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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 joined the military service through our own choice -- often to avoid the Selective Service which, we...
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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 emotion, perhaps from the anticipatory grief of retiring after serving faithfully for 30 years. But in...
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June 4, 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 me that within the next several months we will see the beginning of a fully...
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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 Jacksonville-based Wounded Warrior Project, whose mission is to honor and empower wounded service men and...
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May 19, 2009
Wars create a distance that can't be measured merely by counting the miles between battlefield and home. The distance separating service members and their families and friends can be filled with fear, anxiety and experiences too difficult to talk about. The time away changes those who go and those who stay. A new three-part series of Episcopal Church resources titled Across the Miles is...
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March 20, 2006
It began as a simple ministry: place daily morning prayer, noonday prayer and compline online for anyone to hear. The Rev. Dr. Chip Lee, who has a background in broadcasting, has been recording these inspirational prayers for downloading in his rural Garrett County office and putting them on his church's Web site since September 2005. In January the Diocese of Maryland installed a new server...
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December 23, 2004
The Rev. David Sivret, rector of Christ Church, Eastport, Maine, and nearby St. Anne's, Calais, is currently serving as chaplain in Mosul, Iraq, with the Maine Guard's 133rd Engineering Battalion. After the December 21 bomb blast there that killed 22 people, Sivret sent the following note to the people of the Diocese of Maine, adding his thanks for their prayers and for the support...
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December 3, 2004
Remembering World War II: Presiding Bishop visits Pearl Harbor Church Remembering World War I: Maryland bishop rededicates one-of-a-kind chapel Remembering active military personnel: Episcopal Prayer Books Available Remembering active military personnel: Episcopal Prayer Books Available [ENS] -- From Iraq to Afghanistan, U.S. military personnel currently deployed can be supplied with...