Military & Armed Forces


March 14, 2013

By: The Rt. Rev. James B. (Jay) Magness

The Rt. Rev. James B. Magness To the House of Bishops Kanuga Conference Center Hendersonville, NC On March 12, 2013 Good afternoon. Jay Magness: Armed Services and Federal Ministries.

I want to use the next few minutes to update you on some things I am doing and in which my small staff...

November 10, 2012

The Rev. Kelly Ayer, director of Zion House, and two of the house’s residents have a conversation in the house’s backyard. ENS Photo/Lynette Wilson

[Episcopal News Service] After leaving an unhealthy relationship, Linda, a U.S. Navy veteran, moved in with her son and his girlfriend —...

July 9, 2012

By: Cesar Cardoza

The Rev. Bill Alford of Pennsylvania, a chaplain for the Civil Air Patrol (a civilian auxiliary of the Air Force), shares information about the office of federal ministries with the Rev. Earl Gibson of the Diocese of Los Angeles. Photo/Janet Kawamoto

[Episcopal News Service –...

November 11, 2011

Editor's note: This piece first appeared online in The Huffington Post's Religion Section.

For many people of my generation who came of age through rites of passage in the 1960s, military service most often was looked upon as the least preferred life choice. Even amongst those of us who...

November 11, 2011

A few months before my retirement from the United States Air Force in 2002, I was waiting for a colleague at the Dayton International Airport. As I stood with others near where passengers deplane, a man came up and thanked me for my service to our country. I found myself suddenly filled with...

May 26, 2011

"I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live." From this week's lectionary, John 14:15-21.

According to news commentator and Episcopalian Jon Meacham, less than one-half of...

August 4, 2010

Editor's note: This story was updated Friday, Aug. 6.

The Rev. Martha Kester, a chaplain and 1st lieutenant in the Iowa National Guard and rector at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Des Moines, Iowa, is scheduled to leave Aug. 9 for a 12 month deployment to Afghanistan.

Kester, who...

June 3, 2010

Support for the repeal of the U.S. Military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is gaining momentum. Last week the House of Representatives passed a bill repealing the 17-year old law, followed closely by a vote of approval by the Senate Armed Service Committee just days later. It seems likely to...

January 28, 2010

Episcopal chaplains gathered in Washington, D.C. Jan. 19-23 for a Federal Ministries Conference to explore "Healing from Trauma, a Journey into the Holy," hearing from theologians, victims of tragedy, disaster experts and a chaplain on the ground in Afghanistan.

They also met to honor...

September 8, 2009

St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, Florida, is hosting an exhibition September 8-9 of more than 40 quilts made for 31 wounded U.S. Armed Services veterans who will attend a spiritual retreat sponsored by the Diocese of Florida.

The quilt project is done in partnership with the...