WHO AMERICANS ARE RELIGIOUSLY
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life yesterday released the second part of its U.S. Religious Landscape Survey. When you click on the link, I invite you first to go to the "Comparisons" section. Some intriguing material there that points to the amazing diversity of religious belief in our pluralistic society. I'll have more to say about all of this later here and maybe in a column, but poke around in the findings and see what surprises you. For some comments on all this from the religion reporter of the Dallas Morning News, click here. And for the Pew Forum's own press release about the survey, click here.
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THE LIVES OF MILITARY CHAPLAINS
For some reason I've been thinking lately about the difficult work that military chaplains do -- necessary, dangerous, uplifting work.
So I thought I'd hunt around to see if any such folks (or members of their families) are blogging about their experiences to give all of us a taste of what that life is like.
I've found several I'll share with you in the hope that all of us can more fully appreciate the job chaplains do to hold together our people in the military.
The first blog I found is by an Assemblies of God chaplain. It's got some interesting posts, but it appears he let it go dormant several months ago. He's got a wife, four kids and is stationed in Alaska.
Next I found a blog by the wife of a military chaplain. It's much more up to date. She and her husband also have four kids, one of whom is also in the military.
I found this blog by an Army chaplain serving in Iraq. Note his wide range of interests. This isn't just a site about his thoughts on God.
Next, here's a blog by a Universalist-Unitarian who, when he wrote this, was considering becoming a military chaplain. He talks about the negative reaction among some other U-U members.
Finally (this is a really brief list for you today) here's a spot for Buddhists in the military, including information on where to find a chaplain.
Well, as I say, this is just a taste of what's out there. If you know other blogs related to military chaplains, pass them along.
But let's remember the important work these folks do to keep body and soul together for our troops.
To read my latest Kansas City Star work, click here.