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May 2013 Gathering – USACCRA, DC Chapter

May 2013 Gathering – USACCRA, DC Chapter

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We held our Spring 2013 social luncheon at the Crystal City Sports Pub on 23rd Street.  We had chaplains (active and retired), chaplain assistants, and DA civilians.  We had a high number of regrets for this particular meeting, but even with several of our “regulars” not able to attend, we had 15 participants.

Our agenda was to maintain the connections of our chaplains corps.  This was a joyous reunion.  Further, we are looking ahead to supporting chaplaincy in two upcoming meetings: 

July 26th – USACCRA will attend and be available to support the Chaplains Corps Anniversary activities at Arlington National Cemetery and Fort Myer.  The lead chaplain planner for this is Chaplain (COL) Mike Brainerd who attended our meeting.  We will stay tuned for specific assignments that can under gird the ceremonies and the luncheon  This year, the focus of the honors will celebrate the service of Chaplain Emil Kapaun, Medal of Honor recipient early in 2013.

October 17th – USACCRA will extend specific invitations to the Chaplain Candidates in the commuting area around Washington DC.  This is an opportunity to support these seminary students in their formation and interest in Army chaplaincy.

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In response to the media coverage on religious proselytization.

OCCH has verified that this is the OSD statement in response to recent media and public query. Thank you for your concern and prayers:

“The U.S. Department of Defense has never and will never single out a particular religious group for persecution or prosecution. The Department makes reasonable accommodations for all religions and celebrates the religious diversity of our service members.

Service members can share their faith (evangelize), but must not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others of any faith or no faith to one’s beliefs (proselytization). If a service member harasses another member on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability, then the commander takes action based on the gravity of the occurrence. Likewise, when religious harassment complaints are reported, commanders take action based on the gravity of the occurrence on a case by case basis.

The Department of Defense places a high value on the rights of members of the Military Services to observe the tenets of their respective religions and respects (and supports by its policy) the rights of others to their own religious beliefs, including the right to hold no beliefs. The Department does not endorse any one religion or religious organization, and provides free access of religion for all members of the military services.

We work to ensure that all service members are free to exercise their Constitutional right to practice their religion — in a manner that is respectful of other individuals’ rights to follow their own belief systems; and in ways that are conducive to good order and discipline; and that do not detract from accomplishing the military mission.”