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The Role of Chapter Chaplain:
A Workshop for Maryland VVA Chaplains
Held at Chapter 451 Home, Baltimore, MD, July 27, 1996
Jackson H. Day, Chaplain



Opening (10 AM)

  • Who we are, where we were in Vietnam era
  • Why we became chapter chaplains
  • Desired outcome from this meeting

    Two Chaplaincy Concepts

  • Welcome Home
  • God "goes before"

    Concept 1. Welcome Home

  • Numbers 31:21-24
  • Contrast: Rice Paddies today, Scranton PA tomorrow
  • Chaplains and those still "outside the camp"
  • Discussion: What do we encounter in chapters?

    Concept 2. God "goes before"

  • Isaiah 52:12
  • Wherever we go, whoever we talk with -- God is already at work
  • Step 1 always = listen & find out what God is doing
  • Discussion: What spiritual imperatives do we bring with us?

    VVA Chaplaincy Guidelines

  • Selection of a chaplain
  • Certification of a chaplain
  • Duties of a chaplain
  • Spiritual Ceremonies
  • Referral to civilian churches
  • Interpretation to civilian community
  • Other duties
  • Discussion: Getting the needs met vs. meeting the needs

    Memorial Service Guidelines

  • Philosophical background
  • When to use
  • Relating to family and clergy

    Denominational (Catholic, Protestant, Jewish) Services

  • Typically only on weekend-long events - Conventions
  • Don't pretend "one size fits all"
  • Make sure options available for all

    Innovations we can propose

  • Discussion from floor

    Where do we go from here?

  • Individual Chapters
  • State Council level - newsletters
  • Memorial Day, Veterans Day Services
  • Next meeting


    Updated March 21, 1999

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