter, takes issue with these complaints  in “Military Chaplains Cry Wolf.”

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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.

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.