Bulletin Insert – May 27, 2018

Armed Forces and Federal Ministries: The Frontline of the Jesus Movement

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces [and federal ministries] at home and abroad.  Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (from The Book of Common Prayer)

The office of the Bishop for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries was established during the turbulent time of the Vietnam War, when our country was divided politically and socially. The Episcopal Church discerned a call to establish a dedicated episcopacy to tend to all members of the church who served in the military. Over the decades, the ministry has grown to include veterans’ hospitals and the Bureau of Prisons.

The Bishop for the Armed Forces is a suffragan who works directly for the Presiding Bishop. Our office supports ministry to the military and oversees the Episcopal chaplains who care for our servicemembers, veterans, and federal prisoners. We equip our chaplains to preach the loving, liberating, and life-giving Gospel of Jesus Christ in some of the most challenging locations and demanding situations. It is not an understatement to say that our chaplains serve on the “frontline” of the Jesus Movement.

We currently have 110 chaplains serving in the active duty military, reserves, VA Hospitals, prisons, Civil Air Patrol, and Coast Guard Auxiliary. Their ministry spans the globe. Our Episcopal tradition is uniquely able to respond in Christ’s name to people of different backgrounds, cultures, and gender-identity at a time when ma ny denominations will not. Our priests are empowered to minister to all of God’s children, no matter the situation. It is the greatest honor to serve Christ in that freedom of witness in a world that so desperately needs to hear that Jesus is for them –  no exceptions.

There are some ways that you can support us in our work:

  • Support and encourage priests to consider the call to Federal Chaplaincy
  • Be a parish that calls a clergy person who also serves in the National Guard or Reserves
  • Look for ways your parish might support its local community through affiliation with the Guard, CAP, Coast Guard Auxiliary, local military base, or VA Hospital.
  • If you feel moved to do so, you may make donations to this important ministry by sending a check to “DFMS,” with “Bishop for Armed Forces” in the note line, to: Episcopal Church Center, Attn: Controller’s Office, 815 Second Ave., New York, NY 10017

For more information and links to the various federal branches, visit our website at www.episcopalfederalchaplains.org

The Rt. Rev. Carl W. Wright
The VII Bishop for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries

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  1. Thank you so much for this.
    I am a veteran who served in the USAF

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