Several times in recent years I've written about the importance of military chaplains and why they should continue to be provided and paid for through the regular defense budget.
Related to all of that is this article I found in the most recent edition of Presbyterians Today, "Top Nine Things to Remember When Ministering to Veterans," by Steven Voris, a Presbyerian chaplain in the U.S. Navy.
I'm pretty sure that you have to be a paid subscriber to the magazine to read the piece to which I've given you a link (at least until it posts for free later), so before you get frustrated trying to connect to it, let me give you a summary of the nine points and see if you agree with them or think the author has missed something:
* For many veterans, worship practice trumps denominational loyalty.
* Tolerance and diversity are important values.
* Listen without judgment when veterans choose to share their experiences.
* Patriotic symbols are important to veterans.
* Veterans are security experts.
* Active duty personnel and veterans are likely to have odd attendance (at worship) patterns.
* Veterans know how to work hard and they thrive in serving others.
* Veterans come from a culture of blunt honesty.
Well, as I say, the headline to the piece noted that those are just the top nine things to remember. My guess is you could make a list of dozens more. And I'm wondering what you might add to the list or subtract from this one.
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Is it time to discard the term "Mainline Protestant," which refers to Presbyterians, Methodists and several other denominations? This piece suggests exactly that. It's worth some conversation for sure.
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P.S.: My latest Presbyterian Outlook column now is online. To read it, click here.
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ANOTHER P.S.: WOODSTOCK, Ill. -- I'm on the road for a few days and won't have time to write here about this interesting interview with Pope Francis, but I didn't want you to miss it.