Currently, ELCA pastors serve in three federal chaplaincies – military, VA hospital, and federal correctional institutions. The numbers lean heavily toward military chaplains. We have about 150 military chaplains (counting all services, all components and our Civil Air Patrol and Coast Guard Auxiliary chaplains). We have about 30 VA hospital chaplains (full- and part-time). And with a recent retirement, we have 2 Bureau of Prison chaplains….[more]
“Coastal Carolina Ministry to Veterans Program (CCMVP)”
Often we see but, do not comprehend what we are seeing in our churches and communities. The Veterans Administration began offering a program of training for clergy and congregational members to enhance their resources, understanding of Veteran concerns/issues/ and needs in order to encourage networking and cooperative collaboration of ecumenical churches and groups in the many small and suburban congregations across all fifty states in 2014…[more]
All military members serving on Okinawa, Japan are provided opportunity to learn about the special place the island holds in our nation’s history. It was the sight of one of the bloodiest and costly battles our nation has ever fought. Many gave their lives in a place hitherto unknown to them.
One of the heroes of the Battle of Okinawa was Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor for his selfless and heroic deeds…[more]
Music heals souls, calms minds, and relaxes stressed bodies. When you combine music with the Word of God and add other arts, you birth a gift that holistically embraces with healing the wounds of war and military service. That gift is a new CD designed specifically for spiritual and mental healing soon available free from an ELCA congregation of concerned volunteers who want to help veterans, military members, and their families find total wellness. Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado formed a group called Operation One Nation Team in 2010 that has never stopped finding new ways to support military veterans, service personnel, and their families…[more]
Prayer books keep flowing in from generous congregations for chaplains worldwide. At sea comes a grateful testimonial from an ELCA Navy Chaplain. “Today we had a RAS (Replenishment At Sea) where we come along side of a supply ship that has our mail, and food, supplies, parts, and fuel that we will need to stay out here. They steam along a straight course, we pull alongside and match their speed. Then they shoot over lines, which pull over other lines, which then pull larger lines, and on those we get the fuel hoses that give us more fuel…” [more]
Selfless service by four Army chaplains at sea among 902 souls embodies the highest ideals of care for the neighbor – that person standing right next to you in need. On February 3rd 1943, seventy-four years ago Friday, Methodist minister George L. Fox, Reformed Church in America minister Clark V. Poling, Roman Catholic priest John P. Washington, and Rabbi Alexander B. Goode perished on their first mission together as chaplains.…[more]
Many different support to veteran ministries are springing up across the nation among ELCA congregations and synod offices. This website will attempt to recognize these efforts as information is sent to Pastor Scottie Lloyd at PastorScottie@LCOSavior.org .