The DoD announced that US Navy Captain Margaret Kibben, who was recently selected for promotion to Rear Admiral (lower half), will be the new head Chaplain for the US Marine Corps:
Capt. Margaret G. Kibben…will be assigned as chaplain of the Marine Corps/deputy chief of Chaplains/deputy director of Religious Ministries, N097B, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C. Kibben is currently serving as executive assistant to the chief of Chaplains, Washington, D.C.
Kibben is apparently a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and represents the Presbyterian Church (USA). She has also been a Chaplain at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis.
Also noted at the Navy Times.
Statements released by Osama bin Laden have validated the fears of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation’s Michael Weinstein, whose organization has repeatedly claimed that associations of Christianity with the US military provide “propaganda” and “recruiting tools” to America’s adversaries, endangering US troops and the mission of the nation. Read more
An article summarizing USAFA Superintendent LtGen Gould’s first year at the helm contained an interesting anecdote about a cadet “proselytized” by a Chaplain last summer:
Diversity and a culture of respect go hand-in-hand, General Gould said, adding that he is pleased with the culture of respect that has developed at the Academy in recent years. He recalled the story of a basic cadet from the Class of 2013 who complained of having been proselytized when the cadet went to see a chaplain. Read more
The first set of pictures documenting religion and its place in the US military is now up on the Resources page. Chaplains are shown “in action,” alongside the servicemembers with whom they serve everyday.
Many seem to be surprised by the presence of men and women of faith in the US military, and the fact that they can (and do) express that faith. These pictures and those to come — all of which are publicly available — will show that faith has a fitting and integral role in many lives in the military.
Few people might realize that while the Military Religious Freedom Foundation claims some 16,000 undefined “clients,” fewer than a half dozen people actually speak for the MRFF (and even fewer speak with any regularity). It is interesting, then, to observe Michael Weinstein’s inability to control his own message.
This site has already pointed out the self-contradiction of Chris Rodda, the MRFF research assistant who said a Chaplain’s sermon was “of course…permissible,” but it was also “part of the…problem.” (Her statement was also in direct contradiction with Weinstein’s own words.) In addition, the MRFF still uses the Read more
The Alliance Defense Fund has previously stated its position that the “repeal” of DADT would ultimately result in untenable conflicts between the moral, religious positions of military Chaplains and the new policy. The ADF is now publicizing a 6-page letter signed by 41 “distinguished” Chaplains opposing the policy change.
The letter says, in essence, that if homosexuals were allowed to serve openly by direct military policy, the Chaplains would be forced to choose “to obey God or to obey men.” Chaplains would be forced to avoid preaching on certain topics, or would face Read more
Last year, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State complained to the military that former Navy Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt was representing himself as a current Chaplain. In the end, Klingenschmitt responded by adding a disclaimer to his publications saying he was a former Chaplain. Rob Boston, one of the lead voices of the AU, subsequently said Read more
Along with being the National Day of Prayer, May 6 is also set to see the opening of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center.
As a result of base realignment and closure (BRAC), the services were directed to consolidate their Chaplain training facilities. Fort Jackson, SC, will serve as the single location at which all military Chaplains will be trained, though it appears that each service will retain separate training courses.
Chaplain (Col.) Steven Keith will be the commandant of the Air Force Chaplain Corps College at Fort Jackson, as well as the director of the AFCC itself.