It remains unclear if Department of Defense (DoD) officials will respond to the Synod’s Sept. 8 request to ensure protections for chaplains, service members and others, following the DoD’s recently mandated LGBT policies.
Rear Adm. Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Gard, president of Concordia University Chicago, retires with honors from the U.S Navy Reserve after 28 years as a Naval Reserve Chaplain, Sept. 22.
“I give thanks to God that I’m able to be a part of it,” said new LCMS Board for International Mission member Rev. Roberto Rojas at the board’s first meeting of the new triennium.
The Synod sends a formal request to the Secretary of Defense to ensure specific protections for chaplains, service members and other defense personnel, as Christian service members face increasing pressures in today’s military.
The LCMS has submitted a formal request to the Secretary of Defense to ensure specific protections for chaplains, service members, medical personnel, DoD civilians and other DoD-affiliated employees, per the recently mandated LGBT Pride Month and the new DoD policies on transgender service members, which include in-service gender transitions while serving in the military.
Also adopted July 12 by delegates to the 66th Regular LCMS convention in Milwaukee was a resolution in support of the Synod’s three international schools.
The 2016 LCMS convention applauds the ministry of military chaplains and celebrates nearly doubling the number of LCMS career missionaries in the past three years.
LCMS chaplains serve our Lord, His church and our nation with courage and integrity, as they provide pastoral care and support to those who defend our nation. Through efforts like Operation Barnabas, the Ministry to the Armed Forces provides training and guidance to local congregations to care for and to support to our military members, their families and veterans in our local communities.
During an interview with KFUO Radio’s Joanie Harwell on May 13, the Rev. Tristan Engle, who is preparing to serve as a U.S. Navy chaplain, and the Rev. Craig Muehler, director of LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces, talk about becoming a chaplain in the armed forces.
Rev. Craig Muehler, director of LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces, and Daniel Briggs, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, discussed religious freedom in the military with moderator Kip Allen during a May 18 program on KFUO Radio.
KFUO Radio’s Andy Bates talks with Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Steven Hokana, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Assistant Director of Ministry to the Armed Forces, about Hokana’s new position. Hokana helps oversee the Synod’s ministry to U.S. service members, veterans and their families.