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Teachers and schools are in charge of our most precious resource yet struggle for adequate financing. What if schools enjoyed pork-barrel largesse and the military depended on corporate charity? Talk about a reversal of fortunes. […] Read More

The biggest way your church can honor veterans is not through worship services centered around an unauthentic fantasy of “American exceptionalism” on Veterans Day. Instead, try these 3 ideas. […] Read More

It is often expressed that the nature of the church is spiritual, not political. Jesus, the Savior of the world, is primarily, if not exclusively, interested in the salvation of souls. However, when this assumption is tested in the face of tragedy, we are left with a shallow gospel that is unable to speak hope […] Read More

(RNS) Growing up in Kuwait, Asif Balbale thought he wanted to become a chemical engineer. He never imagined enlisting in the U.S. Navy, much less becoming an imam. Balbale got his engineering degree after immigrating to the U.S. at age 21. With jobs hard to come by, he tried to enlist in the Army, but […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) Military chaplains can lead same-sex marriage ceremonies on and off military bases, the Pentagon announced Friday (Sept. 30), in a move that closely followed the repeal of a ban on openly gay service members. “A military chaplain may participate in or officiate any private ceremony, whether on or off a military installation, provided […] Read More

Editor’s note: The story below will be included in remarks by Charles McGathy, pastor of First Baptist Church in Madison, N.C., at a 9/11 ceremony this Sunday. I’d like to share with you a story. This happened in the days following 9/11 while I was serving as Command Chaplain at Naval Base Coronado, Calif. It […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) House lawmakers voted Thursday (July 7) to order the Pentagon to uphold the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. In an amendment to a larger Defense Department funding bill, the House voted 248-175 to restrict the Pentagon from granting same-sex couples the same rights […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill that would make it harder for protesters from a fringe Baptist church in Topeka, Kansas, to protest outside military funerals. The Sanctity of Eternal Rest for Veterans Act, introduced by Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, comes in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 8-1 decision […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Army is facing questions over a “spiritual fitness” portion of a mandatory questionnaire, with some atheists calling it “invidious and not inclusive” of soldiers who are nonbelievers. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation learned in December that soldiers were being asked to respond to statements such as “I am a spiritual person” […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) A long-awaited report on the possible repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay members says the chaplains corps has “some of the most intense and sharpest divergence of views” on the issue. The comprehensive review, issued Tuesday (Nov. 30), concluded that “special attention” should be given to the concerns among the approximately […] Read More