Committee for Military Chaplaincy

Description

The Committee for Military Chaplaincy is responsible i) for endorsing Orthodox chaplains for work with the Armed Services; and ii) for working towards a single, unified process of endorsement for military chaplains of all jurisdictions. To this end, it will determine the means by which it may assume SCOBA's Endorsing Agency status vis-à-vis the Department of Defense.

Membership

Met. Isaiah (GOA) - Chairman
Abp. Nikon (OCA)
Bp. Daniel (UOC)
Bp. Peter (ROCOR)

Committee Liaison

Fr. Nathanael Symeonides

Consultants

1. Fr. Theodore Boback
2. Fr. Nicolæ Buga
3. Fr. Stephen Close
4. Fr. Jerome Cwikilinski
5. Fr. Luke Uhl

Terms of Reference

What is to be accomplished

  • Identify and catalogue all Orthodox Christian Chaplains in the Armed Services of the USA
  • Determine the procedure and the schedule by which the Assembly may assume SCOBA's Endorsing Agency status vis-à-vis the Department of Defense
  • Work towards a unified process of endorsement by the Assembly for all Orthodox Christian military chaplains of all jurisdictions, consistent not only with Department of Defense regulations, but also with Canonical Orthodox practice and the pastoral competencies necessary for the Chaplains to accomplish their mission
  • Recommend to and obtain from the Assembly the process for endorsement of Orthodox chaplains for work with the Armed Services; implement this process on an ongoing basis

How it is to be accomplished

  • Contact all Chancellors of the jurisdictions/presences and obtain information on Military Chaplains
  • Identify and contact relevant officials in the Department of Defense in order to ascertain proper procedures

With whom it is to be accomplished

  • Chancellors and all endorsing agents who have served in that capacity.
  • Current Military Chaplains, some of whom (retired or not) should be included as advisors to the Committee

News and Events

OCF Chaplains Conference – Shaping the Future of Campus Ministry

Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) held its annual Chaplains Conference for clergy and lay leaders May 1-3, 2007 at the Antiochian Village Conference Center in Ligonier, PA. This retreat brought together twenty five clergy and lay OCF chaplains from throughout North America. read more »

OCF Holds First-ever Chaplains Conference

Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) held its first-ever Chaplains Conference for clergy and lay leaders May 2-4, 2006 at the Antiochian Village Conference Center in Ligonier, PA. This fantastic retreat brought together twenty clergy and lay OCF chaplains from throughout North America. read more »