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Read the latest goings-on with chaplains around the world, as well as news and information from Bishop Magness.

[11/15/2011]  As injured American veterans return home, congregations reach out
Some wounds of war are all too visible -- a missing leg, a shattered arm. The invisible wounds of mind and soul are often more difficult to spot, and equally hard to treat. But those who know where to look can help them heal, and it's a message that is hitting home for U.S. congregations as more than 1.35 million veterans adjust to civilian life after deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, Religion News Service reports.

[11/11/2011]  Veterans: A New Era of Serving God and Country
[Huffington Post] For many people who came of age through rites of passage in the 1960s, military service most often was looked upon as the least preferred life choice. Today the social and religious landscape of America is changing.

[11/11/2011]  Arkansas' St. Francis House program helps homeless veterans re-enter society
Eight years ago, Vietnam veteran Garry Clemmons was a homeless addict, depressed and anxious. Today, he's sober, remarried and working for the Episcopal Church-sponsored program he credits with turning his life around: the Veterans Re-Entry Program at St. Francis House in the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas

[9/8/2011]  Following 9/11, Episcopal chaplains made room for sacred space
"I realized we had to do something. We've got to step into the vacuum, step into the breach, either lean in or run away. We are chaplains. We know how to do chaplain's work."

[6/21/2011]  Episcopal priest and former Vietnam POW helps veterans
[Atlanta Constitution-Journal] The Rev. Robert Certain of St. Peter and St. Paul Episcopal Church in east Cobb, Georgia, had flashes of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for decades, which is why he has organized at his church a non-profit organization dedicated to mental health problems of returning vets, as well as difficulties experienced by their families.

[6/13/2011]  Major Daniel J. Knaup receives the Bronze Star Medal
Major Knaup, base chaplain for the Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, received the bronze star “for exceptionally meritorious service."

[5/31/2011]  400 gather in Smyrna, Georgia, to honor the fallen
[Marietta (GA) Daily Journal] The somber sounds of taps drifted over Smyrna's Veterans Memorial Park on Monday for the city's annual Memorial Day ceremony. More than 400 residents gathered at 10 a.m. to honor military men and women who died in service.

[5/27/2011]  For former Iraq War chaplain, Memorial Day invokes 'crucial' memories
The Rev. Bob Blessing describes war's defining moments with only a slight trace of humor: "Relationships count, and if nobody's blowing you up or shooting at you — it's a good day." The San Diego chaplain's most recent tour of duty in Iraq included a considerable amount of both explosions and shootings

[4/13/2011]  Military Family Appreciation Week: Serving Those Who Stand And Wait
[Huffington Post] The service of military family members, their sacrifices and service on behalf of the nation is seldom seen and little acknowledged.

[3/25/2011]  Army begins training chaplains on new 'don't ask' policy
[CNN Belief Blog] The U.S. Army is getting to the hard work of training chaplains as it begins to implement the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

[3/11/2011]  Episcopal chaplain deployed to Afghanistan cultivates 'deck-plate' ministry
The U.S. service men and women deployed to Afghanistan's austere Camp Leatherneck needed few reminders of mortality, ashes or death; instead Ash Wednesday services hoped to offer them "a little taste of home and a moment of sanctuary," according to the Rev. Rick Tiff, an Episcopal chaplain, from the Diocese of Los Angeles.

[1/25/2011]  Transitional Home for Homeless Female Veterans
[YNN] Nearly 200,000 women have served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The increase in female veterans means an increase in the number of those who are homeless, but there's a group in the Rochester, New York, area working to tackle the issue.

[1/5/2011]  Christmas Reflection: Remembering Our Wounded Warriors and Those Who Serve Them
[Huffington Post] For his first Christmas as the Bishop for the Armed Services caring for clergy of The Episcopal Church, Bishop Magness took a trip to Germany and spent Christmas at Landstuhl (Army) Regional Medical Center.

[12/8/2010]  Epistle: St. Ambrose of Milan
Given the level of racket and clatter in almost every segment of our world, authentic Advent reflection is not only difficult to accomplish, but must be a necessary part of our regular and ongoing spiritual discipline.

[11/27/2010]  U.S. strategy for treating troops wounded in Afghanistan, Iraq: Keep them moving
[Washington Post] Severly injured soldiers serving in Afghanistan are taken to the giant hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, for treatment. The Rt. Rev. James B. Magness will celebrate Christmas Eve service in Landstuhl, and visit the wounded in the hospital.

[11/24/2010]  Epistle: Clement of Rome, c. 100
I've had something of a diverse week of being in community with some incredibly interesting people.

[11/11/2010]  On Veterans Day, honor those who served through thanks, prayer and service
Veterans Day is an annual holiday in America to honor its 24.9 million veterans. World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed in the palace just outside of the small French town for which it is named. Hostilities had ended seven months earlier when at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, the Germans and the Allies signed an armistice.

[11/8/2010]  Retired army colonel to preach at Norwalk church
[Connecticut Plus] The Reverend Frank Wismar, vicar of Christ Church in Norwalk, CT, served as the senior chaplain for the Coalition Provisional Authority from April 2003 to May 2004.

[11/7/2010]  Sermon: St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Raleigh, North Carolina
The sermon preached by Bishop Magness at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Raleigh, NC, on November 7, 2010.

[10/22/2010]  Pilgrimage of Remembrance and Healing
[PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly] “Part of what’s in a pilgrim’s heart is this longing for more in life and the idea of being on a journey,” says Randy Haycock, a chaplain at Walter Reed Army Medical Center who leads monthly pilgrimages to Washington National Cathedral for Walter Reed’s Warrior Transition Brigade.

[10/7/2010]  Pastoral Letter: William Tyndale, Priest, 2010
At the House of Bishops meeting, I was impressed that the bishops were very positive about the hard and challenging work you perform. Not only do they appreciate you, but many want to actively give you their support.

[8/6/2010]  Pastoral Letter: The Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ, 2010
At times I wonder how I would react if Jesus came into our midst (Luke 9.28-36). For me the ultimate question is, “Would I do anything differently or be anything different than I did or was before I went up the mountain with Jesus?”

[6/24/2010]  Pastoral Letter: The Nativity of St. John the Baptist, 2010
As we begin this new chapter of Federal Ministries, we are very clear about the fact that the mission and ministry of your bishop and a staff is to serve you.

[6/21/2010]  Magness becomes federal ministries bishop suffragan
In a Washington National Cathedral service that included military and prison chaplains, and Anglican Communion bishops responsible for care of military personnel, the Rev. Dr. James "Jay" Magness was ordained and consecrated June 19 as the Episcopal Church's sixth bishop suffragan for federal ministries.

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