Armed Forces and Federal Ministries

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 09:35

I greet you in the Name of the Lord Jesus on this the 98th commemoration of “Veterans Day.” It used to be called “Armistice Day” in thanksgiving for the peace that was signed between the Allied and Axis powers.  When President Woodrow Wilson made...

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 20:00

A soldier of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) places flags in front of the graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, U.S., May 26. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Of all the civic...

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 14:12

The Rt. Rev. James B. Magness To the House of Bishops Kanuga Conference Center Hendersonville, NC On March 12, 2013 Good afternoon. Jay Magness: Armed Services and Federal Ministries. I want to use the next few minutes to update you on some things...

Friday, November 11, 2011 - 00:00

Editor's note: This piece first appeared online in The Huffington Post's Religion Section. For many people of my generation who came of age through rites of passage in the 1960s, military service most often was looked upon as the least preferred...

Friday, November 11, 2011 - 00:00

In honor of the men and women who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces, the Episcopal dioceses of Bethlehem and Central Pennsylvania combined on Nov. 10 for a Veterans Day service in the chapel at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 00:00

Editor's note: This piece first appeared online in The Huffington Post's Religion Section. As the senior military chaplain for U.S. Joint Forces Command, I was in Arlington, Virginia, with my colleagues for an annual meeting of the senior Armed...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 00:00

The Rt. Rev. James "Jay" Magness was consecrated as the sixth bishop suffragan for federal ministries in June 2010. Here, he speaks with writer Diane Ney about his plans and his office's recent relocation to Capitol Hill from New York City. The...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 00:00

The custom of appointing clergy members to lead the House of Representatives and the Senate of the United States in prayer has continued with few interruptions ever since the Senate elected Samuel Provoost, Episcopal bishop of New York, as its...

Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 20:00

Support for the repeal of the U.S. Military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is gaining momentum. Last week the House of Representatives passed a bill repealing the 17-year old law, followed closely by a vote of approval by the Senate Armed Service...

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