Armed Forces and Federal Ministries

Articles

June 3, 2010

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 Committee just days later. It seems likely to...

August 6, 2009

The Office of the Bishop Suffragan for Federal Ministries is relocating to Washington, D.C. from the Episcopal Church Center in New York.

Federal Ministries operates chaplaincies in three areas: military, veterans' administration and federal prisons.

"D.C. is the crossroads of the...

May 27, 2009

As an Episcopal priest who is also a retired member of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps, I am prompted to write after reading a very disturbing article in the May edition of Harper's magazine: "Jesus Killed Mohammed: The Crusade for a Christian Military."

In the story, author Jeff Sharlet...

May 19, 2009

After the end of the Civil War, American towns began setting aside a day to honor fallen soldiers and visit and tend their graves. The memorials coalesced into a commemoration of American troops killed in all wars, first called Decoration Day and now Memorial Day, celebrated on the last Monday...

December 5, 2008

"I wanted to extend my sincere thanks to your organization for your gracious bead donation to those of us deployed to Balad, Iraq. I was having a very hard time while there and found great comfort using your beads and having them close to me. I also asked for beads for some of my fellow...

August 1, 2006

The roots of Just War thinking are to be found, not in scripture, but in the Stoic tradition of philosophy that can be traced back in its essentials to Aristotle. The highest priority was not (as it tends to be in modern thinking) the preservation of human life, or even innocent life, at all...

March 31, 2006

“Episcopalians know how to do camp,” the Rev. Jackie Means tells anyone who will listen. “Why don’t we do camp for children of prisoners?”

The director of prison ministry for the church says that a child with a parent in prison has a 70 percent chance of going to prison, too. Children...

March 20, 2006

It began as a simple ministry: place daily morning prayer, noonday prayer and compline online for anyone to hear. The Rev. Dr. Chip Lee, who has a background in broadcasting, has been recording these inspirational prayers for downloading in his rural Garrett County office and putting them on...

August 31, 2004

Navy Cmdr. Stephen Pike, one of eight Episcopal chaplains serving in Iraq, has a new sermon about faith in God for his Sunday services at Camp Fallujah.

The Episcopal chaplain for Regimental Combat Team 1 escaped death when a 107 mm. rocket soared in from about three miles away and...

December 9, 2003

Flying over the Pacific for a visitation to Hawaii the first week of December, Bishop Suffragan of the Armed Forces, George E. Packard, saw an elderly man wearing a baseball cap with the words, “Survivor Pearl Harbor, Schofield Barracks, December 7, 1941.” “One starts to get some sense of what...

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